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

Fall Seating Auditions

Seating auditions: September 6-7, 2014

Seating audition requirement:  Students should prepare two constrasting solos or two contrasting movements from the same piece.

2014-2015 Concerts

February 1, 2015 at 11am in Williams Hall
May 31, 2015 at 9:30am in Williams Hall

2014-15 Calendar

SEPTEMBER           
12     RBWB rehearsals begin
19     RBWB rehearsal
26     RBWB rehearsal

OCTOBER
3       RBWB rehearsal
10     RBWB rehearsal
17     RBWB rehearsal
24    RBWB rehearsal
31    NO RBWB REHEARSAL

NOVEMBER
7      RBWB rehearsal
14    NO RBWB REHEARSAL
21    RBWB rehearsal
28    NO RBWB REHEARSAL   
        HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

DECEMBER
5      RBWB rehearsal
12    RBWB rehearsal
19    RBWB rehearsal


DEC. 20- JAN. 8 NO RBWB

JANUARY   
9        RBWB rehearsal
16      RBWB rehearsal
23      RBWB rehearsal
30      RBWB rehearsal

FEBRUARY
1       BAROQUE ENSEMBLES CONCERT
        11AM Williams Hall
6       RBWB rehearsal
13     RBWB rehearsal
20     NO RBWB REHEARSAL
27     RBWB rehearsal

MARCH
6      RBWB rehearsal
13    RBWB rehearsal
20    RBWB rehearsal
27    RBWB rehearsal

APRIL
3      NO RBWB REHEARSAL
10     RBWB rehearsal
17     RBWB rehearsal
24    NO RBWB REHEARSAL

MAY
3-17     Large Ensemble Auditions
1        RBWB rehearsal
8        RBWB rehearsal
15      RBWB rehearsal
22      RBWB rehearsal
29      RBWB rehearsal
31     BAROQUE ENSEMBLES CONCERT
         9:30AM Williams Hall

* All dates are subject to change

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.

2013-07-09


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