Aldo Abreu, Director

Piano students may audition to play harpsichord in one of the baroque ensembles.

Auditions for Baroque Ensembles are held in May of each year. May auditions for the Baroque Ensembles have passed. If you are interested in auditioning for the Baroque Ensembles and have missed the auditions, please contact the conductor, Aldo Abreu at aldo.abreu@necmusic.edu.

Renaissance and Baroque Wind Band

Open by audition to intermediate players. This ensemble specializes in Renaissance and Baroque wind instrumental music written between the years 1500 and 1750. Students play their own modern instruments, and the parts are transposed from the original scores. While there are no specific age guidelines for this ensemble, most members of the Renaissance and Baroque Wind Band are in grades 7 - 12.

Rehearsals – Friday, 4:30 - 6:30 PM

Recorder and String Orchestra

Open by audition to intermediate players. This orchestra includes string instruments and recorder choir (multiple sizes) specializing in music from the Baroque and Renaissance Periods by composers such as Purcell, Schmelzer, Rosenmuller, Woodcock, Vivaldi and Corelli. While there are no specific age guidelines for this ensemble, most members of the Recorder and String Orchestra are in grades 3 - 11.

Rehearsals – Saturday, 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Preparatory Baroque Ensemble

Open by audition to beginning players. This orchestra includes strings and some wind instruments, specializing in easy music from the Baroque and Renaissance Periods by composers such as works by Susato, Attaignant, and Purcell. While there are no specific age guidelines for this ensemble, most members of the Preparatory Baroque Ensemble are in grades 3 - 9.

Rehearsals – Saturday, 3:00 - 4:00 PM

Friday Baroque Ensemble

Open by audition to intermediate players. This ensemble of string and wind players focuses on music from the baroque period, including works of Monteverdi, Schuetz, and Bach. While there are no specific age guidelines for this ensemble, most members of the Friday Baroque Ensemble are in grades 3 - 11.

Rehearsals – Friday, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

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