Preparatory School | Chamber Music - Strings and Piano

Used for Chamber Music coaches for all-strings and string-plus-piano ensembles, as well as Sonata Duo class for violin-piano duos, and ensemble-in-residence (a piano trio).

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Hitomi Koyama
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Born in Tokyo, Japan, Hitomi Koyama has won prizes in consecutive years at Dichler Competition held in Vienna, Austria and also has received Leni Fe Bland Music Awards. She has performed at Wiener...

Yeolim Nam
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Born in Seoul, South Korea, violinist ​Yeolim Nam ​received her primary training from the prestigious Sun-Hwa Arts school in Korea, where she received many awards, including the grand prize for the...

Charles Clements
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Double bassist Charles Clements grew up in Westborough, Massachusetts and began playing music at an early age.  A 10 year journey through piano, viola, trumpet and electric bass led Charles to the...

Merry Peckham
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New England Conservatory appoints Merry Peckham as its new chamber music chair, beginning Fall 2017.
Merry Peckham
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Cellist Merry Peckham is a dedicated performing artist and a longtime educator who has developed a host of accomplished performers.

As a founding member of the Cavani String Quartet (a position she...

Amy Wulfman
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Amy Goodman Wulfman has had an international career as a concert violinist, performing with orchestras in Europe and in the U.S. She studied at the Vienna Academy with Günter Pichler and Michael...

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Praised for her “stunning rendition [of Danses sacrés et profanes]” (WGBH Boston) and her
“incredible speed and energy” (Sarasota Herald Tribune), Amy Galluzzo enjoys an active career as
both a...

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At NEC Prep, young musicians can explore all kinds of instruments. We offer brass, percussion, woodwinds, strings, and piano from early childhood on. Whether it's classical, jazz, rock, or world music, you'll get to explore music that moves you.

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A community of spirited young people.

Plus superb conservatory faculty, and as many approaches to meaningful musical education as there are students — that’s NEC Prep.

Every week, over 1600 students from across New England — absolute beginners to the most advanced young musicians — participate in lessons, classes, and ensembles. NEC Prep is one of the largest programs of its kind in the nation.

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I want to play

At NEC, young musicians can explore all kinds of instruments, from early childhood on.

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I want to sing

Young singers at NEC get a very special kind of training with lots of variety—voice lessons, choruses, jazz, musical theatre, rock, world music, and more!

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I want to compose

Every musician is a composer. Students as young as eight can start learning to hear and create the elements of music.

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I want to explore

Foundation classes like chorus, music theory, composition, and the art of practice and performance are for every musician at NEC, whatever the level or instrument!

We invite you to explore the many opportunities for your child here. If you need more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch! We’d love your family to join our family and make NEC Prep your musical home.

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The NEC Difference: a place for every player

Kids can enter at any level of training and move at their own pace.

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À la carte offerings

The NEC Difference: flexibility

À la carte offerings mean you have the flexibility to shape the musical education that best fits your child. Enroll in just one activity (ensembles, lessons, classes) or any combination thereof.

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Our faculty is world-class and wonderful, full of teachers and performers committed to nurturing young musicians.

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The NEC Difference: challenge

We also offer a range of certificate programs for the committed student looking for an ambitious, advanced placement-like path.

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From orchestras to wind ensembles, NEC Prep offers a place for every player. Applications and video auditions are due May 14th!
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Winning quartets at 2016 Banff International String Competition include NEC players.