Online | Musical Storytelling Showcase

It's time for NEC's annual Musical Storytelling Showcase!

While we are unable to gather together during this time of social distancing, NEC is excited to share a virtual version of our popular spring event for young children & families. During April vacation week, we will roll out a new video each morning at 11 a.m., featuring a mix of "meet the instrument" and musical storytelling sessions.

Each video showcases the unique creative work of one of NEC's Musical Storytelling Fellows, who spent the school year training as teaching artists in preschools and early elementary classrooms through NEC's Community Performances & Partnerships program.

Age range:

While best suited for children ages 3 – 7 years old, listeners of all ages are most welcome to join the fun!

When & Where:

New videos released at 11 a.m., Monday through Friday, April 20 – 24, 2020. Video sessions will range from 20-40 minutes each.

Watch on YouTube


  • Monday, April 20 | Alex Fowler, cello
    All about Monkeys!  Cellist Alex Fowler shares stories about monkeys and other fun cello tricks!
  • Tuesday, April 21 | Morgan Pope, bassoon
    Meet the wild and wacky bassoon and use your imagination to create your own stories inspired by its sounds!
  • Wednesday, April 22 | Angela Wang, violin
    Sharing music all the way from Taiwan, violinist Angela Wang introduces us to the violin and the amazing world of the Gruffalo!  Story narrated by a special family guest.
  • Thursday, April 23 | Cheyanna Duran, oboe
    Meet the Oboe and hear the story of an animal that often sounds like it!
  • Friday, April 24 | Lucy Little, violin
    Gather round the rocking chair for a newly created musical story, performed by a father and daughter duo!

About CPP | Community Performances & Partnerships:

A recognized trailblazer, NEC's Community Performances and Partnerships Program (CPP) is one of the premier programs in the nation for engaging conservatory students with their community through robust, meaningful partnership activities and high-quality training.

CPP interacts annually with close to 21,000 people through over 600 events that reach across ages, neighborhoods, ethnicities, and economic disparities in the city of Boston and beyond.  CPP simultaneously provides NEC students with a crucial opportunity to explore what it means to be a musician living in and contributing to community life, within an atmosphere of supportive mentoringprofessional development, and experiential learning.