The Preparatory School workshop/recital system offers students valuable performance experience and a wide range of viewpoints through direct feedback from Preparatory Voice Faculty. Students are recommended for workshops by their private teacher. Students performing in workshops will normally perform in recital the following week. Each student should participate in at least one workshop/recital per semester. Those pursuing the Voice Certificate will be required to participate in more workshops as determined by certificate level.

Preparatory student recitals are scheduled on Saturdays throughout the year. These are free and open to the public. Students are recommended for recital programs based on their performance in workshops. In addition to this workshop/recital series, students are encouraged to perform in the end of semester Voice Department Recitals and attend or perform in special Guest Masterclasses. All performances must be approved by the teacher, and singers will be selected to perform on guest masterclasses with the consultation of the voice faculty and department chair.

Voice Workshops and Recitals are from 2-3pm on the following dates. All students registered for private voice lessons through NEC Preparatory School are welcome to participate in workshops, recitals and masterclasses.

If you have any questions/conflicts in advance of class, please contact the Prep Office at

Voice Workshop/Recital Series Schedule 2014-2015

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Workshop: September 27

Recital: October 4

Workshop: November 8

Recital: November 15 - English Song Festival

Workshop: February 21

Recital: February 28

Workshop: April 25

Recital: May 2 - Voice Department Spring Recital

Voice Department Recitals 2014-2015

Winter Voice Department Recital: December 14, 2014 - 2pm

NEC Prep Sings at Boston’s First Night: December 31, 2014 - 1-3pm
NEC Choruses & Prep Voice Soloists

Contemporary Festival Concerts: February 1, 2015 - 10am, 12:30pm, 3pm, 4:30pm
Prep Voice Students join NEC Prep’s Contemporary Festival

Spring Voice Department Recital: May 2, 2014 - 2pm @ NEC & May 3, 2014 - 2pm Off Campus

Guest Voice Masterclasses 2014-2015

Fall: October 11, 2014 - 1-3pm
Preparing and Auditioning for College Voice Programs
Patty Thom, Chair of Voice & Opera Studies, Boston Conservatory 

Spring: Date TBA
Special Guest Voice Masterclass
Penelope Bitzas, Associate Professor of Voice at Boston University & NEC Alumna

English Song Festival: Art Song of American & British Composers

Saturday, 11/15/2014 - 2pm - Pierce Hall

Join us as we bring the entire voice department together to celebrate song and poetry in our common language - English!

The Preparatory School Voice Department will take part in its first Song Festival this Fall.  This mini-festival will feature recitals, lectures and workshops by solo singers, ensembles and voice faculty of art song by American & British Composers through the centuries.  Refreshments served between events - come and enjoy this wonderful music, learn about composers and the compositional process when writing for the voice and mingle with other singers and Prep families. 

2:00-3:15 - Voice Recital - English & British Song through the Centuries - NEC Prep Voice Department Singers & Advanced A Cappella (Cristi Catt, Director)

Special Lectures on English Song:

3:30 - 3:50 From 16th Irish Folklore to Modern Vocal Writing Cristi Catt & Margaret McAllister
Composer Margaret McAllister (NEC Prep & SCE Composition Faculty) and singer Cristi Catt (NEC College CI, SCE & Prep Voice & CI Faculty)

4:00 - 4:20 Boston Song Composers - Past and Present D'Anna Fortunato
This event will be a mini walk through the progression of English Song composition in the Boston musical scene from the beginning of the last century up until today. To include works by Arthur Foote, Daniel Pinkham, Irving Fine, John Harbison and John McDonald. 

4:30 - 4:50 More Boston Composers + Women Composers of Boston Jean Danton
Continuing the discussion of Boston composers, Soprano Jean Danton (NEC SCE & Prep Voice Faculty) looks at the many song composers who've maintained relationships with NEC including Chadwick, Paine and three key women composers.  We'll learn about and listen to recordings of Jean singing works by these women composers who are often overlooked by history. 

5:00 - 5:45  NEC Prep Camerata and Chamber Choir Celebrate English Song! Jonathan Richter, Director & Sarah Houghton, Director