A music school in Boston with a slight inferiority complex (think Juilliard, Curtis). The string players, pianists, and clarinetists are the freakin' best in the country. It's acronym is NEC, obviously. It's in a wicked old building on Huntington Ave in Boston and has Jordan Hall inside, which is repeatedly called one of the best concert halls in the US.
New England Conservatory is the shit. Go to hell, Juilliard.
Where musicians attend college if they are unable to be accepted at a university. Rejection of musicians by universities is most often based on low test scores and grades, poor English skills and most commonly, general lack of intelligence. Prominent examples include the Juilliard School in New York City, the New England Conservatory in Boston, the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, and the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.
Shit dude, I got rejected from Rice and USC, and waitlisted at Northwestern... well, I guess I'll just go to a conservatory then (sighs).