The Boston Conservatory was originally founded in the year 1867 by the violinist Julius Eichberg as a community music school and training academy. Boston Conservatory was a pioneer from conception; it was one of very few establishments at the time to admit both women and African Americans as well. Today the Boston Conservatory is an independent private college with programs in theater, dance and music. The theatre program at Boston Conservatory is known to be one of the best in the country. Aside from all the culture and entertaining events and peers and faculty at the college, the city itself has a lot to offer students in regards to history and entertainment.
The faculty at Boston Conservatory is of very high quality, many members of the faculty also hold positions in Boston Symphony orchestras, Boston operas, Boston Ballet, and Prometheus Dance along with many other premier national and local organizations. Students may choose programs in one of the three divisions the school has categorized the curriculum in; they are music, dance and theatre. The music division has 350 students and 114 faculty members. They offer a Bachelor of Music, Master of Music degrees, Graduate Performance Diploma and Artist Diploma for students to pursue at the college. The students will “major” or focus within the appropriate department, they are; Piano, Strings, Composition, Voice and Opera, Brass, Harp and Guitar, Percussion/Marimba and Woodwinds.
The Dance Division of the Boston Conservatory trains young student dancers for professional careers. They offer an education and training in many different styles of dance, they are; ballet, modern, jazz, tap, ethnic styles, Pilates, Alexander Technique, and choreography. The curriculum for the Bachelor of Fine arts Degree available for this division is mainly focused on performance. The professional artists and faculty focus on both classic and modern ballet and employ some of the lead choreographers in the industry. Classes in the Dance Division are small so students may receive the individual attention they may need to further their potential for success as a professional dancer.
The Theatre Division at Boston Conservatory is one of the best in the country and they specialize in musical theatre. They offer degrees in Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Music degrees and permit seniors to choose from a focus in Performance, Directing, Directing Music or Acting. Students will spend time focusing on acting, speech, dance, theater movement, voice, musicianship, directing, stagecraft, and theater academics. Aside from improving their craft and skills, students will also learn about the industry in regards to auditions and cold readings, interviewing skills and business skills—including how to manage agents, casting directors, contracts and managers. Aside from the learning, Boston Conservatory also has traveling and performing opportunities for students.
Alumni from Boston Conservatory hold positions in many different avenues of the entertainment industry. Many work for premier dance companies or have down work on various popular Broadway shows. Others have become producers and directors or actors on television and movies. There are no distance learning programs for Boston Conservatory; this is an experience for students able to live firsthand in the Boston Area.