NEC PhilharmoniaAll students majoring in an orchestral instrument participate in NEC's orchestra program, under the leadership of Hugh Wolff, Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Director of Orchestras at NEC. David Loebel, as Associate Director of Orchestras, also conducts a large number of concerts each year. Donald Palma coaches the conductorless NEC Chamber Orchestra, with guest appearances by other faculty members.

As an orchestra member, you will have a full season of rehearsals, concerts, and reading sessions under conditions matching the professional orchestra world.

  • At least five public concerts per year, plus full opera productions—see recent repertoire on this page
  • Emphasis on learning a wide range of repertoire and styles
  • Sectionals led by Boston Symphony Orchestra musicians
  • Reading sessions with visiting BSO conductors

In addition to this core program, specialized ensembles provide additional playing opportunities for wind, brass, and percussion majors. Outside of your credit-bearing orchestra, you may also participate in the paid Lab Orchestra, where you will read scores under the direction of participants in NEC's orchestral conducting program.

Current students: Find audition schedules, ensemble audition information, and required orchestral excerpts here.


Visitors to NEC's Firestone Library may listen to recordings of these and other NEC concerts. Where indicated, tracks are available at NEC's Instant Encore channel as streams and downloads.

Hugh WolffConducted by Hugh Wolff

Hugh Wolff first visited NEC to conduct in Jordan Hall on October 3, 2007. In the spring of 2008 he was announced as NEC's Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Director of Orchestras, and has conducted roughly half of each year's orchestra concerts beginning with the 2008/2009 academic year.

Hugh Wolff conducted the NEC Philharmonia in Symphony Hall on April 7, 2010. This was the first time an NEC orchestra had performed in Symphony Hall since 1995, when Jordan Hall was closed for restoration. Listen to this concert at InstantEncore.

Adams Lollapalooza 2010-09-29 stream/download
Barber Cello Concerto 2012-04-18 stream/doownload
Music for a Scene from Shelley 2008-10-01
Serenade for Strings 2010-04-07 Symphony Hall stream/download
Violin Concerto with Hannah Choi 2010-11-03 stream/download
The Miraculous Mandarin Suite 2010-11-03 stream/download
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major 2012-02-08 stream/download
Beethoven Symphony No. 1 2009-11-04
Beethoven Symphony No. 3, "Eroica" 2010-04-28
Symphony No. 4 2010-09-29 stream/download
Symphony No. 7 2008-10-01
Roméo et Juliette 2008-10-22
Symphonie Fantastique 2010-09-29 stream/download
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique 2012-11-12 stream/download
Bernstein Overture to Candide 2009-04-01
Bernstein West Side Story: Symphonic Dances 2009-04-01
Borodin Polovtsian Dances 201304-24  stream/download
Brahms Serenade No. 1 2010-03-03
Brahms Symphony No. 1 2013-09-25 stream/download
Brahms Symphony No. 2 In D Major 2012-04-18 stream/doownload
Brahms Symphony No. 3 2009-09-30
Bruch Violin Concerto No. 2 2009-04-22
Carter Holiday Overture 2008-10-01
Debussy Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune 2012-10-03 stream/download
Concerto for Orchestra after Marco Polo 2013-09-25 stream/download
Dvorák Symphony No 5 2013-04-10 stream/download
Dvorák Symphony No. 6 2009-04-01
Gandolfi "The Nonsense" from The Garden of Cosmic Speculation 2009-01-29
Golijov Last Round 2012-11-12 stream/download 
Haydn Symphony No. 82 in C major "The Bear" 2013-03-11 stream/download
Symphony No. 86 in D Major 2009-01-29
Haydn Symphony No. 90 in C Major 2010-11-03 stream/download
Ives Symphony No. 2 2009-11-04
Janacek Jealousy 2012-10-03 stream/download
Kernis New Era Dance 2008-10-01
Mackey Lost and Found 2007-10-03
Mahler songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn 2011-11-30 stream/download
Mahler Symphony No. 1 (1889 Budapest) 2011-09-26 stream/download | watch
Mahler Symphony No. 3 2011-11-2 stream/download | watch
Messiaen Les Offrandes oubliées 2008-10-22
Mozart Symphony No. 35 in D Major, "Haffner" 20012-02-08 stream/download
Mozart Symphony No. 41 in C Major, "Jupiter" 2007-10-03
Nielsen Symphony No. 4, "The Inextinguishable" 2009-01-29
Prokofiev Sinfonia concertante 2010-04-28
Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances 2009-04-22
Ravel Alborado del gracioso 2010-04-28
Ravel Une barque sur l'ocean 2012-04-18 stream/download
Ravel Valses nobles et sentimentales 2009-04-22
Schumann Cello Concerto 2010-04-07 Symphony Hall stream/download
Schumann Symphony No. 1 "Spring" 2013-04-24 stream/download
Schumann Symphony No. 2 2008-10-22
Shorter Midnight in Carolotta's Hair, Flagships, Prometheus Unbound, Orbits, Forbidden Plan-it! 2009-10-24
Shostakovich Symphony No. 1 in F Minor 2012-02-08 stream/download
Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 2007-10-03
Shostakovich Symphony No. 6 2013-03-11 stream/download
Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 2010-04-07 Symphony Hall stream/download
Shostakovich Symphony No. 11 2014-04-23 Symphony Hall stream/download | watch
Sibelius En saga 2012-10-03 stream/download
Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra 2012-10-03 stream/download
 Don Juan 2011-09-26 stream/download
Stravinsky Rite of Spring 2009-09-30
Stravinsky Rite of Spring 2013-04-24 stream/download
Wagner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg 2012-11-12 stream/download
Walton Concerto for Viola 2013-03-11 stream/download
Walton Portsmouth Point 2010-03-03
Walton Violin Concerto 2010-03-03


