New England Conservatory of Music

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The institute's large concert hall: The Jordan Hall

The New England Conservatory of Music ( NEC ) in Boston , Massachusetts is the oldest independent conservatory in the United States . It was founded in 1867 by the music teacher Eben Tourjee (1834-1891) and the composer and pianist Robert Goldbeck (1839-1908) from Potsdam , based on the model of European conservatories and now accepts 750 regular students annually. There are also hundreds more in the so-called “Preparatory School” and a “School of Continuing Education”. It was in downtown Boston until 1902; since then it has been in a building on Huntington Avenue near the Boston Symphony Hall .


The NEC is considered one of the most important American conservatories and is particularly well known for its world-class string classes. In addition, the main concert hall , the more than hundred-year-old Jordan Hall , is one of the most outstanding concert halls in the world. The well-known cellist Yo-Yo Ma said of him: " I love the Jordan Hall because of its incredible acoustics. Added to that is its warmth and intimacy. But especially the special atmosphere that can be felt there. " The concert hall is now home to more than 600 students Performances every academic year and is often used by external organizations, guest artists, etc.

When Henry Lee Higginson founded the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1881 , he largely recruited the section leaders from the conservatory. The orchestra and the conservatory are still closely interrelated to this day; about half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is made up of faculty or conservatory graduates (the string section is considered the orchestra's greatest asset and particularly reflects the quality of the conservatory education in this regard). When Boston received its first full opera troupe in 1908, the NEC provided the manager, conductors, soloists, orchestra, choir, library, and performance venues. After its end, the “Boris Goldovsky's Opera Theater” used the possibilities of the NEC for over a decade. In 1958 Sarah Caldwell founded the Opera Company of Boston .

The NEC is a co-founder and partner of “From the Top”, a weekly radio show dedicated to outstanding young classical musicians from across the country. From Jordan Hall, the program is broadcast on National Public Radio and can be heard on 250 stations across the United States.

The NEC was entered on the National Register of Historic Places on May 14, 1980 under number 80000672 . It has been recognized as a National Historic Landmark since April 19, 1994 .

The official mascot of the New England Conservatory is a fighting penguin.

Well-known alumni of the NEC

Well-known teachers at the NEC

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  1. Listing of National Historic Landmarks by State: Massachusetts. National Park Service , accessed August 11, 2019.

Coordinates: 42 ° 20 '26 "  N , 71 ° 5' 13"  W.