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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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American Academy of Arts and Letters Inductees

American Academy of Arts and Letters inducts NEC alum David Rakowski and awards Charles Ives Scholarship to NEC senior Sonnet Swire.

Nielsen Violin Competition Prize Winner

NEC Graduate Student Luke Hsu Wins Third Prize at
2016 Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition

NEC Alumni Win Nonfiction, Composition Guggenheims

David Fulmer '00 Prep, '04 B.M. and Glenn Kurtz '05 B.M. Tufts/NEC are among 178 American and Canadian scholars, artists, and scientists honored.

American Academy of Arts and Sciences Elects Kashkashian

Grammy Award–winning member of NEC viola faculty and “Music for Food” founder joins the 236th Academy class

NEC at Minnesota Orchestra Young Artist Competition

Grand Prize for pianist Kyle Orth means an appearance with the Minnesota Orchestra under Osmo Vanska.

“Joachim-Ma” Stradivarius Violin Comes to NEC

Gift from the estate of Si-Hon Ma '50 M.M., '52 A.D. will be heard April 23 in Jordan Hall and April 27 in Boston's Symphony Hall.

NEC Alums Receive Annenberg Arts Fellowships

Violinist Robyn Bollinger '13, '15 M.M. and cellist/conductor Nico Olarte-Hayes '12 Harvard/NEC awarded two-year Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowships.

NEC Violist Takes Third Prize at Tertis Competition

Wenhong Luo '17 M.M. studies at NEC with Kim Kashkashian, herself a previous Tertis winner.

Three NEC Musicians Awarded Avery Fisher Career Grants

Violinists Alexi Kenney and Tessa Lark and pianist George Li receive career support through these grants.

Revels Taps NEC Alumna As Music Director

Pianist Megan Henderson '85 will start full-time July 1 as music director of Boston-area organization known since 1971 for "The Christmas Revels."