Aldo Abreu, director

This small ensemble is open by audition to upper intermediate woodwind and brass players. This ensemble specializes in Renaissance and Baroque wind instrumental music written between the years 1500-1750. Students play their own modern instruments, but the parts are transposed (by Mr. Abreu) from the original scores written for crumhorns, shawms, recorders, sackbuts, trumpets, cornettos, and other early winds, brass and percussion. The Renaissance & Baroque Wind Band includes, as a major part of its repertory, late renaissance polychoral (antiphonal) works by composers such as Gabrieli, Grillo and others. The choirs of instruments are spread out around the concert hall creating a “surround sound” effect. While orchestra assignments are made by level, not age, most members are in grades 7-12.

Baroque Ensembles range in size and offer a more intimate study than the larger orchestras. These chamber music size groups allow for one or just a few player(s) per part. This smaller group setting allows students to develop chamber music skills learning to listen to each other.

Rehearsals: Fridays, 4:30-6:30pm, Carr Organ Room

2016-2017 Calendar

SEPTEMBER
17           RBWB rehearsals begin
24           RBWB rehearsal

OCTOBER
1             RBWB rehearsal
8             RBWB rehearsal
15           RBWB rehearsal
22           RBWB rehearsal
29           RBWB rehearsal

NOVEMBER
5             RBWB rehearsal
12           RBWB rehearsal
19           RBWB rehearsal

26           NO RBWB rehearsal – Thanksgiving Break

DECEMBER
3             RBWB rehearsal
10           RBWB rehearsal
17           RBWB rehearsal
24           NO RBWB rehearsal – Winter Break
31           NO RBWB rehearsal – Winter Break

JANUARY
7             RBWB rehearsal
14           RBWB rehearsal
21           RBWB rehearsal
22           RBWB Concert, 11:30am, Williams Hall
28           RBWB rehearsal

FEBRUARY
4             RBWB rehearsal
11           RBWB rehearsal
18           NO RBWB rehearsal – February Break
25           RBWB rehearsal

MARCH
4             RBWB rehearsal
11           NO RBWB rehearsal – Spring Break
18           RBWB rehearsal
25           RBWB rehearsal

APRIL
1             RBWB rehearsal
8             RBWB rehearsal
15           RBWB rehearsal
22           RBWB rehearsal
29           RBWB rehearsal

MAY
6             RBWB rehearsal
13           RBWB rehearsal
20           RBWB rehearsal
24           RBWB Concert, 7pm, Williams Hall

 

Audition Information

The NEC Prep Baroque Ensembles hold auditions each May for the following academic year. Baroque Ensemble auditions are not held for specific ensembles, 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. 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 prep@necmusic.edu.

For audition requirements, click here.

Absence Requests

For information on how to report an absence, please click here.

Still have questions?

E-mail the Preparatory School Office at prep@necmusic.edu or call (617) 585-1160.

2016-06-14


I REMAIN TRUE TO MY STARTING PRINCIPLE. TO WRITE SOLELY AS I MYSELF THINK BEST. FELIX MENDELSSOHN