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Contemporary Music Performance

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Michael Norsworthy, Director


  • Master of Music
  • Graduate Performance Diploma (Pending)
  • Professional Studies Certificate (Pending)

Your Training

"Our new contemporary music program is an exciting opportunity for you to immerse yourself in the latest musical trends and be at the forefront of contemporary music creation and performance. Boston's landscape for contemporary music is vast and provides an unparalleled platform for growth and collaboration, both in school and beyond."
—Michael Norsworthy, Director

The Boston Conservatory's exciting new M.M. in Contemporary Music Performance program is designed to expand and develop your capacities to work independently and collaboratively in the area of contemporary art music. Your course of study will involve performance studies (applied lessons and contemporary ensemble), music history and music theory coursework focusing on post-1950 music, and electives ranging from existing Conservatory offerings to new courses in contemporary studies and skills designed specifically for this degree.


  • Contemporary Ensemble
  • Writing About Music
  • Advanced Aural Skills
  • Communicating About Music
  • Graduate Seminar in Music History
  • Contemporary Compositional Techniques
  • Improvisation Workshop
  • Applied Lessons
  • Concert and Recital Attendance
  • Approved electives

Your Teachers

Michael Norsworthy, Director
Eric Hewitt, Conductor of The Boston Conservatory Contemporary Ensemble

Pierre Hurel

Andy Vores

Sarah Brady, Flute
Amanda Hardy, Oboe
Adrian Morejon, Bassoon
Michael Norsworthy, Clarinet
Phillip Stäudlin, Saxophone

Ken Amis, Tuba
Steven Emery, Trumpet
Eli Epstein, Horn
John Faieta, Trombone

Samuel Z. Solomon, Percussion
Nancy Zeltsman, Marimba

Max Levinson
Janice Weber

Ina Zdorovetchi

Lila Brown, Viola
Judith Eissenberg, Violin
Sharan Leventhal, Violin
Rhonda Rider, Cello

Kathryn Wright

Artist in Residence
Tony Arnold, Soprano

Your Department

Average number of Contemporary Music Performance students: 10

Your Opportunities to Perform

On Campus:

  • The Boston Conservatory Chamber Orchestra
  • The Boston Conservatory Contemporary Ensemble
  • The Boston Conservatory Orchestra
  • Individually-coached chamber music groups
  • Masterclasses with visiting artists and composers
  • Solo recitals
  • Sonata and duo classes
  • Student and faculty composer collaborations

Off campus:

  • Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) performance and administrative internship opportunities, as available
  • Community outreach programs servicing the Greater Boston area
  • Opportunities to collaborate and perform with local music groups, including orchestras, contemporary ensembles, fil scoring and video game recording orchestras and theater pit orchestras
  • Paid gig opportunities arranged through our Student Services Office

Your Future

This exciting new program is designed to expand and develop your capacities to work independently and collaboratively in the area of contemporary music (post 1950). Incorporating influences from early 20th-century classics to electronic music, jazz, pop culture, experimental and mixed media arts, this program provides you with skills and insight needed to achieve a life in music, as a performer, a composer, a teacher, a director or an entrepreneur.

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