The Boston Conservatory

The Boston Conservatory

The Boston conservatory was founded in 1867 by Julius Eichberg to serve as a community music school and professional training academy. Since its foundation, the academy has been influenced by the music conservatories of Brussels, Prague, London, Paris and Vienna. The institute merged with the National Associated Studios of Music at the beginning of the 20th century.

The conservatory is also known for creating the first department of grand opera in the United States and drawing special emphasis on American forms of modern dance. The conservatory is private and independent serving the communities of Boston in the fields of music, dance and theater. Some of the alumni of the Boston Conservatory include Jack Noseworthy (film and television actor), Eddie Korbich (Broadway actor) and Michelle Chasse (dance instructor, Musical Theater Dance).

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Contacting The Boston Conservatory

The Boston Conservatory
8 the Fenway
Boston , MA 02215
General Phone: (617) 536-6340

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The Boston Conservatory Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Drama and Performing Arts50dance, various performing arts

Number of programs and degrees for The Boston Conservatory in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree693
Postbaccalaureate certificate21
Master's degree692
Post-master's certificate151

The Boston Conservatory Student Body

In 2007-2008, The Boston Conservatory had a total enrollment of 630 students (646 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 44%
Women 56%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 72%
Graduate 28%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 20%
Black 1%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 8%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 68%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
18-19 21%
20-21 20%
22-24 28%
25-29 25%
30-34 3%
35-39 2%
40-49 1%

The Boston Conservatory Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 74 %

The Boston Conservatory Room and Board (2007)

The Boston Conservatory offers campus housing for 200 of its 646 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Boston, Massachusetts for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Massachusetts Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

The Boston Conservatory Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

The Boston Conservatory Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 32,050
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 32,050
Room and board $ 16,100
Room charge $ 10,500
Board (meal plan) charge $ 5,600
Books and supplies $ 600
Other expenses $ 2,850

Financial Aid:
The Boston Conservatory participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 212900)

The Boston Conservatory Faculty

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
No academic rankacademic year35$47,84039$47,789
All faculty totalacademic year35$47,84039$47,789

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

The Boston Conservatory Degree Programs (2007)

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Visual and Performing Arts, Other

Music, General

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Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
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