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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.


Tanya Kalmanovitch on Climate Change and Music

Contemporary Improvisation faculty Tanya Kalmanovitch asks: “What can any of us, musicians or otherwise, do about oil and climate change?”


An NEC Student's Star Spangled Banner at the Texas Motor Speedway

Lewis Warren, Jr. ’19 opened a NASCAR Cup race with an original piano arrangement of U.S national anthem in his home state of Texas.


Photos: Commencement 2018

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New Role Study Program with Boston Lyric Opera

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

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.


Ji-Won Song Wins Mozart Violin Competition

NEC Student Ji-Won Song Wins 2016 Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition

2016 Doris Duke Artists Include Four NEC Musicians

NEC Jazz Alumni and Faculty among Final Group of
Doris Duke Artist Awards Recipients