About EM

EM is available to students through individual advising, courses, project funding, and paid experiential learning. The EM Team are conservatory-trained professionals with experience in many genres of music, from classical to rock, both onstage and beyond. NEC students and alumni have access to free one-on-one advising sessions about anything from bio writing and resumes to grant proposals, long term projects, career direction, and artistic goals.

Our office is in room 106 of the St. Botolph building, across from Pierce Hall.

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Annie Phillips EM

Anna-Christina Phillips

Associate Dean & Faculty

Annie is a clarinetist, bass clarinetist, and arts advocate whose career has spanned almost every department of every size of organization, from a self-managed chamber ensemble to a startup orchestra-for-hire to the San Francisco Symphony.

Annie is co-director of Switchboard Music, whose flagship event is an annual marathon festival showcasing the Bay Area's diverse musical communities, and is Instructor of Arts Marketing at UMass Amherst.

Before moving to Boston, Annie lived in San Francisco and worked on behalf of numerous ensembles promoting new and interesting musical presentations.  Most recently, Annie was on the professional development faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory and program lead at Zoo Labs, where she led two-week music residencies blending elements of a tech startup accelerator with a traditional artist residency. For five years, she was the managing director of the Magik*Magik Orchestra, a made-to-order orchestra for artists and creatives, and was a founding member of a theatrical chamber ensemble that performed music from memory and in costume. 

Annie earned degrees in clarinet performance from the Peabody and San Francisco Conservatories. Outside of music, Annie is a competitive rower and noncompetitive knitter.


Drew Worden

Andrew Worden

Assistant Dean & Faculty

Andrew Worden is a drummer, percussionist, and composer in Boston, MA where he is Faculty and Assistant Dean of Entrepreneurial Musicianship at the New England Conservatory.

As a composer, Andrew's percussion music is programmed frequently at conservatories and universities around the world with recent performances in France, Greece, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Malaysia, Colombia, and across the United States. His music has been performed by the Paris Percussion Group, the Eastman Percussion Ensemble, and was featured at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in 2017 and in Carnegie Hall in 2018. As a composer for multimedia, Andrew's original scores can be heard in the documentary Spiritus (Student Academy Awards, finalist) and the children’s book series Yum & Yuk.

Alongside composer Ivan Trevino, Andrew recently started The Big Trouble, a percussion / songwriting collective focused on creating music for percussion and vocals in an indie-rock aesthetic. The Big Trouble was the recipient of an Arts Grant from The Boston Foundation in 2017 and has since released their debut album on Spotify and iTunes.

He currently teaches two courses at NEC: Health & Wellness for Musicians and Grant Writing for Artists, where he has helped students earn more than $100,000 in paid performances and grants. Prior to his appointment at NEC, Andrew was Managing Director of the Mizzou International Composer’s Festival, and a post-graduate intern in Performing Arts Medicine at the Eastman School of Music.

Andrew earned the MM in Percussion Performance and Certificate in Arts Leadership from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Michael Burritt and Bill Cahn.