In 1853, a young music teacher from Rhode Island named Eben Tourjee developed the idea to establish one of the first American music conservatories (modeled after the Europeans) in Boston, Massachusetts. While Tourjee found support for his initiative, the plans were put on hold due to the uncertain political climate leading up to the Civil War. With the aid of prominent Boston musical and artistic authorities, Tourjee established the New England Conservatory (NEC) in 1867. Growing in influence and popularity, NEC partnered with and helped to establish the world-class Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1881. In 1903, NEC opened its main performance venue, Jordan Hall.
NEC's mission states that it "educates and trains musicians of all ages from around the world, drawing on the talent and deep reservoir of experience of our distinguished faculty. We are dedicated to inculcating the highest standards of excellence and nurturing individual artistic sensibility and creative growth."
Those living in student housing or an off campus apartment at NEC have access to the school's exceptional academic programs and fields of study. Students are accepted based on live audition and competition is fierce. The school's strongest areas are its strings, percussion, chamber music, brass, jazz and piano departments.
Student living and university living at NEC provide students with the opportunity to learn and collaborate among a vast student and music education population in the city of Boston.
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