Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Boston Conservatory at Berklee (formerly The Boston Conservatory) is a private performing arts conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts. It grants undergraduate and graduate degrees in dance, music, and theater.[1]

Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Boston Conservatory Seal.jpg
TypePrivate performing arts conservatory
Established1867
Parent institution
Berklee
PresidentErica Muhl
Executive DirectorLucinda Carver, Interim Executive Director of Boston Conservatory at Berklee
StudentsApproximately 750
Location,
U.S.

42°20′46″N 71°05′24″W / 42.3462°N 71.0901°W / 42.3462; -71.0901Coordinates: 42°20′46″N 71°05′24″W / 42.3462°N 71.0901°W / 42.3462; -71.0901
CampusUrban
Websitebostonconservatory.berklee.edu

Boston Conservatory was founded on February 11, 1867, as a music conservatory and later expanded to include leading programs in dance, opera, and theater. It currently offers Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, Master of Fine Arts, and Master of Music degrees, as well as Graduate Performance Diplomas, Artist Diplomas, and Professional Studies Certificates.[2]

In 2016, Boston Conservatory merged with Berklee College of Music to form "Berklee," an umbrella institution that includes Berklee College of Music, Berklee Online, Berklee Valencia, and Berklee NYC. With this, the conservatory's name was changed to "Boston Conservatory at Berklee."[3] Boston Conservatory remains a disparate school within Berklee, continuing to offer its signature conservatory programs. Berklee is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) and authorized by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.[4]

HistoryEdit

 
8 Fenway, the Conservatory's main building
 
Boston Conservatory Dance Theater

On February 11, 1867, violinist and composer Julius Eichberg founded Boston Conservatory as a professional training academy and a community music school. It was one of the first conservatories to grant admission to African Americans and women.[citation needed]

In 1873, Eichberg's operetta “The Doctor of Alcontara” was performed at Boston Conservatory by the first African-American opera company in the U.S.[citation needed]

In 1878, Eichberg established the Eichberg String Quartet, the first professional female quartet.[citation needed]

In 1893, upon Eichberg's death, direction was assumed by R. Marriner Floyd, with Herman P. Chelius, organist and composer, serving as the musical director. Under their direction, the school was first incorporated in 1896.[citation needed]

After the turn of the 20th century, Boston Conservatory created the first "grand opera" department in the U.S.[citation needed]

In 1943, Jan Veen established Boston Conservatory's Dance Division, the first program to emphasize both classical ballet and America's emerging modern dance. In 1951, the school gained authority to award Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in drama and dance.[citation needed]

Prior to 2016, Boston Conservatory was an independent private college with accredited programs in dance, music, and theater that presented more than 700 performances each year.[5]

In 2015, Boston Conservatory began talks with Berklee College of Music to explore a merger of the two schools.[6]

On June 1, 2016, the two schools merged under an institutional umbrella called Berklee, which now consists of Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Berklee College of Music, Berklee Online, Berklee Valencia, and Berklee NYC.[7][8]

AcademicsEdit

Boston Conservatory awards the Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, Master of Fine Arts, and Master of Music degrees, as well as Graduate Performance Diplomas, Artist Diplomas, and Professional Studies Certificates.[9] It also offers training and education programs during the summer for dancers, musicians, and theater artists.

Student lifeEdit

Instead of dormitories, Boston Conservatory at Berklee uses Victorian brownstones for on-campus housing. Undergraduate rooms consist of quints, quads, triples, doubles, and singles.

Approximately 29% of students live on campus.[10]

PeopleEdit

Notable alumniEdit

Notable facultyEdit

Boston Conservatory LeadershipEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Academics | Boston Conservatory". bostonconservatory.berklee.edu. Boston Conservatory. Retrieved 2017-11-17.
  2. ^ "History | Boston Conservatory". bostonconservatory.berklee.edu. Boston Conservatory. Retrieved 2017-11-17.
  3. ^ "About | Berklee and Boston Conservatory". bostonconservatory.berklee.edu. Boston Conservatory. Retrieved 2017-11-26.
  4. ^ "Accreditation | Berklee". www.berklee.edu. Retrieved 2022-07-12.
  5. ^ https://bostonconservatory.berklee.edu/
  6. ^ "Berklee College of Music Exploring Merger with Boston Conservatory". 26 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Berklee and The Boston Conservatory Agree to Merger, Set the Stage for New International Standard in Performing Arts Education | Berklee College of Music". www.berklee.edu. Berklee College of Music. Retrieved 2016-01-20.
  8. ^ Pohle, Allison (20 January 2016). "Berklee College of Music and The Boston Conservatory will merge". Boston.com. Retrieved 2016-01-20.
  9. ^ "Music | Boston Conservatory". bostonconservatory.berklee.edu. Boston Conservatory. Retrieved 2017-11-26.
  10. ^ "Boston Conservatory". The Princeton Review. Retrieved 2014-09-05.

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