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Bradley Hall The Rivers School Conservatory


The Rivers School Conservatory is dedicated to offering premier classical and jazz music education and performance programs that develop the highest levels of artistic technical achievement in student musicians of all ages. Our faculty members are among the most distinguished artist-teachers in the Boston area. We are a community that focuses on cultivating exceptional musicianship through performance.  The hundreds of workshops, master classes, recitals, and concerts available each year present opportunities for each student to develop, strengthen, and refine his or her talent through public presentation. We foster creativity and imagination in our students and cultivate the inspiration, self-confidence, discipline, and leadership skills that are developed through the exploration of music.  We are proud of our reputation for developing a life-long passion for music in our students.

Key Facts

  • 722 Students enrolled at RSC
  • 92 Professional teaching faculty
  • 36 Ensembles
  • 200+ Recitals, Workshops, & Masterclass opportunites
Rivera Recital Hall


The Rivers School Conservatory was founded in 1975 when The New England Conservatory of Music closed all of the suburban branches of its preparatory school, including its Wellesley school. The displaced families from Wellesley, Weston, and Wayland convinced Ethel Bernard, one of the pioneers of the music school movement, to establish a music school committed to excellence in music education and performance. Ethel Bernard approached The Rivers School with the idea of founding a music school in the unoccupied former headmaster’s house on the campus of the then all-boys college preparatory school. First called The Music School at Rivers, The Rivers School Conservatory has been one of the nation’s leading community music conservatories ever since. In 1978, the Annual Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young was established and gained Rivers world-wide renown through a WGBH-TV documentary that was broadcast internationally by PBS. Over the past three and a half decades, the Conservatory has grown to over 700 students and includes a dynamic student orchestra program, jazz and chamber ensembles, music theory and composition, its critically acclaimed Marimba Magic Program, choruses, wind ensemble, master classes, workshops, and, of course, private lessons on every orchestral and jazz instrument, piano and voice.
In 1978, The Rivers Music School (now The Rivers School Conservatory) founded the Annual Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young. This weekend-long series of recitals, workshops, and special events, which has gained world-wide recognition, was featured on the WGBH-TV documentary broadcast internationally by PBS in 1983.