A prescreening recording is required for all applicants to Chamber Music. Repertoire requirements are listed below. Please review the recording guidelines section of our general Audition Requirements page for information about uploading prescreening files as part of your online application.
Professional String Quartet Training Program
Note: NEC does not have an opening for a String Quartet for Fall 2016 entry. We anticipate an opening for a new ensemble beginning in Fall 2017.
Groups applying to the Professional String Quartet Training Program should submit a prescreening recording with at least three contrasting pieces (all movements) of the group's choice. Groups invited to the live audition at NEC will present three contrasting works (all movements), which may be the same or different, in whole or in part, from the repertoire contained on the prescreening recording.
Professional Piano Trio Training Program
Groups applying to the Professional Piano Trio Training Program should submit a prescreening recording with three contrasting trios (all movements) of the group's choice. Groups invited to the live audition at NEC will present three contrasting trios (all movements), which may be the same or different, in whole or in part, from the repertoire contained on the prescreening recording.
Chamber Music - Piano
Applicants to Chamber Music - Piano should include one piece from each of the following categories in their prescreening recording. Please present at least two contrasting movements from each multi-movement work:
- Solo work
- Violin or cello sonata
- Piano trio, quartet, or quintet
Chamber Piano applicants who are invited to a live audition should prepare the following audition repertoire. At the audition, applicants will first present the solo repertoire and then play the chamber pieces with current NEC students. Applicants will have the opportunity to rehearse briefly with the other players before the audition.
- Any first movement of a Beethoven sonata
- A contrasting piece of the applicant's choice
- Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34, I. Allegro non troppo
- Beethoven Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97 ("Archduke"), III. Andante cantabile
- Mendelssohn Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 66, I. Allegro energico e con fuoco