Marta Zurad, Conductor

Preparatory String Orchestra (PSO) is open to intermediate pre-college string players. Students placed in PSO are comfortable shifting and playing fast passagework and able to play with a solid, confident tone that is generally well in tune. While orchestral assignments are made by level, not age, most members of PSO are in grades 6-8. 

Rehearsals: Saturdays, 8:30-10:00 AM in Horticultural Hall

2016-2017 Concert Schedule

  • Winter Festival: Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 2:00 PM in Jordan Hall
  • Spring Festival: Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 2:00 PM in Jordan Hall

Audition Information

The NEC Prep Orchestra Program holds auditions each May for the following academic year. Orchestra auditions are not held for specific orchestras, rather students are placed into an orchestra based on their audition. We begin scheduling May auditions in March of each year. To sign up for a May audition, click here.

For those admitted into the orchestra program, seating auditions are held in early September. Additional entrance auditions may be held in the Fall for select instruments, on a space availability basis only. For more information about Fall auditions or to sign up for an audition, please call (617) 585-1160 or e-mail

Spring 2017 Audition Information and Dates

Spring 2017 Audition Requirements

For information regarding fall seating auditions, please visit the Current Members Page.

Absence Requests

For information on how to report an absence, please click here.

Still have questions?

Contact Marlee McDonald-Yepes, Program Manager for the Strings Department, at (617) 585-1132.

During the academic year, PSO members can also contact the PSO Student Manager or call (617) 585-1160.