Aldo Abreu, Director

This small ensemble is open by audition to upper intermediate players. This orchestra specializes in virtuoso music from the Baroque period (1600 – 1750), and features the works of Vivaldi, Bach, Corelli, Telemann, and Marcello among others. The Baroque Chamber Orchestra also participates in several masterclasses with renowned guest artists who specialize in Baroque music. Prior guest artists have included Martin Pearlman of Boston Baroque, violinist Christopher Verrette of Tafelmusik, cellist Phoebe Carrai, harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper, violist Joan Ellersick, and cellist Dan Ryan of Musicians of the Old Post Road. Additionally, members of this group are able to audition for the opportunity to perform a Baroque concerto with the orchestra. 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: Saturdays, 8am - 10am, Carr Organ Room

Audition Information

The NEC Prep Baroque Ensembles hold auditions each May for the following academic year. Baroque Ensemble auditions are not held for 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

For audition requirements, click here.

2016-2017 Calendar

17           BCO rehearsals begin
24           BCO rehearsal

1             BCO rehearsal
8             BCO rehearsal
15           BCO rehearsal
22           BCO rehearsal
29           BCO rehearsal

5             BCO rehearsal
12           BCO rehearsal
19           BCO rehearsal

26           NO BCO rehearsal – Thanksgiving Break

3              BCO rehearsal
10           BCO rehearsal
17           BCO rehearsal
24           NO BCO rehearsal – Winter Break
31           NO BCO rehearsal – Winter Break

7              BCO rehearsal
14           BCO rehearsal
21           BCO rehearsal
22           BCO Concert, 11:30am, Williams Hall
28           BCO rehearsal

4             BCO rehearsal
11           BCO rehearsal
18           NO BCO rehearsal – February Break
25           BCO rehearsal

4             BCO rehearsal
11           NO BCO rehearsal – Spring Break
18           BCO rehearsal
25           BCO rehearsal

1             BCO rehearsal
8             BCO rehearsal
15           BCO rehearsal
22           BCO rehearsal
29           BCO rehearsal

6             BCO rehearsal
13           BCO rehearsal
20           BCO rehearsal
24           BCO Concert, 7pm, Williams Hall


Absence Requests

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

Still have questions?

E-mail the Preparatory School Office at or call (617) 585-1160.