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.

Preparatory Chorus

Open to singers, ages 6-9, with little or no former experience, by placement audition. Students build a foundation of healthy vocal production and aural skills, through developmentally-appropriate vocal activities and repertoire. Students perform in two concerts yearly in Jordan Hall. Students must have text-reading ability. For rehearsal information, click here.

Rehearsals: Saturday, 8:00 - 8:45 AM

Children’s Chorus

Open to singers, ages 8-12, by placement audition. Instruction in CC emphasizes healthy vocal quality, musicianship, and notation- and score-reading skills. Students sing unison and 2-part repertoire in a variety of styles and languages, and perform two concerts yearly in Jordan Hall. For rehearsal information, click here.

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 students perform Bolcom's Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise to the delight of all in attendance.

Rehearsals: Saturday, 9:00 - 10:00 AM

Chamber Chorus

Open to singers, ages 10-14, with unchanged treble voices, by audition. This group is an advanced ensemble, which collaborates with musical ensembles throughout the Boston area. Students should have notation- and score-reading ability. Students perform 2-, 3-, and 4-part traditional and contemporary choral literature in many styles and languages, and perform in a minimum of two concerts in Jordan Hall yearly. For rehearsal information, click here.

Rehearsals: Saturday, 10:15 - 11:45 AM

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. Once the spring audition season has concluded, any interested new students can audition on September 10, 2016. To schedule a Fall 2016 audition, please contact the Prep Office at or 617-585-1160 for further information.

For audition requirements, click here.

Absence Requests

Please submit an Absence Request Form to the Children's Choruses Student 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. 
  • Fax your form to (617) 585-1135 attn: Children's Choruses
  • Mail to: NEC Preparatory School attn: Children's Choruses, 290 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115-5018

You may also email a letter of request to Children's Choruses Student Manager.

NOTE: You will receive an email from the Children's Choruses Student Manager when your absence has been approved.

Still have questions?

Please contact Cassandra McBride, Program Manager or call the Prep Office at 617-585-1160.