Academic Partnerships

Boston Conservatory partners with many Greater Boston organizations to add vibrancy to the school's academic programming. Below are some initiatives that set the Conservatory apart.


Goodspeed Festival

Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals (2015). Photo Credit: Diane Sobolewski


Boston Arts Academy

Boston Conservatory vocal pedagogy students teach applied voice to young artists at the Boston Arts Academy (BAA), Boston’s prestigious high school for the performing arts. Additionally, as part of the Dance Division’s Choreographic Exchange Initiative, BAA Dance Department cochair William McLaughlin choreographs a new work for Conservatory contemporary dance freshmen to perform on the mainstage, while Boston Conservatory dean of dance Cathy Young choreographs a new work for BAA dance students to perform for their spring program.

Boston Children's Museum

Boston Conservatory Opera Department presents operas for young audiences at the Boston Children’s Museum, allowing performers to engage a younger audience.

Boston City Singers

Boston Conservatory vocal pedagogy students provide lessons in voice, musicianship and rhythm, music theory, and general artistry to children participating in Boston City Singers’ multicultural youth chorus program. Conservatory voice and conducting students also provide private instruction as needed. In addition, members of the Boston City Singers have been featured soloists in Conservatory choral concerts, and their ensembles have performed with the Conservatory in mainstage productions, such as the school’s 2013 production of Leoš Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen.

Boston Public Schools

Boston Conservatory music education students conduct prepracticum classroom observations and engage in student teaching practica in a number of public schools in Greater Boston and throughout Massachusetts. Additionally, as part of their course studies, music education students also lead and teach in a three-week summer program for Boston Public School (BPS) students in grades 6–12. The program includes workshops, vocal and instrumental ensemble rehearsals, sectionals, and tutoring. At the end of each program, BPS students present a performance for their parents and teachers.

The Eliot School 

Boston Conservatory dance students teach creative movement at the Eliot School under the direction of Eliot School faculty member Sean Murphy (B.F.A. ’14, M.F.A. ’96, Dance), as part of an internship program. To prepare for the internship, Conservatory students receive advanced training in classroom pedagogy from Conservatory faculty member Maggy Gorrill.

Goodspeed Musicals

Boston Conservatory theater students participate annually in the development of new works at Goodspeed Musicals in East Haddam, Connecticut.

The Harvard Club of Boston

Each year, Boston Conservatory's Opera Department presents a special evening of opera at Boston’s esteemed Harvard Club.

Institute of Contemporary Art

The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) regularly showcases works by the Conservatory's Dance Division in conjunction with relevant exhibitions. 

Massachusetts General Hospital Voice Center

Boston Conservatory vocal pedagogy students receive complimentary vocal health screenings at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) each year, giving them first-hand experience with state-of-the-art voice assessment equipment and providing insight into the continually evolving science of voice and speech.

Museum of Fine Arts—Sound Bites

Boston Conservatory students and faculty perform regularly as part of Museum of Fine Arts Sound Bites: Nancy Lee Clark Concert Series, a program that offers museum patrons a monthly ensemble performance. Recent engagements include the Boston Conservatory Honors Trio and various performances by voice and opera students.

Northeastern University

Boston Conservatory music students have full access to Northeastern University’s music technology facilities in Boston. In exchange, two Boston Conservatory music education students co-teach a World Music Ensemble class for undergraduate Northeastern music majors.

Pro Arts Consortium

Boston Conservatory at Berklee is part of the Pro Arts Consortium, a collection of six Boston-based performing and visual arts colleges, including:

  • Berklee College of Music
  • Boston Architectural College
  • Emerson College
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts

Through our partnerships, students can cross-register for additional liberal arts courses within the Pro Arts Consortium. Students are not eligible to earn dual degrees through these institutions, but may receive course credits for successfully completed courses.