Boston Conservatory Earns Several “Best of” Recognitions in 2018

From “Top 10” school rankings to “Best Performance” accolades, Boston Conservatory at Berklee is at the top of its game.

December 20, 2018

2018 was an eventful year for Boston Conservatory at Berklee, marked by several groundbreaking initiatives that have cast the leading performing arts school in the spotlight. Boston Conservatory launched several new programs, including a semester abroad in Spain and a dynamic new summer intensive, Musical Theater Acting Intensive; debuted Center Stage, an innovative performance collection showcasing the Conservatory’s finest offerings in dance, music, and theater; introduced 10 new minors; and proudly watched as current students and alumni made headlines for their incredible achievements, such as Gabriella Reyes's (B.M. '16, voice) debut with the Metropolitan Opera, Kayley Hill's (B.F.A. '12, musical theater) advancing in NBC’s The Voice, Micah Woods’s (B.F.A. '15, musical theater) song "Chasing Boys" being featured in Rolling Stone's 10 Best Country, Americana Songs of the Week, and so many more.

These achievements have not gone unnoticed, with several independent publications recognizing Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s excellence as a leading performing arts school and performance presenter. Below are some of the accolades that Boston Conservatory earned in 2018:

  • Boston Conservatory at Berklee ranked a "Top 10 Under 10" school for musical theater by Buzzfeed, based on alumni success within ten years of graduation
  • Boston Conservatory at Berklee ranked a “Top 10” school for dance in the U.S. by Backstage (Boston Conservatory also earned this ranking in 2017)
  • Boston Conservatory at Berklee listed as one of the "Top 10" most represented colleges on Broadway by Playbill (Boston Conservatory also made this list in 2017)
  • Boston Conservatory at Berklee named in the “Top 25 College Dance Programs for 2018–2019” by OnStage, who credited Boston Conservatory as offering “far and away the best dance program in Boston”
  • Boston Conservatory ranked number five in a list of “Top 25 B.F.A. Musical Theater Programs for 2018–2019” by OnStage
  • Boston Conservatory at Berklee named as having the “Best Undergraduate Theater Program in Massachusetts" by OnStage
  • Boston Conservatory at Berklee ranked within the top 10 schools on The Best Schools’ list of “The 20 Best Music Conservatories in the U.S.”
  • Boston Conservatory at Berklee rated a top-tier performing arts college for its dance program by Prep Scholar
  • Boston Conservatory at Berklee received the 2018 Elliot Norton Arts Education Award for its musical theater programs
  • The Boston Globe named Boston Conservatory Percussion Ensemble’s performance of Paper Earth with Bent Knee the “best classical music collaboration of 2018”
  • Students of Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s contemporary theater B.F.A. program earned three awards from the 2018 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for their original devised work, Displaced: A Response to Qurban:
    • Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Award
    • Outstanding Sound Design and Composition
    • Distinguished Production of a Devised or Company Generated Work

Boston Conservatory at Berklee Executive Director Cathy Young credits the recent recognitions to the passionate dedication and hard work of the school’s brilliantly talented students, alumni, faculty, and staff. “Boston Conservatory is a close-knit community of multidisciplinary artists who respect and support one another—we have dancers, musicians, actors, singers, composers, directors, producers, and choreographers all under one roof. Together, we’re always exploring, creating, and advancing, giving our students the skills and practice they’ll need to innovate and shape the fields for the future. It humbles me to know that others recognize, as I do, the importance and value of the unique education that Boston Conservatory offers.”

Applications to Boston Conservatory’s undergraduate and graduate programs are due December 1 for fall enrollment. Learn more about admissions and schedule a campus tour.