Downbeat - Julian Lage
News from NEC alumni, students, and faculty members including Suubi Laurent, Julian Lage, Peter Rogers, Thomas Wilkins, Delfina Cheb-Terrab, Lucy Little, Coretta Scott King, Alyssa Wang, Nicholas Brown, and more.
Three images: 1. text message bubbles of an interview with Robyn Smith; 2. Robyn is smiling and holding her trombone near a window; 3. Beautiful green grass, blue sky, and a tree
We caught up with trombonist Robyn Smith ’19, ’21 MM to hear about her summer as a Tanglewood Fellow, her favorite spots in the Berkshires, and what's inspiring her these days. Our text conversation includes shoutouts to contemporary composer Kevin Day, Betty's Pizza Shack in Lenox, and all the Black athletes who shone with excellence this summer.
Siraj Al Hassan
NEC alum, Siraj Al Hassan ’81 brings a unique musical perspective to the world.
Billy Hart
The legendary jazz drummer was honored by the National Endowment for the Arts alongside Stanley Clarke, Cassandra Wilson, and Donald Harrison Jr., in the 40th anniversary year of the award.
Black and white photo of Rusty Warren in the 1960s. She is bending forward with her hands on her knees, wearing a glamorous dress and winking.
Pianist, singer, and comedian Rusty Warren ’48, frequently called the "mother of the sexual revolution," passed away on May 25th at the age of 91.
A photo of a plush NEC penguin is encircled by a rainbow music note border for Pride Month
Happy Pride Month! Enjoy this mixtape of LGBTQ+ composers—old-school and contemporary—curated by the NEC community in honor of #Pride2021!
Nellie Brown Mitchell
News from NEC alumni, students, and faculty members including the Balourdet Quartet, Trio Gaia, Keila Wakao, Sarah Matsushima, Jenni Rudolph, Zhanbo Zheng, Jingsi Lu, Zhiqiao Zhang, Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, Nellie Brown Mitchell, and others.
Robbie Bui speaks at a lectern from the Jordan Hall stage during Commencement 2021.
In his remarks, Robbie celebrated a year of music from under-represented composers, and envisioned a future of music made richer and more expansive through diverse musical ideas.
Esther Tien, wearing a graduation cap and gown, opens her arms wide and flings confetti while speaking at the podium at Commencement 2021.
Esther Tien ’20 MM flung confetti while congratulating the Classes of 2020 and 2021 on their achievements during a difficult year.