The NEC Preparatory School offers chamber ensembles for string, wind, brass, and piano players ages 8-18, in both classical and jazz. Chamber music at NEC connects young musicians together based on the common interest of their love of music, and is an excellent complement to instrumental education alongisde private lessons and large ensembles.

NEC Prep chamber music is a place where students join in learning some of the most powerful pieces in the repertoire. It demands a high level of artistic exploration, creativity, and expression from each member. Students have the opportunity to:

  • Share musical opinions and ways to interpret their scores.  Motivated by their peers, they mature into deeper levels of musicianship.
  • Develop sensitive listening while playing
  • Develop practice and rehearsal techniques
  • Gain independence

Playing chamber music is a great way to meet new friends and fellow musicians. Some of our NEC Prep chamber groups play together for years. Their friendships grow and it is a huge part of their lives.

Each group is coached by a highly experienced teacher and performer who has a passion for chamber music and loves to work with young musicians.

Groups receive 28 coaching sessions and may have the opportunity to play in and attend master classes given by distinguished chamber music faculty from the NEC college and other outstanding visiting chamber music artists.

Woodwind & Brass Chamber Music

Laura Blustein, Chamber Music Department Chair
Eli Epstein, Brass Department Chair
Ellen Michaud Martins, Woodwind Chair

The NEC Preparatory School offers chamber music coaching of ensembles of all levels and ages. Groups will be determined by age, ability, and instrumentation. Each will receive 28 coaching sessions. Chamber music groups meet on Saturdays. Students are expected to participate in festival concerts each semester.

Scholarship Brass Quintet

Open by audition to advanced brass players, the Scholarship Brass Quintet is a tuition-free ensemble open by audition to advanced brass players. Students must be enrolled in an NEC large ensemble in order to qualify. Auditions are held in September. To schedule an appointment for Fall auditions, contact the Preparatory School office after August 1st at (617) 585-1160 or at or follow the link below.

Youth Brass Ensemble & Trombone Choir

Brass players interested in Brass Chamber Music should also consider enrolling in Youth Brass Ensemble and Trombone Choir.


Auditions for Brass & Woodwind Chamber Music take place each September. For more information about how to audition, please click here.

Click here to sign up for a woodwind chamber music placement. Click here to sign up for a brass chamber music placement.

Please note that the NEC Prep Chamber Music audition committee tries their best to place all students who audition into chamber groups. However, appropriate chamber groups are only formed if other students of similar age, skill level, and Saturday time availability audition.