women in the conservatory's history

Boston Conservatory Celebrates Women’s History Month with Nod to Founder Julius Eichberg’s Work for Gender Equality

March 14, 2017

As the nation recognizes Women’s History Month this March, Boston Conservatory at Berklee salutes the legacy of visionary founder Julius Eichberg, who in 1867 opened the Conservatory’s doors to women and those who had never before had access to a conservatory-style education.

Richard Ortner

President Richard Ortner Announces Intention to Retire in 2017

October 26, 2016

Boston Conservatory President Richard Ortner, who transformed the institution with new faculty appointments, new construction of state-of-the-art facilities, groundbreaking programs for individuals with special needs, and a merger with Berklee College of Music, announces his retirement in June 2017. Ortner, the Conservatory’s eighth president, has served for 18 years. He will remain active as a senior advisor, focusing on international reputation, board building, and formulation of the institution’s music, dance, and theater strategies.

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