For information about our Chamber Music offerings by instrument, please choose from the following options:

String Chamber Music & Duo

Piano Chamber Music & Duo

Woodwind and Brass Chamber Music

Our Chamber Music ensembles run on a full academic year schedule.

To learn more about our chamber music program, please contact Laura Blustein, Department Chair of Chamber Music at


Auditions for our Chamber Music program take place each September. To schedule an audition time for the 2014-2015 school year, please contact the Prep office in August 2014 by e-mailing or calling (617) 585-1160.

Please note that the NEC Prep Chamber Music audition committee tries their best to place all students who audition into chamber groups. However, appropriate chamber groups are only formed if other students of similar age, skill level, and Saturday time availability audition.

2014-15 Audition Scheduling

Auditions for our 2014-15 Chamber Music program will take place in September 2014 on the dates and times listed below. To schedule an audition time, please contact the Prep office at with your availability based off of the times listed below and the following information.

Student Full Name:
Age as of September 6, 2014:
Contact Person:
Contact Phone:
Contact E-mail:
How many years has the student been playing? Or is this student a beginner?

Please note that scheduling for these September auditions fills up quite quickly, so your time preference may not be available. In order to ensure that these auditions will fit your schedule, please contact us as soon as possible.

String/Piano Chamber Music and Piano Duo Auditions

  • Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 8:30am-5pm
  • Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 9:30am-4pm

Woodwind Chamber Music Auditions

  • Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 9am-1:30pm

Brass Chamber Music Auditions

  • Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 10am-12pm

Vocal Chamber Music Auditions

  • Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 1-4pm

Audition Requirements

2 contrasting pieces of solo repertoire.

Audition Scheduling

More about Chamber Music

The NEC Preparatory School offers chamber ensembles for string, wind, brass, and piano players ages 8-18, in both classical and jazz. Chamber music at NEC connects young musicians together based on the common interest of their love of music, and is an excellent complement to instrumental education alongisde private lessons and large ensembles.

NEC Prep chamber music is a place where students join in learning some of the most powerful pieces in the repertoire. It demands a high level of artistic exploration, creativity, and expression from each member. Students have the opportunity to:

  • Share musical opinions and ways to interpret their scores.  Motivated by their peers, they mature into deeper levels of musicianship.
  • Develop sensitive listening while playing
  • Develop practice and rehearsal techniques
  • Gain independence

Playing chamber music is a great way to meet new friends and fellow musicians. Some of our NEC Prep chamber groups play together for years. Their friendships grow and it is a huge part of their lives.

Each group is coached by a highly experienced teacher and performer who has a passion for chamber music and loves to work with young musicians.

Groups receive 28 coaching sessions and may have the opportunity to play in and attend master classes given by distinguished chamber music faculty from the NEC college and other outstanding visiting chamber music artists.