David LoebelConducted by David Loebel

David Loebel has visited NEC to conduct on an annual basis since the 2004/2005 academic year. Following an 11-year tenure as music director of the Memphis Symphony, Loebel has been named Associate Director of Orchestras at NEC, effective fall 2010.

Barber Symphony No. 1 2008-02-04
Bartók Concerto for Piano No. 2  2013-02-13 stream/download
Dance Suite for Orchestra 2012-11-14 stream/download
Beethoven Symphony no 2 in D major 2012-11-14 stream/download
Berlioz Béatrice et Bénédict Overture 2012-03-07 stream/download
Berwald Konzertstück for bassoon and orchestra 2013-03-13 stream/download
Berlioz Chasse Royale et Orage 2013-10-09 stream/download
Berlioz Le Corsaire 2006-11-29
Bernstein Candide 2012-11-27 stream/download
Brahms Hyperions Schicksalslied 2010-10-22 stream/download
Nänie 2010-10-22 stream/download
Brahms Symphony No. 2 2008-02-04
Chadwick Symphonic Sketches: Jubilee 2010-10-22 stream/download
Chopin/Stravinsky Grande valse brilliante 2007-02-12
Chopin/Stravinsky Nocturne in A-flat 2007-02-12
Copland Billy the Kid: Suite 2012-11-14 stream/download
Copland Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes 2013-03-13 stream/download
Debussy Images for Orchestra 2012-03-07 stream/download
Dohnányi Suite for Orchestra in F sharp minor "Suite romantique" 2013-02-13 stream/download
Dvorák Carnival Overture 2006-04-26
Elgar Concerto for Cello in E minor 2012-11-27 stream/download
Elgar Variations on an Original Theme 2010-10-22 stream/download
Franck Symphonic Variations 2007-02-12
Haydn Symphony No. 102 2013-10-09 stream/download
Ives New England Holidays 2012-12-05 stream/download
Ives/Monod Central Park in the Dark 2005-03-16
Ives/Porter Emerson Concerto for Piano and Orchestra 2005-03-16
Ives/Sinclair Three Places in New England 2005-03-16
Ives The Unanswered Question 2005-03-16
Ives/Schuman Variations on "America" 2005-03-16
Kodály Dances of Galánta 2013-02-13 stream/download
Mahler Symphony No. 4 2011-11-9 stream/download
Mahler Symphony No. 10 2011-12-7 stream/download
L'Ascension 2011-11-9 stream/download
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1 2006-04-26
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 2006-11-29
Ravel La Valse 2013-03-13 stream/download
Ravel Mother Goose Suite 2006-11-29
Respighi Fountains of Rome 2013-10-09 stream/download
Rossini Overture to William Tell 2013-10-09 stream/download
Schoenberg Pieces (5) for Orchestra 2011-12-7 stream/download
Schubert Symphony in B Minor "Unfinished" 2012-2-1 stream/download
Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5 in E Minor 2012-02-1 stream/download
Schumann Symphony No. 1, "Spring" 2006-04-26
Sibelius Symphony No. 7 in C major 2012-12-05 stream/download
Strauss Rosenkavalier Suite 2011-12-7
Strauss Tod und Verklärung "Death and Transfiguration" 2013-03-13 stream/download
Stravinsky Greeting Prelude 2007-02-12
Stravinsky Quatre études 2007-02-12
Stravinsky Symphony in Three Movements 2007-02-12
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 in B minor "Pathétique" 2012-11-27 stream/download
Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5 in E Minor 2012-02-1 stream/download
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto 2012-03-07 stream/download
Thomas Shakin' (Homage to Elvis Presley) 2008-02-04

