Aldo Abreu, Director
This small ensemble is open by audition to upper intermediate woodwind and brass players. This ensemble specializes in Renaissance and Baroque wind instrumental music written between the years 1500-1750. Students play their own modern instruments, but the parts are transposed (by Mr. Abreu) from the original scores written for crumhorns, shawms, recorders, sackbuts, trumpets, cornettos, and other early winds, brass and percussion. The Renaissance & Baroque Wind Band includes, as a major part of its repertory, late renaissance polychoral (antiphonal) works by composers such as Gabrieli, Grillo and others. The choirs of instruments are spread out around the concert hall creating a “surround sound” effect. While orchestra assignments are made by level, not age, most members are in grades 7-12.
Baroque Ensembles range in size and offer a more intimate study than the larger orchestras. These chamber music size groups allow for one or just a few player(s) per part. This smaller group setting allows students to develop chamber music skills learning to listen to each other.
Rehearsals: Fridays, 4:30 - 6:30pm
First Rehearsal: TBA
Seating Auditions: September 8 & 9, 2012
Seating auditions are 7 minutes long and can be scheduled after August 15, by logging into your account online.
Seating audition requirements: Prepare two solo works or two movements from the same work that represent contrasting styles. This usually means a fast, technical piece and a slower, more lyrical piece.
Please submit an Absence Request Form to Lisa Husseini, Concert Ensemble Manager. Requests need to be submitted at least two weeks before the date of absence. We urge you to submit requests as soon as you know about them so that there is plenty of time for them to be approved. All absences must be approved by the NEC Prep Office, prior to the absence date.
You may submit it in using one of the following methods:
- Print and hand deliver to the Prep Office at 241 St. Botolph Street, Room SB 120.
- Scan and e-mail to Lisa Husseini, Concert Ensemble Manager
- Fax your form to (617) 585-1135 attn: Lisa Husseini
- Mail to: NEC Preparatory School attn: Lisa Husseini, 290, Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 02115-5018
You may also email a letter of request to Lisa Husseini, Concert Ensemble Manager
NOTE: You will receive an email from Lisa Husseini when your absence has been approved.
Still have questions?
E-mail Lisa Husseini, Concert Ensemble Manager or call (617) 585-1128.