New England Conservatory Appoints Two Officers to Expanded Education Division

By Nicolas Quiroga

The New England Conservatory has appointed two officers to the Expanded Education Division as part of an institutional initiative to expand access to arts and music education for youth in the city of Boston.

Adam Calus will serve as Principal of NEC High School, and Cecilia Pinto will assume the role of Director of Early Childhood Education.

Working alongside Executive Director Sarah Caggiano, who is also NEC’s Executive Director of Expanded Education, Calus and Pinto will collaborate on the mission to expand opportunities for Boston youth through scholarships and new initiatives, with a particular focus on expanding music education in prekindergarten. The institution has been granted $14.5 million dollars to support these efforts.

“We welcome Adam and Cecilia to our team. They both bring a wealth of experience and fresh perspectives that will bolster the work in the Expanded Education Division,” said Sarah Caggiano in an official press statement.

“I am deeply honored to be a part of NEC, and I already feel a strong desire to contribute to the institution’s rich traditions and commitment to excellence,” added Calus.

Pinto expressed her hope to contribute her experience, expertise, and passion to NEC’s endeavors in providing music education to young children from all backgrounds.

Calus is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He holds a BA in Film Music from Berklee College of Music and has pursued coursework in Music Education, Jazz Composition, and Conducting, as well as a Master of Music in Music Education.

Pinto, on the other hand, is an Educator of Violin Music and Early Childhood Education. In her native Peru, she served as President of the String Department of the Suzuki Association of Peru. She holds a Master of Music and a Bachelor of Violin Performance.