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neume 1967 presented by the New England Conservatory of Music 5
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New England Conservatory of Music 1867-1967 The New England Conservatory of Music has played an important part in the building of a musical America. It has been one of the first conservatories to be planted on our soil, and its growth has been rep- resentative of the trends and progress of music in our country. Prior to its founding, young aspiring musicians were forced to either suffer the loss of conservatory training or cross the vast Atlantic to obtain it in a foreign city. Eber Tourjee well realized the urgent need of establishing conservatory methods here and when in 1867 he announced the open- ing of the New England Conservatory, enough students enrolled to make the venture worth while. Mr. Tourjee had rented three floors of the Music Hall annex build- ing. The rooms were bare and unattractive. Room 13, used as a recital and lecture hall, was equal to the size of the Jordan Hall platform. The Director ' s office was unpretentious. It was the faculty, comprising some of the leading musicians of Boston, which attracted students. In 1870 the first class of thirteen members graduated. Also that year, Mr. Tourje ' e made the school a nonprofit institution by in- corporating it under the laws of Massachusetts. The rapid increase of students meant the moving of the Con- servatory to larger quarters. Mr. Tourje ' e bought the St. James Hotel at Franklin Square to serve both as a school and dormitory. The " Home " eliminated the " expense, dangers, and disadvantages of commuting " and provided a " Cultured Home for 550 of the student body in the quiet, healthful location of Franklin Square. " The first floor consisted of concert halls, library, reading and recitation rooms; museum and parlors were above. 6
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