Our chamber music ensembles run on a full academic year schedule. Auditions for our 16-17 Chamber Music Program take place in August and September. Audition sign-ups will be available online. If there are any questions regarding scheduling, please contact the Prep Office at (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.

Audition Requirements

Students should prepare two (2) contrasting pieces of solo repertoire for the audition.

Auditions will take place on September 10-11, 2016. These auditions will be scheduled beginning in August. For more information, please contact Cassandra McBride, Program Manager.

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 alongside 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.

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