BSO logoConducted by
BSO assistant conductors

Since the 1990s, Boston Symphony Orchestra assistant conductors have been frequent guests at NEC, leading concerts by student orchestras.

NEC orchestras have also been invited on several occasions to be part of the BSO's assistant conductor audition process, serving as one of the orchestras for applicants.

Bartók Concerto for Orchestra 2007-12-12 Shi-Yeon Sung
Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta 2010-02-10 Julian Kuerti
Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral" 2006-02-13 Ludovic Morlot
Beethoven Symphony No. 8 2007-12-12 Shi-Yeon Sung
Brahms Symphony No. 1 2006-04-05 Ludovic Morlot
Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 2010-02-10 Julian Kuerti
Copland Inscape 2006-04-05 Ludovic Morlot
Grieg Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 2007-12-12 Shi-Yeon Sung
Harbison The Most Often Used Chords 2009-04-07 Julian Kuerti
Haydn Symphony No. 95 2004-10-20 Ludovic Morlot
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 25 2006-04-05 Ludovic Morlot
Prokofiev Symphony No. 5 2009-04-07 Julian Kuerti
Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini 2009-04-07 Julian Kuerti
Shostakovich Symphony No. 1 2004-10-20 Ludovic Morlot
Sibelius Symphony No. 4 2006-02-13 Ludovic Morlot
Stravinsky The Song of the Nightingale 2004-10-20 Ludovic Morlot
Stravinsky Symphonies of Wind Instruments 2010-02-10 Julian Kuerti

Other guest conductors

Guest conductors from near and far expose students to a variety of conducting styles and approaches to repertoire.

