OrchestralChoral | Wind Ensemble

General Requirements

All conducting applicants must submit a prescreening video recording by December 1 showing the applicant conducting a live ensemble as outlined below. Please refer to the recording guidelines section of our general Audition Requirements page for information. Video recordings must be uploaded as part of our online application at DecisionDesk.

  • The video should show the applicant’s recent work and the applicant's face and upper body should be clearly visible. (Do not submit videos showing only the applicant's back.)
  • Please include the applicant’s name, ensemble conducted, date recorded, and repertoire performed.
  • Please submit separate video files for each work or excerpt.
  • The video and audio must be well synchronized.

Note: To be eligible for a live audition invitation, conducting applicants who are not native speakers of English must submit an official TOEFL score report showing a passing score of 79 iBT by December 1. Please see our English Language Requirement page for more information.

Orchestral

The prescreening submission should be between 15 and 30 minutes in length and include at least three works (or excerpts of works) in contrasting styles.

  • At least one work should be from the standard repertoire.
  • The video must show both rehearsal and performance of at least one of the three works (or excerpts).

Selected applicants will be invited to NEC for an audition in front of a live orchestra and an examination and interview with Hugh Wolff. Repertoire for this audition will be determined at least one month prior to the audition day.

(More on the Orchestral Conducting major)

Audition Dates

Choral

The prescreening submission should be between 15 and 20 minutes in length and should include both rehearsal and performance footage in which the applicant is visible.

  • The rehearsal footage must show a frontal view of the applicant and should feature a piece that is in the beginning stages of the rehearsal process.
  • The performance footage must also show a frontal view of the applicant and should feature two works of differing styles. Neither of the performance pieces need be the rehearsal piece.

Selected applicants will be invited to NEC for an audition in front of one of the NEC Choral Department's ensembles, and an interview and examination with Erica Washburn. Repertoire for this audition, a seating chart for the ensemble, and interview/examination materials will be provided at least one month prior to the audition.

(More on the Choral Conducting major)

Audition Dates

Wind Ensemble

The prescreening submission should be between 15 and 20 minutes in length and should include both rehearsal and performance footage in which the applicant is visible.

  • All of the rehearsal footage should show a frontal view of the applicant; performance footage should also include a frontal view of the applicant.
  • At least one work should be from the common practice period (1600-1900) OR a 20th-century work written employing the common practice period use of tonality and musical rhetoric.

After review, selected applicants will be invited to NEC for an examination and interview with faculty, and will audition in front of a live ensemble.

(More on the Wind Ensemble Conducting major)

Audition Dates

2014-06-11


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