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On the Road to 150

Calling for Photos!

The Boston Conservatory is collecting and documenting photos to help build a commemorative scrapbook in celebration of its upcoming 150th anniversary.

Please submit your photos here.

Review history of The Boston Conservatory here.

Dear Friends,

Getting older and approaching those big milestone birthdays is not something we always relish. But institutions welcome big birthdays as occasions to celebrate past accomplishments, current students and faculty—and perhaps above all—aspirations for the future.  

The Boston Conservatory is the oldest institution of its kind in the United States. Founded on February 11, 1867, the Conservatory has come a long way during its 145-year history, with a long list of ‘firsts’ to its credit: the first conservatory to grant degrees to women and African-American students, the first to offer undergraduate degrees in theater, the first to form a department for grand opera and the first to build an integrated dance department for ballet and modern dance. Launched with the dual mission of providing professional music training and unprecedented access to community members of all genders, races and nationalities, the Conservatory is now an extraordinary, multi-disciplinary community of artist-citizens whose commitment to performance, in an increasingly complex society, continues to expand and grow.  

We have no intention of slowing down.  As we prepare for our 150th anniversary celebration, please visit this page to learn about the Conservatory’s history, our plans to commemorate the 150 years and, of course, our plans for the future.  We look forward to celebrating this journey with you.


Richard Ortner

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