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NEC percussion students and alumni have an incredible track record with orchestral positions, a legacy of which we are very proud. Students at NEC study with BSO faculty mentors, perform in chamber music, percussion ensemble, new music, and orchestra concerts, and collaborate with composers, as well as their peers. Our curriculum offers experience in a wide variety of styles and concepts while our percussion repertoire classes emphasize the orchestral literature.

What We Do

Everyone at NEC understands that you’re all musicians working to achieve the same goal, just through different outlets.
Bryce Leafman ’16BM Percussion Performance

Beyond the Studio

What’s in your professional toolkit?

At NEC, you’ll strengthen your music with skills outside of music. In Community Performances & Partnerships, you’ll pitch programming and perform for diverse audiences. In Entrepreneurial Musicianship you’ll make new ventures happen, start to finish. And in Liberal Arts you’ll sharpen the intellectual and communications skills artists need to go further.

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2017 Student Commencement Speech: Alexandra Keller

Undergraduate jazz vocalist offered these remarks to her fellow members of the Class of 2017 at NEC's 146th Commencement ceremony on May 21, 2017.