What’s New at NEC: Fall Semester

News from NEC students, faculty, and alumni including Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, Sid RichardsonJordan Bak, Adria Ye, Luciana Souza, and the NEC Community Performances & Partnerships Program; recent Grammy Award nominations for the NEC community; and we remember alumna Lucinda M. Olson and former faculty member Mick Goodrick, who both passed away in November.

Recent Wins

Mehmet Sanlikol DownBeat Best Albums

DownBeat named the album “An Elegant Ritual” by NEC faculty member Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol as one of their Best Albums of 2022. 

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Sid Richardson headshot

NEC Composition faculty member Sid Richardson premiered his new motet, Magnificat, as part of Emmanuel Music’s Motet Commissioning project at Boston’s Emmanuel Church. Five living composers were commissioned to produce motets inspired by the Bach cantatas they premiered alongside. 

Read Sid Richardson’s notes on Magnificat







Jordan Bak Viola - Cropped

Violist Jordan Bak ’16 has been signed to Arts Management Group. Additionally, Jordan became an Assistant Professor of Viola at Bowling Green State University's College of Musical Arts this year. 

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Adria Ye Piano

Adria Ye ’24 GD, a current Graduate Diploma student of Wha Kyung Byun in piano, received the Paul Streit Prize in the Geneva International Music Competition, one of the world’s leading music competitions. 

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Luciana Souza Voice - Cropped

The New York Times asked Jazz Studies alumna and Grammy Award winner Luciana Souza '94 MM to name one of her favorite jazz tracks in their feature “5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Jazz Vocals.” 

See what she chose






Boston Hope Music

New England Conservatory received First Honorable Mention in the 2022 Cam Busch NOAH Arts in Health Awards' "Arts Building Resilience" Category for the Boston Hope Music Teaching Project. The project is run by NEC's Community Partnerships and Partnerships Program and Massachusetts General Hospital. The initiative, started in 2020, pairs hospitalists from MGH with NEC student-teaching fellows for music lessons and involvement.

"This program has been a beacon of hope for so many during the pandemic, and it is an honor to shine a light on the beautiful collaboration between MGH hospitalists and NEC students that has made this project so meaningful and filled with joy," commented NEC's Dean of Community Engagement and Professional Studies Tanya Maggi.

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In Memoriam - Candles

In Memoriam

It is with tremendous sadness that we share the obituary of alumna Lucinda M. Olson ’16 MM, who passed away in November at age 30 from breast cancer. Lucinda earned her Master of Music in French Horn Performance in 2016. 

Read her full obituary

NEC recently paid tribute to acclaimed guitarist and former faculty member Mick Goodrick, who also passed away in November. 

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In Case You Missed It: Grammy Award Nominations and Recent Wins

Four members of the NEC community receive Grammy nominations; Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol invents a new instrument; and more! 

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