Baker Shadows: Four Dirge-Nocturnes (1990) 2011-11-16 Paul Biss stream/download 
 Overture to The School for Scandal 2005-04-13 Fabio Mechetti
Barber Symphony No. 1 2012-10-24 Jefferey Kahane stream/download
Concerto for Orchestra 2004-04-07 Larry Rachleff
Bartók Viola Concerto 2008-11-05 Benjamin Zander
Beethoven Overture to Leonore no. 1 in C major 2011-11-18 Matthew Szymanski
Beethoven Overture to Prometheus 2007-11-06 Mischa Santora
Symphony No. 3 2007-10-12 Robert Spano reading session
Beethoven Symphony No. 5 (Mahler Retouch) 2011-11-30 Ken Schaphorst stream/download
Beethoven Symphony No.6 2011-10-26 Lehninger stream/download
Symphony No. 7 2007-11-09 Gustavo Dudamel reading session
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique 2008-02-06 Guillermo Figueroa
Symphonie fantastique 2009-11-12 Fabio Luisi reading session
Brahms Symphony No. 1 2008-11-05 Benjamin Zander
Brahms Tragic Overture 2008-12-10 David Alan Miller
Piano Concerto No. 1 2004-04-07 Larry Rachleff
Britten Sinfonia da requiem 2010-03-10 Benjamin Zander
Britten Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes 2004-12-01 Andrea Quinn
Bruckner Symphony No. 5 2010-03-10 Benjamin Zander
Copland Appalachian Spring 2004-10-27 Larry Rachleff
Lincoln Portrait 2007-10-27 Larry Rachleff
Debussy Fetes from Three Nocturnes 2011-11-14 Steven Karidoyanes
Debussy La Mer 2004-10-27 Larry Rachleff
La Mer 2007-11-06 Mischa Santora
Nocturnes: Nuages and Fêtes 2009-10-07 Christopher Wilkins
Dvorak Symphony No. 9 2010-10-06 Tito Muñoz stream/download
Dvorak Scherzo Capriccioso 2010-10-26 Mei-Ann Chen stream/download
Elgar Enigma Variations: Nimrod 2009-11-18 Benjamin Zander
Fine Toccata concertante 2009-10-07 Christopher Wilkins
Golijov Last Round 2010-11-18 Carlos Kalmar
Golijov Sidereus 2010-10-26 Mei-Ann Chen stream/download
Gould Spirituals 2011-10-12 Yan Pascal Tortelier stream/download
Grieg Piano concerto in A Minor 2011-11-14 Steven Karidoyanes
Symphony No. 88, G major 2011-10-26 Lehninger stream/download
Haydn Trumpet Concerto 2005-04-13 Fabio Mechetti
Hindemith Mathis der Maler 2007-02-07 Benjamin Zander
Holst The Planets 2007-11-06 Mischa Santora
Lutoslawski Concerto for Orchestra 2010-11-18 Carlos Kalmar
Lutoslawski Symphony No. 4 2012-10-24 Jefferey Kahane stream/download
Mahler Rückert-Lieder (5) 2011-11-30 Ken Schaphorst stream/download
Mahler Symphony No. 4 2007-02-07 Benjamin Zander
Mahler Symphony No. 5 2005-10-29 Benjamin Zander
Mahler Symphony No. 9 2008-04-16 Benjamin Zander
Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night's Dream 2010-03-15 Raphael Frühbeck de Burgos reading session
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 in A minor “Scottish” 2011-11-18 Matthew Szymanski
Mozart Concerto for Piano no 22 in E flat major 2012-10-24 Jefferey Kahane stream/download
Mozart Overture to Die Zauberflöte 2011-10-26 Lehninger stream/download
Mozart Symphony No. 40 2010-11-18 Carlos Kalmar
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 2011-10-12 Yan Pascal Tortelier stream/download
Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet (Excerpts) 2011-11-16 Paul Biss stream/download
 Violin Concerto No. 1 2011-11-14 Steven Karidoyanes
Ravel Rapsodie espagnole 2011-10-12 Yan Pascal Tortelier stream/download
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade 2007-10-22 JoAnn Falletta
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade 2010-03-15 Raphael Frühbeck de Burgos reading session
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade 2010-10-26 Mei-Ann Chen stream/download
Rossini Overture to La Cenerentola 2007-10-22 JoAnn Falletta
Schumann Piano Concerto 2004-12-01 Andrea Quinn
Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 - last movement 2007-10-27 Larry Rachleff
Sibelius Symphony No. 2 2004-12-01 Andrea Quinn
Sibelius Symphony No. 2 2009-10-07 Christopher Wilkins
Sierra Fandangos 2008-02-06 Guillermo Figueroa
J. Strauss Symphonic Fantasy from Die Frau ohne Schatten 2007-10-22 JoAnn Falletta
J. Strauss
Emperor Waltz 2005-10-29 Benjamin Zander
R. Strauss Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks 2008-11-05
Stravinsky Pétrouchka 2010-10-06 Tito Muñoz stream/download
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 2005-04-13 Fabio Mechetti
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 2008-02-06 Guillermo Figueroa
Tsontakis Mirologhia for percussion solo and orchestra 2008-12-10 David Alan Miller
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis 2004-10-27 Larry Rachleff
Walton Symphony No. 1 2008-12-10 David Alan Miller
Weber Overture to Oberon 2011-11-16 Paul Biss stream/download 

NEC's conductorless orchestra

The NEC Chamber Orchestra, NEC’s conductorless orchestra, was founded in 2000 by double bassist Donald Palma, a founding member of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Palma’s coaching is supplemented by other members of the NEC faculty: Paul Katz, Roger Tapping, Hugh Wolff.

