New England Conservatory taps Benjamin Sosland as next provost and dean

Posted on: March 26, 2021

“Benjamin Sosland, interim dean and director of the Music Division at the Juilliard School, is to be the next provost and dean of the New England Conservatory, effective July 5,” writes Susan Elliott in Tuesday’s (3/24) Musical America (subscription required). “He succeeds Thomas Novak, a 20-year NEC veteran who holds the title of VP and provost and served as the school’s interim president July 2015 to December 2018, when Andrea Kayln arrived from Oberlin to take the top job. Sosland will oversee all aspects of NEC’s programs including the College, Preparatory School, and School of Continuing Education. He is the founder and administrative chief of Juilliard’s esteemed Historical Performance Department … He also is founding assistant dean of the Juilliard’s Kovner Fellowship, a member of the graduate studies faculty, and teaches ‘Entrepreneurship for Musicians.’ He is a frequent pre-concert lecturer at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center … A tenor, Sosland holds an undergraduate degree in voice from the Eastman School of Music and both master’s and doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School. He has performed with … the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and festivals such as Aspen and Ravinia.”