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The Boston Conservatory is a formerly independent performing arts conservatory located in the Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, United States. It grants undergraduate and graduate degrees in music, dance and theater. The Conservatory offers Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, Master of Fine Arts, and Master of Music degrees, as well as Graduate Performance Diplomas, Artist Diplomas, and Professional Studies Certificates. The Boston Conservatory was founded in 1867.
In December 2015, Berklee College of Music and The Boston Conservatory agreed to merge. The merger was effective as of Summer 2016. The combined institution, located in Boston’s historic Back Bay and Fenway neighborhoods, is now known as “Berklee”, with the Conservatory being “Boston Conservatory at Berklee”.
On February 11, 1867, violinist and composer Julius Eichberg founded The Boston Conservatory as a professional training academy and a community music school. It was one of the first conservatories to grant admission to African Americans and women.
In 1873, Eichberg’s operetta “The Doctor of Alcontara” was performed at the Conservatory by the first African-American opera company in the U.S.
In 1878, Eichberg established the Eichberg String Quartet, the first professional female quartet.
In 1893, upon Eichberg's death, direction was assumed by R. Marriner Floyd, with Herman P. Chelius, organist and composer, serving as the musical director. Under their direction, the school was first incorporated in 1896.
In 1943, Jan Veen established The Boston Conservatory Dance Division, the first program to emphasize both classical ballet and America's emerging modern dance. In 1951, the school gained authority to award Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in drama and dance.
Prior to 2015, The Boston Conservatory was an independent private college with accredited programs in music, dance, and theater. The Conservatory has presented more than 700 performances each year.
On January 19, 2016, the two schools announced that they would be merging. The agreement was signed the next day, with Berklee College of Music being renamed Berklee and the Conservatory being renamed The Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
Instead of dormitories, The Boston Conservatory uses Victorian brownstones for on-campus housing. Undergraduate rooms consist of quints, quads, triples, doubles, and singles. Freshmen are required to live on-campus, unless they commute from their home of origin.
Approximately 29% of students live on campus.
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