Boston’s NEC emerges from 3-year stupor

Boston’s NEC emerges from 3-year stupor


norman lebrecht

August 01, 2018

The New England Conservatory, becalmed under interim management since Tony Woodcock departed in early 2015, has finally decided on his successor.

Andrea Kalyn, Dean of Oberlin’s Conservatory since February 2014, will become president next January.

Kalyn has a PhD in 20th century American music.



  • drummerman says:

    Finally! Great news. This old NEC alum (and bequeather) has been furious about how the search was handled — that is, mishandled — for so long.

  • Fred says:

    That long delay makes one wonder how many candidates turned down the institution.

    • drummerman says:

      One has to assume that this is considered to be a great gig. Why would you apply for the job, then turn it down if offered? (Salary offered notwithstanding.) I know that there were quite a few “communications” problems between the original search committee, which was quite large, much larger than this committee.

  • YoYo Mama says:

    When a school is a big mess, it is a daunting challenge.

  • emil says:

    NEC is actually at the top of the game. In strings and piano nobody can touch them (Curtis and Juilliard maybe…). NEC tripled its endowment, built a ten-story dorm/library/theatre — all in this period with no actual president.