Prep AuditionsNEC Prep holds auditions for large ensemble acceptance/advancement for the following school year in May each year. Auditions can be scheduled online beginning March 1st by clicking here.

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 the current placement need not re-audition.

Click here to sign up for a Spring 2017 audition!

Audition Dates

Auditions for the 2017-2018 large ensembles will take place May 6-20, 2017. Auditions can be scheduled online beginning March 1st.

*Please note that when scheduling an audition, if one of the below dates is unavailable for your selection, then that date is full for your audition type. This list will be updated if new audition days are added.

*Please note that percussion students interested in auditioning for Orchestra or Wind Ensemble should sign up for a Prep Percussion audition.

Baroque Ensembles
Sunday, May 7
Wednesday, May 17

Children's Choruses
Saturday, May 6
Saturday, May 13

CI A Cappella
Saturday, May 20

Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble (MYWE) (grades 6-12)
Sunday, May 7
Friday, May 12
Saturday, May 13

Orchestra (Harp)
Saturday, May 20

Orchestra (Strings)
Sunday, May 7
Tuesday, May 9
Wednesday, May 10
Thursday, May 11
Friday, May 12
Tuesday, May 16
Wednesday, May 17

Orchestra (Woodwinds & Brass)
Sunday, May 7
Thursday, May 11
Friday, May 12
Tuesday, May 16

Percussion
Saturday, May 13
Saturday, May 20

Youth Chorale & Young Women’s Chorale
Sunday, May 7
Saturday, May 20

Youth Jazz Orchestra
Saturday, May 13
Wednesday, May 17

Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (YPO) Callbacks
Thursday, May 18
Saturday, May 20

Audition Repertoire

Audition repertoire can vary by instrument and audition type. For audition repertoire requirements, click here.

Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (YPO) Auditions/Invitations

YPO is one of NEC Prep's senior-most orchestras. Students who are interested in auditioning for YPO will have to prepare excerpts in addition to normal repertoire requirements. Those excerpts can be found here: Senior Orchestra Excerpts. For normal audition repertoire requirements, click here.

Students new to the NEC Prep orchestra auditions will be considered for YPO through their general orchestra audition.

Students currently in our Youth Symphony, are automatically eligible for a YPO callback audition.

Large Ensemble Spring Audition FAQ

How do I schedule an audition?

Beginning in March, students may sign up for an audition time by clicking here and logging into a previously created account or creating an account. Students who are currently enrolled in our large ensemble program, or students who have previously auditioned for NEC Prep Large Ensembles will already have an account. If you fall into this category and are unsure of your log-in credentials, please DO NOT create a duplicate account for the student. Contact the Prep office for further assistance.

I'm currently enrolled in one of the large ensembles. Do I need to re-audition?

Students who are currently enrolled in our orchestra and chorus program and would like to advance to a higher level group must re-audition. All current large ensemble members enrolled in Jr. MYWE, Sr. MYWE, Baroque Ensembles, or YJO must also re-audition each year. Students who are satisfied with their current placement in orchestra or choir need not re-audition.

What's my username?

Your username is the e-mail that you have associated with your previous audition sign-up account as a student. When you created an account for your audition(s) in the past, you submitted student information and parent information.  The e-mail you provided for the student is the username you can use to log-in again this year to sign-up for an audition.  If you need help in identifying which e-mail address is your username, please contact us and we'd be happy to assist you!

I logged in, and now I reached a screen that says "Review Account: Contact Information and Password." How do I schedule the audition?

You're on the right track! Assuming you are a returning student, when you first log-in for the new year, the system will ask you to you review your information to make sure it is still up-to-date. This is also an opportunity to input your student's profile with more information about their musical extracurricular activities and to add any new instruments. Keep going, and you will end up at the scheduling component.

I have multiple children who would like to audition. Do I have to create separate accounts for each of them?

Yes. A separate student e-mail/username must be created for each student. It is helpful to use secondary e-mail addresses for each student to be able to log-in on each separate account. As long as the parent lists their primary e-mail when submitting parent information, parents will not miss information regarding each child.

How much does it cost to audition for large ensembles?

There is an annual non-refundable $40 audition fee to audition for our large ensembles. Once this fee is paid, you are more than welcome to audition for as many different types of groups as you would like. You can pay by card, cash, or check written out to "New England Conservatory". Checks can be mailed to NEC Prep Auditions, 290 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 or dropped off in person to the main Prep Office, Room SB 120 at 241 St. Botolph, Boston, MA 02115.

I've already scheduled an audition but I need to reschedule. How do I do that?

You can reschedule your audition by logging into your account, cancelling your already scheduled audition, then rescheduling. Unfortunately, our audition system does not have a "reschedule" option. You must first cancel your audition and then schedule a new one.

What if I don’t know my audition pieces yet?

If you are unsure of what you will play in your audition, don’t worry! As long as you have something written in the blanks, you will be able to move on with the audition registration process. We suggest writing, “TBD” or “Undecided” in the blanks. Then, once you know what you will perform, log back into your audition account and update the page that asks for your pieces by filling in the correct composer names and piece titles.

We recommend that you update your repertoire information at least one week before your audition.

I've already submitted my repertoire but now I would like to change it. How do I do that?

You can change your repertoire by logging into your account and updating your repertoire.

Which pieces am I supposed to prepare for the audition?

Spring audition repertoire requirements can be found by clicking here.

What are the tuition rates for the large ensembles?

Our tuition and fees for the current academic year can be found here: Tuition & Fees.

After I audition, when will I find out about my audition placement?

Audition results will be released via e-mail (to all e-mail addresses associated with the student's account) on June 15, 2017.

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