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Music Division

Stylistic versatility is a distinct advantage for the aspiring musician. The Boston Conservatory is a top music school providing students with the technical skills and performance experiences—in a variety of musical styles and settings—needed to succeed in a multitude of future paths as a professional musician. View a full listing of music courses.


Your Training

The scale of the program is purposefully small and designed to give students individual attention. With personalized one-on-one training, small class sizes, masterclasses, guest artists, special events and countless cultural events throughout Boston, The Boston Conservatory fully immerses you in your craft while exposing you to some of the world's top musicians.

Your Teachers

The music division faculty includes members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops, as well as numerous professional soloists, ensemble players, conductors and composers with international careers. Faculty members hold degrees from top music schools such as Juilliard, Eastman, New England Conservatory and, of course, The Boston Conservatory (formerly The Boston Conservatory of Music).

View full music faculty list.

Guest Artists

Each year, The Boston Conservatory invites acclaimed guest artists on campus to work with our talented music students. 

2015-2016 Artists-in-Residence

Tony Arnold, soprano 
Contemporary music titan Tony Arnold joins The Boston Conservatory Music Division for the 2015-2016 academic year. Read the announcement here.

Additional guest artists to be announced!

Recent Guest Artists



  • Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet)
  • Julie Landsman (french horn)
  • Joseph Alessi (trombone)
  • Roger Bobo (tuba)


  • Louis Andriessen
  • Augusta Read Thomas
  • Chinary Ung

Contemporary Performance

  • International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)
  • Claire Chase
  • Tony Arnold


  • Rita Costanzi
  • Elizabeth Hainen
  • Kathy Kienzle


  • Jean-Baptiste LeClaire
  • Matthew Duvall
  • Frederic Macarez


  • Yevgeny Sudbin
  • Anton Nel
  • John O'Conor


  • Jorja Fleezanis (violin)
  • Roberto Díaz (viola)
  • Colin Carr (cello)
  • Scott Pingel (double bass)


  • Catherine Malfitano
  • Christine Brewer
  • Bill Burden
  • Dawn Upshaw


  • Chien-Kwan Lin (saxophone)
  • Mario Caroli (flute)
  • Bert Lucarelli (oboe)
  • Jessica Phillips-Rieske (clarinet)
  • Steve Braunstein (bassoon)



Your Performance Opportunities

  • Soloists
  • Orchestra members
  • Ensemble players
  • Chamber groups
  • Chorales
  • New music groups
  • Fully-staged opera productions
  • Opera scenes
  • New music ensembles
  • Pit musicians for theater and dance productions

Your Future

Music alumni of The Boston Conservatory are teaching at top music schools and performing and conducting with many of the world's great music organizations, including:

  • Atlanta Pops Orchestra
  • Baden-Baden Philharmonic (Germany)
  • Berlin Philharmonic
  • Boston Pops
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Chicago Lyric Orchestra
  • Chicago Opera Theater
  • Handel & Haydn Society
  • LA Opera
  • Metropolitan Opera
  • National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica
  • Opera Unlimited
  • Pro Nova Ensemble
  • Santa Fe Opera
  • Singapore Symphony Orchestra
  • Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra
  • Youth Orchestra of America
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