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

Fall Seating Auditions

Seating auditions: August 29-30, 2015

Seating audition requirement:   Students should prepare two constrasting solos or two constrasting movements from the same work.

 

2015-2016 Calendar

SEPTEMBER           
12     BCO rehearsals begin   
19     BCO rehearsal
26    BCO rehearsal


OCTOBER
3       BCO rehearsal.
10     BCO rehearsal
17      BCO rehearsal
24     BCO rehearsal
31     BCO rehearsal


NOVEMBER
7      BCO rehearsal
14    BCO rehearsal
21    BCO rehearsal
28    NO BCO REHEARSAL
       HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

DECEMBER
5      BCO rehearsal
12    BCO rehearsal
19    BCO rehearsal

DEC 20-JAN 8
NO BCO REHEARSAL

JANUARY   
9        BCO rehearsal
16       BCO rehearsal
23       BCO rehearsal
30      BCO rehearsal
31      BCO Concert
Baroque Ensembles Concert
    11am in Williams Hall
    Call times TBA

FEBRUARY
6       BCO rehearsal
13      NO BCO REHEARSAL
20      BCO rehearsal       
27     BCO rehearsal

MARCH
5       BCO rehearsal
12      NO BCO REHEARSAL
19      BCO rehearsal
26      BCO rehearsal

APRIL
2      BCO rehearsal
9      BCO rehearsal
16     BCO rehearsal
23     BCO rehearsal
30    BCO rehearsal

MAY
8-20     Large Ensemble Auditions
7       BCO rehearsal
14     BCO rehearsal
21     BCO rehearsal
25     BCO Concert
Baroque Ensembles Concert
    7pm in Williams Hall
Call times TBA

 

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 prep@necmusic.edu.

For audition requirements, click here.

Absence Requests

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

Still have questions?

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

2014-08-07


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