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The New England Conservatory of Music was founded in 1867 by Dr. Eben Tourjee, and was incorporated in 1870 by a special act of the Massachusetts Legislature. Its first home was a few rooms in the Old Music Hall, but with its rapid growth and development the institution outgrew its limited quarters and in 1882 moved to Franklin Square House. The initiative and generosity of a distinguished trustee, Eben D. Jordan, made possible the construction of the present building designed specifically for musical training. It was occupied in 1902 and a substantial wing, added in 1928, was dedicated to the then President of the Board of Trustees, George W. Brown. Dr. Tourjee, at the beginning of the first century of the Con- servatory ' s life, like President Schuller, at the outset of the second century, was an innovator in the field of music education. He, too, stressed a broad spectrum of educational experiences for the music student of that day. His creation, the New England Conservatory of Music, became the model for all the great American conservatories that were to follow. In 1947, Harrison Keller became the first director to bear the title of president, in keeping with the new concept of a college of music. President Keller effected membership for the Conservatory in the New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, ena- bling the institution to have complete accreditation. During the period of his leadership, advanced diplomas were awarded to qualified post-Masters candidates in performance, and the Conservatory Chorus was developed into an outstanding performing organization, appearing in annual performances and frequent recordings with the Boston Sympho- ny Orchestra. THE LATEST POPULAR MUSIC On the Banks of the Reservoir Fenway Two -step -ing Brookline Echo Waltz Conservatory Schottische FROMNEUME, 1906 EBEN D. JORDAN SENIOR CLASS, 1906
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Conservatory " history "
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Conservatory incorporated under laws of Commonwealth of Massachusetts. First class graduates — 1870 First school to offer a course for teachers in public school music — 1874 Alexander Graham Bell joins faculty — 1877 Largest professional music fraternity in America, Phi Mu Alpha Sinphonia, founded at Conservatory — 1898 Oldest school symphonic orchestra in America and School of Opera established - 1902 Jordan Hall dedicated - 1903 Conservatory becomes charter member of the Natibnal Association of Schools of Music — 1923 Conservatory authorized to grant degree Bachelor of Music - 1925 First nationwide broadcast by Conservatory orchestra -1931 Conservatory authorized to grant degree Master of Music - 1933 Independent Conservatory Chorus organized under the direction of Lorna Cooke deVaron — 1947 Conservatory admitted to membership in the New Eng- land Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, thus becoming the first regionally-accredited, independent college of music — 1951 Conservatory celebrates its 100th anniversary — 1967 The New England Conservatory is very much an integral part of the community. The faculty student, and alumni resources make possible two -thirds of the musical life of Boston and the New England area. Conservatory students faculty, and alumni are the backbone of over 150 church and temple choirs throughout the area. Ballet, opera, and Broadway show pit orchestras, jazz groups, and a host of other musical activities are made possible by the Conservatory ' s existence. N. E. C. Symphony Orchestra 1970 Television Documentary conservatory directors and presidents . . . Dr. Eben Tourjee, 1867-1891 Carl Faelton, 1891-1897 George W. Chadwick, 1897-1931 Wallace Goodrich, 1931-1942 Quincy Porter, 1942-1946 Harrison Keller, 1947-1958 James Aliferis, 1958-1962 Chester W. Williams, 1962-1967 Gunther SchuUer, 1967-present
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