New England Conservatory Appoints Merry Peckham as New Chamber Music Chair

April 5, 2017

New England Conservatory has announced that Merry Peckham will join their faculty next fall as Chair of the Chamber Music Department. Peckham will be coaching several chamber music ensembles every semester, as well as working with the chamber music program in the Preparatory School.

Peckham will succeed Lucy Chapman, who will be on leave as of fall 2017.

“More than 70 chamber music groups are registered at New England Conservatory every semester, and the quality of the program under Lucy Chapman’s guidance has been one of NEC’s greatest strengths,” said Tom Novak, NEC’s interim president. “Merry Peckham brings a wealth of experience to this position, having a long career as a chamber music performer and teacher, so our students are certain to benefit.”

Peckham’s credentials include being a founding member of the Cavani Quartet, serving on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music since 1998, and serving as a string chamber music coordinator and coach at the Oberlin College Conservatory.

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