Small Jazz Ensembles
David Zoffer, Chair
These ensembles are designed for instrumentalists and vocalists desiring a small ensemble experience with emphasis on the exploration of various jazz, Third Stream, popular, and fusion styles. Emphasis will be placed on the application of jazz theory concepts through performance. Larger involvement in the program is a preference consideration for placement in ensembles. Groups will receive 28 60-minute coaching sessions and the opportunity to perform in workshops and recitals throughout the year. Auditions take place in September.
Additional times by arrangement with department chair, David Zoffer.
Ken Schaphorst, Director
David Neves, YJO Student Manager
The Youth Jazz Orchestra is a new ensemble that debuted in September 2008 at the NEC Preparatory School. Since then they have been recognized as one of the Preparatory School's premier large ensembles and were showcased at the 2009 and 2010 Feast of Music. YJO has also been featured as part of Boston's First Night Celebrations for First Night 2010-2012. Having given their Jordan Hall Debut on June 2, 2009, YJO performs in NEC's Jordan Hall on a yearly basis and also gives performances in Brown Hall.
The Orchestra is directed by celebrated jazz artist Ken Schaphorst, who chairs NEC's college jazz studies department and directs the college-level jazz orchestra. The ensemble rehearses on Wednesday evenings, 7 – 9 PM, beginning in September, and is open to pre-college-age trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano, guitar, bass, and percussion players.
video clip courtesy of CBS Boston
Auditions for YJO take place each May. Our May auditions have passed, but if you are still interested in joining YJO, please contact Lisa Husseini, Concert Ensemble Manager at (617) 585-1128 or email@example.com.
Auditions for our small ensemblestake place in early September (exact date TBD). To sign-up for an audition slot, please contact us after August 1st to schedule an audition. (617) 585-1160 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Private jazz lessons can begin at anytime. For more information on how to enroll in private lessons through NEC Prep, click here.
Please submit an Absence Request Form to Lisa Husseini, Concert Ensemble Manager. Requests need to be submitted at least two weeks before the date of absence. We urge you to submit requests as soon as you know about them so that there is plenty of time for them to be approved. All absences must be approved by the NEC Prep Office, prior to the absence date.
You may submit it in using one of the following methods:
- Print and hand deliver to the Prep Office at 241 St. Botolph Street, Room SB 120.
- Scan and e-mail to Lisa Husseini, Concert Ensemble Manager
- Fax your form to (617) 585-1135 attn: Lisa Husseini
- Mail to: NEC Preparatory School attn: Lisa Husseini, 290, Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 02115-5018
You may also email a letter of request to Lisa Husseini, Concert Ensemble Manager
NOTE: You will receive an email from Lisa Husseini when your absence has been approved.
Still have questions?
E-mail Lisa Husseini, Concert Ensemble Manager or call (617) 585-1128.