Due to onsite construction FYO Summer Session 2017 will not be running.
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FYO Summer Session 2016

A full symphony orchestra program for intermediate-advanced players ages 13–18

  • One intensive 3-week session, 8:30am–3:30pm daily
  • Full-time faculty lead ensemble and individual coaching
  • String, woodwind, brass and percussion coaches
  • Chamber music coaching and reading rehearsals
  • Daily sectionals with coaches and full orchestra rehearsals
  • Final concert in NEC's historic Jordan Hall

Click here to see what FYO has performed in previous years.

Instrumental Program

This three-week full symphony orchestra program is open to intermediate to advanced-level strings, brass, winds, piano, and percussion between the age of 13-18. Daily activities include full orchestral rehearsals, sectional rehearsals, chamber music reading/coaching sessions, masterclasses, mock auditions, group reflections on progress, individual practice time, and a final orchestral concert in NEC's historic Jordan Hall. The Festival Youth Orchestra (FYO) experience emphasizes intensive musical preparation, with special focus on concentration, practice and performance techniques, interpretation, phrasing, and general musicianship. Students will also develop useful communication skills as a result of their musical collaborations, learning the joy of music making while developing lasting friendships. Off-campus lunch trips are scheduled throughout the three-week session.

FYO faculty are experienced performers and educators from the Boston metropolitan area with credentials from the leading conservatories and music schools throughout the US. Past faculty included experienced specialists in violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, clarinet, bassoon, oboe, trumpet, trombone, horn, and percussion. Please note that FYO faculty do not offer private lessons but sectional coaching to support learning FYO repertoire.

Applicants must be admitted before registering online. Please contact fyo@necmusic.edu regarding any questions.

If you have been accepted into FYO, please register online through the School of Continuing Education. Registration for summer is now open.

Why Parents Love FYO

"Thank you so much for creating a program that has done so much for my daughter. She came out of the experience this year with increased confidence in her gifts and a greater capacity for hard work, as well as a thicker skin; all great things to carry with her, in both music and the rest of her life."

"Thank you for the ravishing concert Friday night. I was on the edge of my seat, not only because I was nervous for my kid, but because the music was so exciting I couldn't wait to hear what would happen next. I think it was the best concert of the four I've had the pleasure to hear."

"Thank you for your leadership and warm support of the students who participated in this summer's Festival Youth Orchestra at New England Conservatory. Our daughter had a wonderful and positive learning experience that added real dimension to her musical understanding, and that she will take with her as she continues to develop musically. We traveled to Boston from California this summer to participate in FYO. Based on our experience, FYO provides a unique experience in its 3-week, intensive, daytime program, located in the midst of a rich urban area and hosted by the renowned and established NEC. We were pleased with the challenging musical repertoire, the instruction provided by the apprentices/coaches and staff, and the organization and thoughtful variety in the daily schedule. Our daughter seemed to enjoy each and every day. The incredible venue of Jordan Hall capped off the session with the students' final performance on Friday evening. We came to Boston not knowing exactly what to expect; we will be leaving with appreciation and respect for the NEC FYO program."

FYO Sample Daily Schedule

8:30 am Arrival, warm up & Individual Practice

9:00 am Sectionals

10:00 am Break

10:15 am Orchestra rehearsal

12:30 pm Lunch

1:15 pm Rotating Activities: sectionals, mock auditions, masterclasses, chamber music coaching, listening sessions.

2:15 pm Orchestra rehearsal

3:15 pm Reflection and wrap-up with faculty

3:30 pm Dismissal