Cody W. Forrest smiles at the camera.
Forrest studied with Kati Agócs and Malcolm Peyton while earning his DMA in Composition at NEC.
Stella Chen closes her eyes and lifts her bow from her violin
Chen studied with Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried and completed the Harvard/NEC dual degree program.
Gonzalo Farias conducting and orchestra
Farias earned three graduate degrees at NEC, studying piano performance with Wha-Kyung Byun and Russell Sherman.
Brenda Thordarson with family
Brenda Yvette Twyner Thordarson ’19 MM returned to NEC after a 40-year absence and proudly completed her Master of Music degree.
CI Student Matthew Shifrin smiling
Matthew Shifrin ’21's Project Daredevil is an interdisciplinary project developing virtual reality for the blind: 3D radio-dramas with motion simulation and smell.
Danny Koo, Amy Advocat, Diane Katzenberg Braun,  and Steven Laraia
NEC alumni share reflections in honor of National Chamber Music Month.
Daniel Rafimayeri plays the violin
Daniel Rafimayeri ’22, Nathan Le ’22 Harvard/NEC, and Sory Park ’21 study with Paul Biss, Laurence Lesser, and Soovin Kim, respectively.
Darynn Dean stands at a podium wearing a graduation cap and gown. She smiles and looks into the distance while speaking into a microphone.
“We knocked harder at the doors that seemingly slammed shut and walked gracefully through the ones that opened easily upon entrance.”
Ashleigh Gordon speaks at the podium during Commencement 2019
“While you have this incredible NEC family tree to support you in the years to come, know that you are the root source for your greatest aspirations. You, the limitless potential of your creativity, the very qualities that make you who you are, are your greatest asset.”
Jessye Norman
“I trust that you are inspired to set about making your own history, your own special mark on the world—a world that is just waiting for and needing your passion and your humanity,” said legendary soprano Jessye Norman in her keynote address.