Music of the classical orchestra era by Handel, Haydn, and Mozart is at the core of virtually every program, along with an occasional baroque work and modern works for chamber orchestra.

In the past five seasons, this has included Handel Concerti grossi Nos. 8, 10, 11, 12; Haydn Symphonies No. 6, "Le matin,” No. 22, "The Philosopher," No. 44, "Trauer-Symphonie," No. 80, No. 88, Cello Concerto; Mozart Serenade No. 6 in D Major, K. 239, "Serenata notturna," Sinfonia concertante K.297b and K. 364 (320d), Symphonies No. 29 and No. 33, Violin Concerto No. 3.

Other repertoire performed from 2005 to present

Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 2009-04-15
Bartók Divertimento 2008-11-12
Beethoven/Mahler Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95, "Serioso" 2009-04-15
Beethoven Grosse Fuge, Op. 133 2009-02-25
Johannes Berauer Three movements for string orchestra 2007-04-11
Britten Simple Symphony 2008-10-07
Britten Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge 2006-04-10
Dvořák Serenade in E Major 2008-10-07
Dvořák Serenade in E Major 2012-11-28 stream/download
Elgar Serenade in E Minor 2005-10-19
Elgar Introduction and Allegro 2006-11-15
Ginastera Concerto for Strings 2009-11-16
Grieg Holberg Suite 2008-11-12
Handel Concerto Grosso  No. 2 2012-04-25 stream/download
Concerti Grossi No. 8 in C minor 2012-10-31 stream/download
Symphony No. 44 in E minor "Trauer" 2012-11-28 stream/download
Henze Fantasia from the film Young Törless 2007-11-14
Higdon Blue Cathedral 2013-02-12 James Sommerville stream/download
Kodály Hungarian Rondo 2008-02-27
Larsson Concertino for double bass 2007-04-11
Mahler Suite for Orchestra 2011-11-17 
Martin Etudes for String Orchestra 2007-10-10
Mendelssohn Concerto for Violin in E minor 2013-03-06 Paul Biss stream/download
Mendelssohn Sinfonia No. 8 2006-10-11
Mendelssohn Sinfonia No. 12 2009-10-14
Mozart Divertimento for Oboe, 2 Horns and Strings No. 11 2013-02-27 stream/download
Mozart Sinfonia concertante in E-flat Major 2012-04-25 stream/download
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition 2013-02-12 James Sommerville stream/download
Piazzolla The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires 2009-11-16
Prokofiev Symphony No. 1, "Classical" 2005-11-20
Ravel Concerto for Piano in G major 2013-02-12 James Sommerville stream/download
Rossini Overture to "La Scala di seta" 2005-11-20
Rouse The Infernal Machine 2013-03-06 Paul Biss stream/download
Schoenberg Chamber Symphony No. 2 2008-02-27
Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht 2007-04-11, 2010-04-14
Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht 2013-02-27 stream/download
Schreker Intermezzo and Scherzo 2010-02-24
Schubert/Mahler Death and the Maiden 2009-04-15
Schubert String Quartet No. 14, "Death and the Maiden" 2011-11-17 
Schubert Symphony No. 5 2008-02-27
Shostakovich Chamber Symphony in C minor 2012-11-28 stream/download
Shostakovich/Barshai Chamber Symphony Op. 110a 2009-10-14
Shostakovich/Barshai Chamber Symphony Op. 118a 2008-04-09
Sibelius Rakastava, "The Lover" 2009-02-25
Sibelius Valse Triste 2005-11-20
Strauss Sextet from Capriccio 2010-04-14
Stravinsky Concerto for String Orchestra in D major 2012-10-31 stream/download
Stravinsky Pulcinella 2010-01-28
Stravinsky Concerto in D for string orchestra 2007-02-28
Josef Suk Serenade in E-flat Major 2007-11-14
Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings in C major 2012-10-31 stream/download
Tchaikovsky Serenade in C Major 2007-10-10
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 in B minor "Pathétique" 2013-03-06 Paul Biss stream/download
Veress Four Transylvanian Dances 2013-02-27 stream/download
Veress Musica concertante 2006-11-15
Walton Sonata for Strings 2012-04-25 stream/download