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We are the village it takes to produce the highest caliber musicians, for whom music is language, memory, community, social force, and mover of humanity. Here are the latest stories about our students, faculty, and alumni from all areas of NEC life—our College, Preparatory School, and School of Continuing Education.

Lorna Cooke deVaron conducts, in a photo taken from the perspective of the chorus. Featured

NEC Mourns the the Loss of Lorna Cooke deVaron

Mrs. deVaron was the founding Director of Choral Activities at NEC.
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Erica Petrocelli, Blaise Dejardin, and NEC Jazz Orchestra at BSO Gala

Erica Petrocelli '14 '16 MM '18 AD, NEC faculty Blaise Déjardin, and NEC Jazz Orchestra performed at the BSO's season opening gala on October 3rd
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Bernstein Exhibit and Hugh Wolff on Open Studio with Jared Bowen

WGBH's Open Studio with Jared Bowen explores the new Leonard Bernstein at 100 exhibit at NEC, which celebrates the centennial of the iconic American conductor and composer.
Lorna Cooke deVaron conducts, in a photo taken from the perspective of the chorus.

NEC Mourns the the Loss of Lorna Cooke deVaron

Mrs. deVaron was the founding Director of Choral Activities at NEC.
NEC community members with BSO community members

Erica Petrocelli, Blaise Dejardin, and NEC Jazz Orchestra at BSO Gala

Erica Petrocelli '14 '16 MM '18 AD, NEC faculty Blaise Déjardin, and NEC Jazz Orchestra performed at the BSO's season opening gala on October 3rd
Open Studio with Jared Bowen logo

Bernstein Exhibit and Hugh Wolff on Open Studio with Jared Bowen

WGBH's Open Studio with Jared Bowen explores the new Leonard Bernstein at 100 exhibit at NEC, which celebrates the centennial of the iconic American conductor and composer.
Logo: Leonard Bernstein at 100

Bernstein at 100 Exhibit Opens at NEC

NEC hosts exhibit through November 11, which features personal items and interactive experiences celebrating Leonard Bernstein's centennial.
Laurence Lesser playing the cello and smiling, with green trees and plants in the background.

Celebrating Laurence Lesser, a guiding spirit at NEC

In celebration of president emeritus Laurence Lesser’s 80th birthday on October 28, 2018, NEC presented a concert featuring Lesser with NEC Philharmonia, conducted by Hugh Wolff.
Eric Lu playing piano

Eric Lu Wins First Prize in the Leeds International Piano Competition

NEC Prep alumnus Eric Lu wins First Prize and the Terence Judd Hallé Orchestra Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition
Front Door Jordan Hall

Mellon Foundation Awards $2.5 Million to Prepare Young Musicians from Underrepresented Populations for Careers in Classical Music

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $2.5 million to New England Conservatory of Music, in consortium with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, the Community Music Center of Boston, Project...

Luke Hsu smiles and holds his violin while sitting outdoors on some steps.

Luke Hsu ’14 MM, ’16 GD Takes Third at International Violin Competition of Indianapolis

NEC alumnus Luke Hsu ’14 MM, ’16 GD took third prize at the 10th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. Hsu completed both a Master of Music and a Graduate Diploma at NEC as a student of Donald Weilerstein.
Peter Row holding a sitar

Peter Row Memorial Concert

On September 20, 2018, the NEC community honored Peter Row, a beloved NEC faculty member and former dean and provost who made significant impact during his decades at the Conservatory.  An ethnomusicologist and sitar virtuoso, Peter also taught classes in a number of departments, include Music History, Music Theory, Contemporary Improvisation, and Liberal Arts. He passed away on April 2, 2018.
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