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The Boston Conservatory trains exceptional young performing artists for careers that enrich and transform the human experience. Known for its multi-disciplinary environment, the Conservatory offers fully accredited graduate and undergraduate programs in music, dance and theater, and presents more than 700 performances each year by students, faculty and guest artists.

The intimacy of our class settings provides a student-centered atmosphere that is uniquely intensive and supportive. Since its founding in 1867, The Boston Conservatory has shared its talent and creativity with the city of Boston, the region, and the nation, and continues to grow today as a vibrant community of artists and educators. Armed with new energy and new ambitions, the Conservatory is in the midst of a revitalization from top to bottom, setting the stage for new achievements for the institution and our students.


Values of The Boston Conservatory

  • We lead.
  • We expect great things.
  • We celebrate diversity.
  • We work together.
  • We are not afraid to take risks.
  • We are honest and responsible.
  • We are curious and open-minded.
  • We care.
  • We give back.
  • We measure ourselves.
  • We hold ourselves accountable for every commitment.
  • We strive for excellence.
  • We perform.


We prepare and inspire our students to perform at the highest level in their art and in their lives. We foster their creativity and give them courage. We teach them the skills that will lead to professional and personal fulfillment.


The Boston Conservatory is internationally recognized as an innovative leader among conservatory programs, focused on elevating and celebrating every aspect of the performing arts. The institution has established itself as an important voice in the movement to make all forms of performing arts a more visible and valued dimension of communities here and abroad.

The institution holds its faculty, staff, and students to the highest standards of performance on stage, in the classroom, and at every step in the creative journey. It weaves together distinct disciplines and curricula in music, dance and theater in order to create a unique learning experience. The students, faculty, staff and trustees of The Boston Conservatory embrace the critical role of performance throughout life. Its graduates are prepared not simply to excel in their artistic careers, but to invest themselves fully in lives of engagement and purpose. Every member of the community strives to create value for all the constituencies the institution serves. All understand that their contributions are essential to the Conservatory's mission.

The alumni are proud of their involvement with the school, playing an active role in its evolution while acknowledging its impact through the course of their lives. Like the community that surrounds the school, the alumni view The Boston Conservatory as a vital contributor to the city and to the world at large.


The Boston Conservatory was founded in 1867 by Julius Eichberg to serve as both a professional training academy and community music school. Eichberg, a gifted violinist and composer, brought with him the spirit and musical practices flourishing in the great conservatories of Brussels, Paris, Prague, London, and Vienna—but with a difference. From the very start, the Conservatory broke new ground by opening its doors to women and African Americans, people with few professional opportunities in classical music at the time. The Conservatory is also credited with several other important “firsts.” After merging with the National Associated Studios of Music at the start of the 20th century, The Boston Conservatory expanded its offerings in several innovative ways. The Conservatory incorporated dance and theater training into its curriculum, created the first “grand opera” department in the United States, and developed the first professional training program in dance to offer equal emphasis on European classical ballet and the uniquely American forms of modern dance. Today, The Boston Conservatory is an independent private college with fully accredited programs in music, dance and theater. Our student and faculty performances are a consistent and valued part of Boston's cultural life. Our community service program allows us to reach out beyond our walls to various constituencies across the city. Our success is visible both in the learning environment, and in the professional accomplishments of our graduates.


The Boston Conservatory is authorized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to grant degrees in the performing and related arts, and is accredited by both the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The school’s last comprehensive evaluation for accreditation was in 2009.

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