It all began in 1970 when a small group of determined citizens gathered in a Cohasset living room to ensure that the South Shore would continue to have a school that provided excellent music education for its children and for generations to come. The New England Conservatory was about to close its Hingham satellite, and in its place, a new organization began to emerge, dedicated to the mission of providing access to excellence in music and arts education for the entire South Shore community.
And here we are more than 45 years later, and our spirit and dedication to providing access to the arts is still a driving force in all we do. Not only has our enrollment increased dramatically from those first years, but so has our scope. We have grown from a small school, that embraced the importance of music in everyday lives, into the largest community school for the arts in New England, a place that creates opportunities for people of all ages to shine in all the performing art forms: music of all genres and styles, dance and theater. Throughout our 45+ years, we have stayed true to our mission of making quality arts education accessible to the community and in so doing have added an award-winning arts-based preschool, a youth orchestra and a series of year-long concerts featuring our outstanding professional faculty and guest artists.
As a community school for the arts, community is at the heart of what we do. We create community through the arts, and we continue to be a vibrant part of the larger South Shore community as a contributor to its culture and quality of life. Our Conservatory community includes students of all ages with various arts interests. Our community includes infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-aged children, college students and adults. Some prefer to participate while others are comfortable being audience members who enjoy attending Evenings Under the Stars and Duxbury Music Festival concerts, family arts festivals, student and faculty recitals and concerts, and family performances. Each event celebrates the importance of having music and the arts in our lives.
From humble beginnings in the basements of churches to our two beautiful campuses; from 100 students to more than 2,000; from a small group of dedicated supporters to hundreds of enthusiastic donors and volunteers; from the desire to enrich and strengthen our South Shore community through the arts to the establishment of a school that offers something for everyone, we are proud of what we have accomplished together as a community and we invite you become part of our Conservatory community and join the celebration.
Celebrate music and the performing arts, celebrate our 45 years, celebrate the creative you!