Sarah Houghton, Director

This integrated program offers three choruses for a range of age levels. The program is designed to supplement NEC's early instrumental studies and theory program, as well as teach early-to-advanced choral singing technique.

The ages listed are guidelines. Each child will have an individual meeting with the director for appropriate placement in the program. Placement auditions are scheduled in May and September.

Jordan Hall Concerts:
Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 1pm

Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 2pm

Children’s Chorus

Open to singers, ages 10–14, by audition. An advanced ensemble which collaborates with musical ensembles throughout the Boston area. Qualified students may also be recommended for the Chamber Chorus.

In January 2009, the NEC Children's Chorus participated in a residency with composer William Bolcom as part of "Today's Youth Perform Today's Music." In this video clip from YouTube, this lively collection of youths perform Bolcom's Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise to the delight of all in attendance.

Rehearsals—Saturday, 9am-10am

Chamber Chorus

Open to singers, ages 12-14, who qualify for Children’s Chorus. An advanced choral ensemble which sings treble repertoire in up to 4 parts.

Rehearsals—Saturday, 10:15am-11:45am

Preparatory Chorus

Open to singers, ages 7–10. Geared toward teaching fundamental elements of music. Children work with recognition of pitch and basic musical symbols, exploration of the differences between speaking and singing voices, and concepts of posture, breath control, and diction.

Rehearsals—Saturday, 8am-8:45am

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. To sign up for a May audition, click here. For those admitted into the choral program, placements auditions are held in early September.  Additional entrance auditions may be held in the Fall, 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.

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.
  • Scan and e-mail to the Student Chorus Manager
  • Fax your form to (617) 585-1135 attn: Children's Chorus
  • Mail to: NEC Preparatory School attn: Children's Chorus, 290, Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 02115-5018

You may also email a letter of request to Children's Chorus student manager..

NOTE: You will receive an email from the Children's Chorus manager when your absence has been approved.

Still have questions?

  1. E-mail the Student Chorus Manager or Peter Bianca, Concert Ensemble Manager or call (617) 585-1128.


Video of NEC Children's Chorus performing William Bolcom's "Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise," conducted by Matti Kovler, courtesy Youtube channel mkuznet.