Mission and Vision

Our Mission: We prepare and inspire our students to perform at the highest level in their art and in their lives. We foster their creativity and give them courage. We teach them the skills that will lead to professional and personal fulfillment.

Vision

Boston Conservatory at Berklee is internationally recognized as an innovative leader among conservatory programs, focused on elevating and celebrating every aspect of the performing arts. The institution has established itself as an important voice in the movement to make all forms of performing arts a more visible and valued dimension of communities here and abroad.

The institution holds its staff, faculty, and students to the highest standards of performance—on the stage, in the classroom, and at every step in the creative journey. It weaves together distinct disciplines and curricula in dance, music, and theater, in order to create a unique and exceptional learning experience. Boston Conservatory students, faculty, staff, and trustees embrace the critical role of performance throughout life. Its graduates are prepared not only to excel in their artistic careers, but to dedicate themselves fully in lives of engagement and purpose. Every member of the Conservatory community strives to create value for all the constituencies that the institution serves. All understand that their contributions are essential to the Conservatory's mission.

Conservatory alumni are proud of their involvement with the school, playing an active role in its advancement, while acknowledging its impact through the course of their lives. Like the community that surrounds the school, alumni view Boston Conservatory as a vital contributor to the city, and to the world at large.

History

Boston Conservatory was founded in 1867 by Julius Eichberg to serve as both a professional training academy and community music school. Eichberg, a gifted violinist and composer, brought with him the spirit and musical practices flourishing in the great conservatories of Brussels, Paris, Prague, London, and Vienna—but with a difference. From the very start, the Conservatory broke new ground by opening its doors to women and African Americans, people with few professional opportunities in classical music at the time. The Conservatory is also credited with several other important “firsts.” After merging with the National Associated Studios of Music at the start of the 20th century, the Conservatory expanded its offerings in several innovative ways. The Conservatory incorporated dance and theater training into its curriculum, created the first “grand opera” department in the U.S., and developed the first professional training program in dance to offer equal emphasis on European classical ballet and the uniquely American forms of modern dance. Today, Boston Conservatory at Berklee offers fully accredited programs in dance, music, and theater, with access to the resources and programs of the greater Berklee institution. Boston Conservatory student and faculty performances are a consistent and valued part of Boston's cultural life. The Conservatory's community service programs allow students to reach out beyond the school's walls and connect with populations across the city. Boston Conservatory's success is visible both in the learning environment it provides, and in the impressive professional accomplishments of its graduates.