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Prep Large Ensemble Auditions

Large ensemble auditions for entrance and advancement within our program take place each May for the following academic year.

NEC Prep large ensembles consist of our Orchestras & Wind Ensembles, Youth Jazz Orchestra, Choruses, Youth Brass Ensemble, and Baroque Ensembles.

Click here to sign up for a Spring 2017 audition!

Spring (May) Large Ensemble Auditions

Each May, NEC Prep holds auditions for large ensemble acceptance/advancement for the following school year. Auditions for the 2017-2018 large ensembles will take place May 6-20, 2017. Auditions can be scheduled online beginning March 1st by clicking here.

For May audition types, audition dates, and repertoire requirements, please visit the Spring Auditions page.

Please note that current large ensemble members who are enrolled in Jr. MYWE, MYWE Concert Band, Sr. MYWE, Baroque Ensembles, YJO, and students who would like to advance to a higher level ensemble must reaudition each year. Students who are satisfied with their current placement need not re-audition.

Fall (September) Large Ensemble Auditions

Scheduling for large ensemble fall auditions begins on August 1st.

Seating Auditions

Seating auditions are for students who were placed in specific groups through the spring (May) large ensemble audition process. These auditions are an opportunity for students to play directly for the conductor of their assigned group and are also used to determine seating and part(s) assignments for the coming school year.

Most of our large ensembles require a fall seating audition and have specific audition requirements. However, not all large ensembles require one. To check if your group requires a seating audition or repertoire requirements, please visit the Fall Audition page.

Entrance Auditions

Entrance auditions are available for students who missed the Spring (May) large ensemble auditions on a space-availability basis only. To learn more about fall entrance audition opportunities, please contact the Preparatory School Office.

Audition Types by Instrument

Please note that each bullet point listed under each instrument is a different audition, and must be signed up for separately when signing up for auditions.

A note about orchestra auditions: NEC Prep has nine different orchestras. Orchestra auditions are general auditions and not for a specific group. Placement is determined by the student's performance in the audition, not by the student's age. However, students interested in auditioning for one of NEC Prep's senior most orchestras (YPO and YS), must prepare specific orchestral excerpts in addition to the standard audition repertoire requirements listed for their respective instruments. For more information about audition excerpts, click here.

Strings

Woodwinds

*Admission to NEC Prep orchestras is highly selective, particularly for woodwind players, as the number of openings is very limited. Because of this, we recommend that wind players also audition for our Wind, Baroque, and Chamber Music ensembles.

Brass

*Admission to NEC Prep orchestras is highly selective, particularly for brass players, as the number of openings is very limited. Because of this, we recommend that brass players also audition for our Wind, Baroque, Chamber Music, and Youth Brass ensembles.

Percussion

*Admission to NEC Prep orchestras is highly selective, particularly for percussion players, as the number of openings is very limited. Because of this, we recommend that percussion players also audition for our Wind Ensembles and Percussion Ensemble.

Guitar

Piano/Harpsichord

Voice

Please note that students in late middle school and early high school may be eligible for both chorus categories, depending on the current state of their physical voice development, interests, and time availability. For more information on this, please contact the Preparatory School office.

Jazz

Questions?

Not sure where to start? Please feel free to contact the NEC Prep staff during our office hours.