The NEC Preparatory School offers a rich array of orchestras for students with varying degrees of experience and virtuosity on their instruments.
Please choose an orchestra from the list below for more information.
The orchestra program includes: Four full orchestras, with winds, brass, percussion, and string players; four large string orchestra; String Chamber Orchestra and Baroque Ensembles at every level. All of these groups are listed below. Click on the links to find out more information about individual groups.
- Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (YPO)
- Youth Symphony (YS)
- String Chamber Orchestra (SCO)
- Youth Repertory Orchestra (YRO)
- Junior Repertory Orchestra (JRO)
- String Repertory Orchestra (SRO)
- Preparatory String Orchestra (PSO)
- String Training Orchestras (STO)
- Baroque Orchestras at various levels
All of the orchestras usually perform at least twice each year at NEC. Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (YPO), and Youth Symphony (YS) are both touring ensembles. YPO toured to Argentina and YS toured to Costa Rica this past June. YPO and YS will tour again in June 2015.
The NEC Prep Orchestra Program holds auditions each May for the following academic year. Orchestra auditions are not held for specific orchestras, rather students are placed into an orchestra based on their audition. We begin scheduling May auditions in March of each year. To sign up for a May audition, click here. For those admitted into the orchestra program, seating auditions are held in early September (with the exception of SCO). Additional entrance auditions may be held in the Fall for select instruments, on a space availability basis only. For more information about Fall auditions or to sign up for an audition, please call (617) 585-1160 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For audition requirements, click here.