String Chamber Orchestra performing in Jordan Hall

Peter Jarvis, Conductor

Open to advanced pre-college string players. SCO is the highest level string orchestra for the Prep program. Students placed in SCO generally play with a high level of musicality and technical mastery, and are comfortable playing complete concertos. While orchestra assignments are made by level, not age, most members of SCO are in grades 9-12.

Rehearsals: Saturday, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM in Brown Hall 

2016-2017 Concert Schedule

  • Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 7:30 PM in Jordan Hall
  • Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 7:30 PM in Jordan Hall
  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 7:30 PM in Jordan Hall

Audition Information

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.

SCO members do not need to take Fall seating auditions. 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

Spring 2016 Audition Information and Dates

Spring 2016 Audition Requirements

Spring 2016 Audition Excerpts for Senior Orchestras

For information regarding Fall seating auditions, please visit the Current Members Page.

Absence Requests

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

Still have questions?

Contact Marlee McDonald-Yepes, Program Manager for the Strings Department at (617) 585-1132.

During the academic year, SCO members can also contact the SCO student manager or call (617) 585-1160.