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NEC program aims to train but not pigeonhole

By Joan Anderman
Globe Staff / November 15, 2009

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New England Conservatory is renowned as a premier institution for classical and jazz musicians. But a training ground for singer-songwriters, bluegrass artists, and jam bands? NEC’s department of contemporary improvisation is developing a reputation as just that: a place where promising popular musicians come for rigorous training. Alumni like singer Aoife O’Donovan, fiddler Lissa Schneckenburger, keyboardist John Medeski, and clarinetist ... (Full article: 280 words)

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