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President Boston, MA

The New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) seeks in its seventeenth President a collaborative, strategic, and visionary leader who will build upon NEC’s rich 150-year history of distinction and innovation, embrace the opportunities and realities of today’s complex musical and artistic landscape, support and expand standards of excellence, and guide the Conservatory’s evolution into the future.

Founded in 1867, NEC is the oldest independent school of music in the U.S. and a cultural icon of national and international standing. In delivering a superlative educational experience to over 2,700 students across its College, Preparatory School, and School of Continuing Education, NEC draws on the deep reservoir of talent and experience of its 484 distinguished faculty (full- and part-time), a group of internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars who work across the Conservatory’s three divisions. At all levels, an NEC education is at once rigorous and nurturing. Staff, faculty, and students alike attest to the power of the distinctively inclusive, encouraging, and supportive community one discovers upon arriving at NEC.

NEC's curriculum covers an expansive range of styles and traditions. Student instrumentalists, singers, and composers are trained in a broad array of methods, including classical, jazz, opera, composition, world music and early music. Innovative programming and creativity abounds. The Conservatory boasts an unparalleled chamber music program and was the first conservatory in the nation to offer a degree in jazz. NEC also pioneered an innovative concentration in Contemporary Improvisation, and more recently has introduced entrepreneurship into its curricular offerings. Equipped with an extensive toolkit, NEC graduates step into the world as exceedingly adaptive musicians, going on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, arts management positions and a broad range of music leadership roles worldwide. NEC produces some of the world’s most prolific 21st century musicians.

The Conservatory is experiencing an exciting moment in its history with the convergence this year of two major milestones: the 150th anniversary of its founding and the unveiling of the new Student Life and Performance Center (SLPC). A perfect embodiment of NEC’s culture of collaboration, the SLPC offers a state-of-the-art setting for student-driven activity and inventiveness. Fused and juxtaposed within NEC’s original historic buildings, also in full and active use, the Center is a fitting metaphor for the nexus of the modern and the traditional, key themes engaged day in and day out at this pre-eminent institution and drawn into sharper focus during the 150th anniversary year.

The next President will join NEC at an exciting and momentum-building time in the Conservatory’s history. The caliber of the faculty and students remains, as always, exceptional, and the musical training is best in class. The College’s liberal arts and co-curricular offerings ensure that NEC graduates are well prepared to navigate the dynamics of today’s job market with confidence and success. The Prep and Continuing Education programs – key connection points to aspiring musicians and music lovers in the community – highlight the far-reaching impact of NEC across the greater Boston area and beyond. Looking ahead, the Conservatory’s next leader will be expected to capitalize on and enhance this impressive foundation, support the pedagogical excellence across campus, encourage continued programmatic innovation, and grow NEC’s financial resources and local presence to further strengthen its position as one of the leading American conservatories.

 Sheryl Ash is leading this search with Katie Rockman and Chloe Kanas.

New England Conservatory of Music does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, genetic make-up, or veteran status in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, or other Conservatory-sponsored activities.


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