Prep AuditionsAudtions for our large ensembles take place during the spring. NEC Prep Large Ensembles consist of our Orchestras & Wind Ensembles, Youth Jazz Orchestra, Choruses, Youth Brass Ensemble, and Baroque Ensembles.

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Audition Dates

Please note that when scheduling an audition, if one of the below dates is unavailable for your selection, then that date is full for your audition type.

Overflow Auditions (All instruments)
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Orchestra (String)
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Friday, May 13, 2016
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Friday, May 20, 2016
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Orchestra (Woodwinds & Brass)
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Friday, May 20, 2016

Orchestra (Harp)
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Orchestra (Percussion)
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Baroque Ensembles
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Sunday, May 15, 2016

Children's Choruses
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Youth Chorale/Young Women's Chorale
Thusday, May 12, 2016
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Youth Jazz Orchestra
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble (MYWE)
Friday, May 13, 2016
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Friday, May 20, 2016
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (YPO) Callbacks
Thursday, May 19, 2016 (for current YS members)
Friday, May 20, 2016 (for current YS members)
Saturday, May 21, 2016 (for current YS members)

* YPO callbacks are for current YS members and students who have previously received a YPO callback.

For more information on how to sign up for an audition, click here.

Audition Types

Please note that each of the bulletpoints listed under each instrument are separate auditions, and must be signed up for separately when signing up for auditions.

A note about orchestra auditions: NEC Prep has nine different orchestras: String Training Orchestra, Preparatory String Orchestra, String Repertory Orchestra, Junior Repertory Orchestra, Youth Repertory Orchestra, Youth Symphony, Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and String Chamber Orchestra. Orchestra auditions are general auditions, and not for a specific group. Group placement is determined by the student's PERFORMANCE in the audition, not on the student's age.

PLEASE NOTE: Students interested in auditioning for one of NEC Prep's senior most orchestras (YPO and YS), must prepare specific orchestral excerpts in addition to the standard audition repertoire requirements listed for their respective instruments. For more information about audition excerpts, click here.

Strings

Woodwinds

*Admission to NEC Prep orchestras is highly selective, particularly for woodwind players, as the number of openings is very limited. Because of this, we recommend that wind players also audition for our Wind, Baroque, and Chamber Music ensembles.

10th graders may audition for both Junior and Senior MYWE.

Brass

*Admission to NEC Prep orchestras is highly selective, particularly for brass players, as the number of openings is very limited. Because of this, we recommend that brass players also audition for our Wind, Baroque, and Chamber Music ensembles, Youth Brass Ensemble, and Trombone Choir.

10th graders may audition for both Junior and Senior MYWE.

Percussion

*Admission to NEC Prep orchestras is highly selective, particularly for percussion players, as the number of openings is very limited. Because of this, we recommend that percussion players also audition for our Wind Ensembles and Percussion Ensemble.

10th graders may audition for both Junior and Senior MYWE.

Guitar

Piano/Harpsichord

Voice (Choruses)

Please note that students in late middle school and early high school may be eligible for both categories, depending on their current state of physical voice development, interests, and time availability. For more information on this, please contact the Preparatory School office.

Jazz

Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (YPO) Auditions/Invitations

YPO is one of NEC Prep's senior-most orchestras. Students who are interested in auditioning for YPO will have to prepare excerpts in addition to normal repertoire requirements. Those excerpts can be found here: Senior Orchestra Excerpts. For normal audition repertoire requirements, click here.

Students new to the NEC Prep orchestra auditions will be considered for YPO through their general orchestra audition.

Students currently in our Youth Symphony, are automatically eligible for a YPO callback audition.

Audition Repertoire

For audition repertoire requirements, click here.

For more information about how to audition for our other offerings such as lessons, classes, and small ensembles, please visit our General Auditions page.

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IT'S LIKE AN ACT OF MURDER; YOU PLAY WITH INTENT TO COMMIT SOMETHING. DUKE ELLINGTON