The NEC Preparatory School offers a rich array of large ensembles for instrumental students with varying degrees of experience and virtuosity on their instruments.
Please choose a category below for more information.
For information on auditioning for one of our large ensembles, please click here or one of the links below.
The orchestra program includes four full orchestras with winds, brass, percussion, and string players; four large string orchestras; and String Chamber Orchestra. Click on the links to find out more information about individual groups.
- Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (YPO)
- Youth Symphony (YS)
- String Chamber Orchestra (SCO)
- Youth Repertory Orchestra (YRO)
- Junior Repertory Orchestra (JRO)
- String Repertory Orchestra (SRO)
- Preparatory String Orchestra (PSO)
- String Training Orchestras (STO)
All of the orchestras perform at least twice each year in NEC's Jordan Hall. Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (YPO) and Youth Symphony (YS) are both touring ensembles. In June 2015, YPO toured to Iceland and YS to Ireland. YPO and YS will tour again in June 2017.
Visit our large ensemble auditions page for information on how to audition for our orchestra program!
Not sure which level is best for you? Don't worry! Orchestra auditions are not held for specific orchestras. Students are placed into an orchestra based on their audition.
At NEC Prep, we have 3 wind ensembles, separated by age group. Follow the links below to find out more information about the individual ensembles.
- Senior Massachusetts Wind Ensemble (Sr. MYWE) - grades 10-12
- MYWE Concert Band (MYWE CB) - grades 7-12
- Junior Massachusetts Wind Ensemble (Jr. MYWE) - grades 6-9
Sr. MYWE is a touring ensemble. In June 2014, Sr. MYWE toured to Ireland and toured to the Czech Republic in June 2016. Sr. MYWE will tour again in June 2018.
Information on how to audition for our wind ensemble program can be found on our large ensemble auditions page.
Learn ensemble playing from Cleveland Orchestra veteran and brass pedagogue, Eli Epstein. With his upbeat, positive approach to music making, Epstein provides experiences that promote high levels of musicianship, enhance brass playing technique, develop listening skills, encourage emotional expression and address interpersonal and performance issues. This fun, energizing ensemble experience is open by audition to high school and middle school brass players.
Learn more about Youth Brass Ensemble here.
For information on how to audition, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Preparatory School Trombone Choir offers a special opportunity for young trombonists to expand their musicality, technique, and ensemble skills under the guidance of BSO bass trombonist James Markey. This ensemble is open to intermediate and advanced trombone players and is a unique opportunity to play a wide-variety of music arranged for trombones and trombones only.
To learn more information about Trombone Choir, click here.
For information on how to audition, contact the Prep office at email@example.com.
NEC Prep offers an array of Baroque Ensembles, consisting of up to 20 members each, which play music composed before 1750. Students play on modern instruments but learn about Baroque technique and aesthetic. The more advanced ensembles offer some members the opportunity to solo with the orchestra and have masterclasses each year with musicians who specialize in baroque performance. Click on the links below to find out more information about the individual ensembles.
- Baroque Chamber Orchestra
- Renaissance & Baroque Band
- Preparatory Baroque Ensemble
- Friday Baroque Ensemble
Information on how to audition for our Baroque Ensembles can be found here.
Not sure which level is best for you? Don't worry! Baroque Ensembles auditions are not held for specific ensembles. Students are placed into an orchestra based on their audition.