Snapshots of Summer at NEC

NEC's Jordan Hall and Student Life and Performance Center have been bustling this summer as students congregated on campus for a wide range of summer learning opportunities. 

NEC welcomed students from six-year-old guitarists and Suzuki string players, to teens seeking pre-college training in jazz and orchestral playing, to passionate adult musicians seeking continuing education.

Eliot Fisk plays guitar alongside a student in a GuitarFest master class.
NEC faculty & GuitarFest Artistic Director Eliot Fisk works with a student in a GuitarFest master class.
A young guitarist holds his guitar over his head in a group class.
GuitarFest hosted summer programs for young guitarists ages six and up, alongside programs for teens and adults.
A teen jazz singer smiles and sings into a microphone at Jazz Lab.
Jazz Lab welcomed students ages 14–18 for a week of courses, concerts, and adventures in Boston.
Becca Stevens performs for a full audience.
This year's Jazz Lab guest artist was Becca Stevens, who worked with students on songwriting, improvisation, and developing personal artistry.
Members of the string section smile and laugh with each other.
NEC's Preparatory School hosted the Summer Orchestra Institute for orchestral players ages 13–19.
A performer shoves a pencil up her nose while crumpling an aluminum can.
The Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) welcomed musicians for an intensive week-long performance seminar on music of the 20th century, including experimental new works.
Mark Dresser plays bass and looks closely at conductor Steve Drury.
SICPP guest artists included acclaimed bassist Mark Dresser, pictured here with SICPP Artistic Director Stephen Drury.
Two opera singers embrace and sing.
NEC's School of Continuing Education hosted a range of summer programs, including the three week Opera Studio intensive.