The Preparatory School workshop/recital system offers students valuable performance experience and a wide range of viewpoints through direct feedback from various instructors. Students are recommended for workshops by their private teacher. After completion of the workshop, written reports made by another member of the faculty are available to the student. Students performing in workshops will normally play in a departmental recital the following week. Each student should participate in at least one workshop/recital per semester.

Preparatory student group recitals through the workshop/recital program are scheduled on Saturdays throughout the year. These are free and open to the public. Students are recommended for the corresponding recital based on their performance in the workshop. Students must be approved in the corresponding workshop in order to play that recital. If the student is approved but unavailable for that recital, they must sign up to participate in the next workshop and be approved again in order to play in the next recital.  In addition to group recitals, students are encouraged to perform solo recitals at the end of the school year. All performances must be approved by the private teacher.

All string workshops and recitals are from 12:00-1:00 PM or from 4:00-5:00 PM. Rehearsal rooms will be posted on the bulletin board Saturday morning. Please bring music for the accompanist to the rehearsal.


Workshop Sign Up Policy:

Effective for the 2016-2017 yearwe will have a VERY strict deadline for workshop/recital submissions. ALL submissions must be entered through the online form (link below) by 4 PM on the Saturday preceding the workshop. If you need to make any changes to repertoire or accompanist requests, you must email by 4 PM on the Saturday preceding the workshop. NO CHANGES will be accommodated if submitted after 4pm on the Saturday preceding the workshop. Please see the schedule of all dates and deadlines clearly outlined below in the chart for your reference. Thank you!

*If you need access to a computer or have any questions, you are welcome to come into the SB Prep Office (241 St Botolph St- Rm. SB120), or on Saturdays to the Saturday Prep Field Office-JH 106 in the Jordan Hall building, 30 Gainsborough St, and we will set you up at one of our computer kiosks. These offices are open from 8am-4pm on Saturdays and 9am-5pm on Tuesday-Friday. 

Workshop Time-length Policy:

All students have a strict time limit of 15 minutes maximum for the workshop. If a student plays additional movements or multiple pieces, all music must fit in no more than 15 minutes. No exceptions. Workshop monitors reserve the right to stop students with lengthy pieces in order to allow appropriate time for feedback for all students in the workshop.   

Eligibility & Memorization Policy:

Students must be registered for at least 12 lessons per academic semester with an NEC faculty member in order to participate in the string workshop/recital program. In order to participate in the recital, students must play the piece completely from memory at the workshop and be approved by the workshop monitor. Memorization exceptions are made for collaborative sonatas and certain contemporary works in consultation with the private teacher and the strings department faculty chair.

Click here for the String Workshop Form!

If you have any questions, please email We are also usually accessible by phone to 617-585-1132, however, email is the preferred method of communication.

String Workshop and Recital Schedule 2016-2017
Workshop DateRecital DateDate Form Opens
(form opens approx. 8 AM)
Date Form Closes
(form closes approx. 4 PM)
2/25/20173/4/20172/10/20172/17/2017 *Friday! Closes at 1pm*
3/18/20173/25/20173/3/20173/10/2017 *Friday! Closes at 1pm*

Click here for the full Academic Calendar.