David Loebel, Music Director
Hugh Wolff, Resident Conductor
Rehearsals: Saturdays, 3:10–6:00pm in Brown Hall
Founded in 1962, the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (YPO) is the senior-most orchestra at New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School. It is composed of 80 gifted young musicians between the ages of 13–18 who are selected annually from over 400 applicants. In an unusual and rich artistic partnership between youth orchestra and college conservatory, the YPO is guided by Music Director David Loebel, NEC Associate Director of Orchestras, and Resident Conductor Hugh Wolff, Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Director of Orchestras.
Sixteen international concert tours by the YPO have enriched audiences on four continents and established YPO as one of the finest youth orchestras in the world. Most recently the orchestra toured Argentina, performing concerts hosted by the prestigious Mozarteum series in Buenos Aires, Teatro Círculo in Rosario, and Chascomús, where they collaborated with La Fundación Sistema de Orquestas Infantiles y Juveniles de Argentina. In 2007, the orchestra traveled to China, giving concerts in several major cities and collaborating with young Chinese musicians. The orchestra has played in some of the finest concert halls of the world, including Santiago, Chile’s Teatro Municipal, and the Teatros Muncipal of Sao Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro and Musikverein in Vienna.
Praising “the highly talented teenagers who fill the ranks of the YPO,” and their “expressively charged and technically accomplished performances,” Boston Globe music critic Jeremy Eichler has written: “One of the special pleasures of hearing a youth orchestra comes from knowing that many of its members have been encountering the music, even a cornerstone of the repertory like the Brahms [Fourth Symphony], for the very first time. As a result, the playing can sometimes brim with the visceral thrill of discovery. That was the case here.”
2013–2014 YPO Concerts
- Friday, November 22nd, 2013 at 8 PM in Jordan Hall
- Saturday, February 15th, 2014 at 8 PM in Jordan Hall
- Shakespeare at 450: The Bard as Muse - Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 at 8 PM in Jordan Hall
- Sunday, June 1st, 2014 at 3 PM in Jordan Hall
Current Members should visit the current members page for more information regarding seating auditions, schedules, concerts, and tours.
YPO and the Boston Ballet
In 2014, YPO will continue this high-profile collaboration with the Boston Ballet School. 2014 will mark YPO's 4th year performing with the Boston Ballet School at the Boston Opera House and NEC's fifth year in the partnership. Boston Ballet's Music Director, Jonathan McPhee, will work with YPO students and conduct the May 14, 2014 performance. For more information about this performance, click here.
YPO tours biannually. YPO last toured in June 2013 to Argentina. YPO will tour again in June 2015.
Please note that during a tour year, it is mandatory for YPO members to go on tour.
Technical Requirements: Open by audition to highly advanced pre-college players. Admission to YPO is extremely selective. Students placed in YPO generally play at a level which will gain them admission to selective conservatories. While orchestral assignments are made by level, not age, most members of YPO are in grades 10–12. Younger college-age players are sometimes invited to fill vacancies due to the absence of qualified pre-college players. Special scholarships are available to Oboe, Bassoon, Viola, Trumpet and Double Bass players at the advanced levels.
Spring Large Ensemble Auditions
Large Ensemble (Orchestra) entrance and advancement auditions take place each May. For more information, click here.
Current YPO members do not need to re-audition if they would like to remain in YPO for the following year.
Please note that YS members and new students who are interested in joining YPO must prepare the senior orchestra excerpts in addition to the standard repertoire requirements: 2 contrasting pieces and 2 scales.
Fall Seating Auditions
All new and returning members of YPO must take a Fall (Seating) Audition to determine placement within the orchestra. For more information regarding Fall Seating Auditions, click here.
For information on how to report an absence, please click here.
Still have questions?
E-mail the YPO Manager, or call (617) 585-1128.