An "I Vote" sticker on a desk with a cello bow, sheet music, and a pencil. The sticker also has the URL www.playforthevote.com
Contemporary Improvisation faculty member Mike Block has launched Play for the Vote, which now includes hundreds of musicians in 40 states and the District of Columbia, but began with a simple idea: "“[I thought], ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if I went down to the polling station and just played music all day for everyone who was voting?’ ”
Four distinguished Black Alumni speakers for the NEC Perspectives Forum
In today's recap, four distinguished Black alumni share their vision of what NEC looks and feels like when it has lived up to its commitment of cultural equity and belonging. Our panelists are Carmen Johnson-Pájaro ’18 MM Violin Performance, deVon Russell Gray ’01 Composition, Darynn Dean ’18 Jazz Studies, and John Alexander Garner ’06 Vocal Performance.
Cheryl Susheel Bibbs speaks via Zoom
Cheryl Susheel Bibbs ’70 MM discusses the social and political turmoil that led to the cancelation of the 1970 graduation ceremony, and shares her ideas and suggestions in support of breaking down "otherness" and increasing inclusion and diversity at NEC.
Dr. Darryl Harper smiles and speaks with animated hand gestures.
In today's recap, we revisit the third NEC Perspectives Forum, in which Stanford Thompson sat down for a conversation with alumnus Dr. Darryl Harper '08 DMA, examining the history of NEC in the larger context of Black Studies and Jazz Studies programs across the United States.
Carl Atkins, Susan Calkins, Stanford Thompson, and Ken Schaphorst
In today's recap, we examine the beginnings of Jazz Studies at NEC through conversation with founding chair Carl Atkins, current chair Ken Schaphorst, and alumna Susan Calkins ’83 MM, whose doctoral dissertation and book focuses on the history of Gunther Schuller and jazz at NEC.
Six faces in separate squares via Zoom. In the center is Stanford Thompson, and in the other 5 squares are 5 members of the Revolutionary Students Alliance. They are smiling and speaking.
The NEC Perspectives Forums, launched this summer, have provided an opportunity for students, alumni, and faculty to discuss how the past, present, and future of an NEC where everyone feels that they belong. The first set of forums focused on the Black experience at NEC, and lays the groundwork for future forums discussing a wide array of opportunities to create equity and belonging.
Gabriel Martins and Geneva Lewis pose with their instruments.
Cellist Gabriel Martins ’21 MM and violinist Geneva Lewis ’20, ’22 AD are the Grand Prize winners for the Concert Artists Guild 2020 Victor Elmaleh Competition.
New England Conservatory voice professor Ian Howell, upper left, works remotely with students Kaitlin Burton, right, and Cynthia Tseng, lower left, using technology that eliminates delays. (Courtesy)
NEC professor Ian Howell spoke with WBUR about his work on low-latency music making, addressing both the technology and the human need for togetherness through music.
Sydney Adedamola
News about NEC students, alumni, and faculty members including Sydney Adedamola, Ethan Iverson, Juventas New Music Ensemble, NEC Symphonic Winds, J. Rosamond Johnson, Nicholas Kitchen, and more.
Lift Music Fund infographic about socioeconomic status and musical aptitude, reporting that SES is more predictive of success in music than academic competence or musical aptitude.
Founded by wind conducting alum Emily Mariko Eng ‘18 MM, the new fund bolsters racial and socioeconomic equity by providing consistent, rapid financial support for the incidental costs of pursuing musical education.