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New England Conservatory honors Remo Belli


New England Conservatory, Boston, MA, bestowed honorary doctorates on five distinguished musicians at its 142nd annual Commencement Exercises, Sunday, May 19 in NEC’s Jordan Hall. The recipients were innovative drumhead and drum manufacturer Remo Belli, Italian opera scholar Philip Gossett, jazz pianist Randy Weston, renowned collaborative pianist Graham Johnson, and NEC composer, flutist, and conductor John Heiss. 

In addition, approximately 250 graduating students in the class of 2013 were awarded degrees and diplomas including the Bachelor of Music, Graduate Diploma, Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts, and Artist Diploma. Speakers will include President Tony Woodcock, Provost Thomas Novak, and a student speaker, among others.

 “Remo D. Belli, professional drummer, inventor, entrepreneur, businessman, educator, music therapy advocate, and philanthropist, is the music industry’s personification of a renaissance man,” explained Ellen Pfeifer, Senior Communications Specialist, New England Conservatory, in the school’s announcement of the commencement. Remo Belli was extremely honored with this distinction from New England Conservatory, a recognized leader among music schools. NEC was founded in 1867 making it the oldest independent school of music in the United States.

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