Skip to content

NEC New Student Life and Performance Centre Ceremony

April 12, 2015

From New England Conservatory


NEC Marks Official Start of Construction with Celebratory Groundbreaking on May 5, 2015: Ceremony with NEC Performances at Construction Site on St. Botolph Street and Gainsborough


Celebrating the start of construction on its Student Life and Performance Center (SLPC), New England Conservatory will host a joyful groundbreaking ceremony on May 5, 2015 at 3:30 PM. Open to the public, the event takes place on the construction site located at 241 St. Botolph Street, near the corner of Gainsborough St. The ceremony will include remarks by Conservatory and government leaders interspersed with music performed by NEC students.


The first new construction at NEC since 1959, the $85 million SLPC is scheduled to open in 2017, to coincide with the Conservatory’s 150th
anniversary. It will house a new residence hall with 250 beds, a two-level library for audio and print resources, a new dining commons, a black box opera studio, large orchestra rehearsal space with acoustics mimicking Jordan Hall, and a small ensemble room with recording studio suited to jazz and contemporary improvisation.

Designed by Ann Beha Architects and Gensler Boston, the project will be built by Tishman Construction. Beha’s firm, which is headquartered in Boston, also steered the restoration of NEC’s historic Jordan Hall in 1994-1995, receiving numerous awards for historic preservation and illumination. Tishman previously executed the $21 million exterior renovations of the Conservatory’s four buildings in 2009-2010, winning numerous awards for historic preservation and green initiatives.


For students, the new building will have a powerful impact on their experience at NEC. “Having everything in one place will be a wonderful way to bring people together,” said student violinist Robyn Bollinger ’13, ’15 M.M. “Being able to practice, rehearse, and relax will be so much easier. One can go back and forth quickly. You can take some down time and then jump back in. It will offer a great benefit for the health and happiness of the student body.”


Funded through private philanthropy and financing, the Conservatory has raised more than $60 million to date. Trustee Board Chair, Kennett F. Burnes credits the “extraordinary” support of Board members, alumni, and others who are helping the Conservatory meet its fundraising goal.


“The Student Life and Performance Center will transform the life of NEC students, faculty, staff, and the community,” Burnes said. “It will reflect and augment the Conservatory’s eminence in Boston and in the world of music education and performance.”


A cultural icon approaching its 150th anniversary in 2017, New England Conservatory (NEC) is recognized worldwide as a leader among music schools. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, on the Avenue of the Arts in the Fenway Cultural District, NEC offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to 750 undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate music students from around the world. Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars. NEC alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide. Half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC-trained musicians and faculty.

NEC is the oldest independent school of music in the United States. Founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee, an American music educator, its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions. Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Programs and Partnerships Program, the Conservatory provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, and adults.

The only conservatory in the United States designated a National Historic Landmark, NEC presents more than 900 free concerts each year. Many of these take place in Jordan Hall (which shares National Historic Landmark status with the school), world-renowned for its superb acoustics and beautifully restored interior.

For more information, please visit this link:

Contact: Lisa Helfer Elghazi

Media Relations Consultant


Cell: 1-646-373-9946

No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: