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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.


NEC sopranos honored at Met Regional Auditions

Erica Petrocelli '14, '16 MM, '18 AD finished in First Place, Brooke Dircks '17, '19 MM won Encouragement Award


Philharmonia & the NFL

NEC Philharmonia featured in pre-game teaser with John Malkovich in Jordan Hall.


NEC welcomes alumna HaeSun Paik to Piano faculty

Prizewinning pianist HaeSun Paik joins NEC's Piano faculty in Fall 2018

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NEC Singers Populate Boston Opera Scene

From Ouroboros to Rosenkavalier, NEC singers can be heard in big Boston productions.

Reviews of Greenwald's Oxford Opera Handbook

"Contributors were given a keyword and instructed, more or less, to build their own sandboxes and have some fun." —Helen Greenwald, Introduction to The O

New Role Study Program with Boston Lyric Opera

NEC opera students will shadow professional singers cast in BLO productions.

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NEC String Players at Competitions

In May and June, NEC string players were prize winners at competitions in Bordeaux, South Bend, Montréal, Houston, and Sendai.

NEC Pianists at Competitions

In May and June, NEC pianists were prize winners at competitions in Brussels, Milwaukee, New York, and Sendai.


Dave Holland Named NEA Jazz Master

NEC Visiting Artist-in-Residence, bassist/composer Dave Holland earns nation’s highest honor in jazz.


2016 Alumni Commencement Remarks: Luciana Souza

Jazz Vocalist Luciana Souza '94 M.M. was invited to deliver greetings from the NEC Alumni Association at Commencement 2016.

Bernie Worrell (1944–2016)

One of the most sampled musicians on the planet, keyboardist and co-founder of Parliament/Funkadelic studied piano at NEC in the 1960s.


2016 Student Commencement Speech: Daniel Hersog

Graduating master's jazz composition major Daniel Hersog '16 M.M. was selected as Student Speaker for Commencement 2016.

CI Ensemble Awarded at First-Ever M-Prize Competition

Taking third prize in "Senior Open" division, Alfaia was NEC's 2014-2015 Wild Card Honors Ensemble.