We are shocked to hear that students at the Boston Conservatory have been informed that, if they wish to practice over the summer, they must pay a $325 fee in order to do so.
The students have been given three weeks’ notice of this new charge and few of them can afford it.
Boston Conservatory s presently focusing its energies on a merger with Berklee and losing sight of its students’ needs.
UPDATE: Last night, the Conservatory’s executive director Cathy Young put the new charge on hold – but just for a while. She wrote to students saying:
Thank you for sharing your concerns regarding the implementation of a summer practice room facility fee. In response to your feedback, Conservatory and College administration has determined to delay implementation of this policy, which means that it will not go into effect this summer 2018 for the Conservatory as originally planned. Conservatory students who wish to use practice rooms this summer may do as they have in the past. Further information about how to utilize practice rooms is forthcoming.