NEC Summer Session 2014

NEC Festival Youth Orchestra 15th Season

Monday-Friday, July 7–25 (three weeks)
Final Concert: July 25 at 7:30 pm, NEC's Jordan Hall

Ben Bolter, Guest Conductor 
Meghan Carye,
Program Director
Kristian Baverstam, Head of Winds & Brass
Bill Johnson, Violin
Merrick Nelson, Viola
Mary Auner, Cello
Irving Steinberg, Bass
Alexei Doohovskoy, Trombone 
Pierson Wetzel, Trumpet
Kristen Sienkiewicz, Horn
Timur Rubenshteyn, Percussion

FYO is a three-week full symphony orchestra program open to intermediate to advanced-level strings, brass, winds, and percussion between the age of 13-18. Hear what NEC’s instructors and coaches say about the summer Festival Youth Orchestra!

BEN BOLTER RETURNS TO FYO! NEC is thrilled to announce Ben Bolter, former FYO faculty, will be returning to the podium leading Festival Youth Orchestra in their 15th Season. With a background as a player in NEC’s Preparatory School and College orchestras, Ben first appeared as a conductor with the National Symphony Orchestra, and is currently Director of Orchestras at Chicago's Merit School of Music. Ben Bolter's bio

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 Orchestra concert in NEC's historic Jordan Hall

Anticipated Repertoire for 2014 (subject to change)

  • Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
  • Rossini: William Tell Overture
  • Vaughn Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
  • Dvorak: Symphony No. 8

Click here to see what FYO has performed in previous years

Audition Information

Live Audition Dates:

  • January 25
  • February 22
  • March 29
  • April 26

Live auditions OR video submissions via YouTube or DVD are required. Auditions should include a 5‐10 minute video format of a fast/contrasting slow movement or etude with this completed application form. To audition via YouTube, please include a direct link to the video with the completed Application Form. To schedule a live audition, please contact Meghan Carye at

DVD submissions should be mailed to:

Festival Youth Orchestra
c/o Continuing Education
290 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Audition materials will not be returned. Applicants must be admitted into the orchestra before registering online.

Why parents love FYO

"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 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 your leadership and warm support of the students who participated in this summer's Festival Youth Orchestra at the 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."


Tuition: $1875
Early-bird registration: $1575 if registered before March 1.
Multi-sibling discount:
$300 per additional sibling
Registration Fee: $40

To download the Application Form, click here.

We have an optional payment plan available for FYO students. The plan allows tuition to be paid in four installments as scheduled below:

Due at registration: $150 (*plus $40 registration fee)

The remaining tuition is evenly distributed between the following three scheduled installments:

March 1
April 1
May 1

A credit card must be filed at the time of registration and will automatically be charged on each installment date. The payment plan fee is $10 and is due at the time of registration.

FYO Refund Policy
*Full refund if withdrawn more than 90 days before program begins
*75% refund if withdrawn 90-61 days before program begins
*50% refund if withdrawn 60-46 days before program begins
*25% refund if withdrawn 45-31 days before program begins
*No refund if withdrawn 30 days of fewer before program begins

At this time, NEC is unable to offer housing for students of this program.

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 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.

FYO Sample Schedule

8:30am Arrival, warm up & Individual Practice

9:00 Sectionals

10:00 Break

10:15 Orchestra rehearsal

12:30pm Lunch

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

2:15 Orchestra rehearsal

3:15 Reflection and wrap-up with faculty

3:30 Dismissal