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.