Jonathan Richter, Director

The NEC Youth Chorale is a highly celebrated mixed chorus for advanced singers in grades 9-12. The ensemble performs frequently in NEC's Jordan Hall and other regional venues. The Youth Chorale often has the opportunity to perform with instrumental ensembles of various sizes, and in recent years it has shared the stage with the NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and Youth Symphony, as well as the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra. Comprised of students from the greater Boston area and beyond, the Youth Chorale offers young singers the opportunity to experience and perform the masterworks of the choral repertoire at an exceptionally high level. Recent concert programs have featured works such as the Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes, Mahler's Symphony No. 2 ("Ressurrection"), the Mozart Missa Brevis in F, K.192, and the Bernstein Chichester Psalms.

Entrance into the Youth Chorale is by audition only. Once students have been accepted in to the Youth Chorale, they can audition in the fall for placement in Youth Camerata, a highly advanced ensemble comprised of SATB singers who are members of the Youth Chorale.

Chorale Rehearsals: Saturday, 3:00 – 4:30 PM in Pierce Hall

Camerata Rehearsals: Saturday, 4:45 - 5:45 PM in Pierce Hall


2015-2016 Concerts

November 20, 2015
NEC Youth Choruses at the Church of the Covenant
February 7, 2016
YPO and Youth Chorale perform Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass at NEC's Jordan Hall

May 15, 2016
All NEC Prep Choruses at Jordan Hall

May 25, 2016
Youth Chorale and Young Women's Chorale perform Orff's Carmina Burana at Jordan Hall


Youth Camerata

In photo: Youth Camerata


Chorus Audition Information

The NEC Prep Choral Program holds auditions each May for the following academic year. We begin scheduling May auditions in March of each year. Once the audition season has passed, Youth Chorale will continue to accept students on a rolling basis pending space available. Interested students should email

For audition requirements, click here.

Absence Requests

Please submit an Absence Request Form to the Student Chorus Manager or Peter Bianca, Concert Ensemble Manager. Requests need to be submitted at least two weeks before the date of absence. We urge you to submit requests as soon as you know about them so that there is plenty of time for them to be approved. All absences must be approved by the NEC Prep Office, prior to the absence date.

You may submit it in using one of the following methods:

  • Print and hand deliver to the Prep Office at 241 St. Botolph Street, Room SB 120.
  • Fax your form to (617) 585-1135 attn: Youth Chorale
  • Mail to: NEC Preparatory School attn: Youth Chorale, 290, Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 02115-5018

You may also email a letter of request to the Student Chorus Manager

NOTE: You will receive an email from the Youth Chorale manager when your absence has been approved.

Still have questions?

E-mail the Student Chorus Manager or Program Manager, Cassandra McBride, or call (617) 585-1128.