For information about our Chamber Music offerings by instrument, please choose from the following options:

String Chamber Music & Duo

Piano Chamber Music & Duo

Woodwind and Brass Chamber Music

Our Chamber Music ensembles run on a full academic year schedule.

To learn more about our chamber music program, please contact Laura Blustein, Department Chair of Chamber Music at


Auditions for our Chamber Music program take place each September. To schedule an audition time for the 2014-2015 school year, please contact the Prep office in August 2014 by e-mailing or calling (617) 585-1160.

Please note that the NEC Prep Chamber Music audition committee tries their best to place all students who audition into chamber groups. However, appropriate chamber groups are only formed if other students of similar age, skill level, and Saturday time availability audition.

Chamber Music Audition Requirements

2 contrasting pieces of solo repertoire.

More about Chamber Music

The NEC Preparatory School offers chamber ensembles for string, wind, brass, and piano players ages 8-18, in both classical and jazz. Chamber music at NEC connects young musicians together based on the common interest of their love of music, and is an excellent complement to instrumental education alongisde private lessons and large ensembles.

NEC Prep chamber music is a place where students join in learning some of the most powerful pieces in the repertoire. It demands a high level of artistic exploration, creativity, and expression from each member. Students have the opportunity to:

  • Share musical opinions and ways to interpret their scores.  Motivated by their peers, they mature into deeper levels of musicianship.
  • Develop sensitive listening while playing
  • Develop practice and rehearsal techniques
  • Gain independence

Playing chamber music is a great way to meet new friends and fellow musicians. Some of our NEC Prep chamber groups play together for years. Their friendships grow and it is a huge part of their lives.

Each group is coached by a highly experienced teacher and performer who has a passion for chamber music and loves to work with young musicians.

Groups receive 28 coaching sessions and may have the opportunity to play in and attend master classes given by distinguished chamber music faculty from the NEC college and other outstanding visiting chamber music artists.

String & Piano Chamber Music

The NEC Preparatory School offers chamber music coaching to ensembles of various levels and ages. Groups will be determined by age, ability, and instrumentation. Each will receive 28 coaching sessions and two end-of-semester workshops. Students are expected to participate in festival concerts each semester.