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, Carr Organ Room

2016-2017 Calendar

16           RBWB rehearsals begin
23           RBWB rehearsal
30           RBWB rehearsal

7             RBWB rehearsal
14           RBWB rehearsal
21           RBWB rehearsal
28           RBWB rehearsal

4             RBWB rehearsal
11           RBWB rehearsal
18           RBWB rehearsal
25           NO RBWB rehearsal – Thanksgiving Break

2             RBWB rehearsal
9             RBWB rehearsal
16           RBWB rehearsal
23           NO RBWB rehearsal – Winter Break
30           NO RBWB rehearsal – Winter Break

6             NO RBWB rehearsal – Winter Break
13           RBWB rehearsal
20           RBWB rehearsal
22           RBWB Concert, 11:30am, Williams Hall
27           RBWB rehearsal

3             RBWB rehearsal
10           RBWB rehearsal
17           NO RBWB rehearsal – February Break
24           RBWB rehearsal

3             RBWB rehearsal
10           NO RBWB rehearsal – Spring Break
17           RBWB rehearsal
24           RBWB rehearsal
31           RBWB rehearsal

7             RBWB rehearsal
14           RBWB rehearsal
21           RBWB rehearsal
28           RBWB rehearsal

5             RBWB rehearsal
12           RBWB rehearsal
19           RBWB rehearsal
24           RBWB Concert, 7pm, Williams Hall


Audition Information

The NEC Prep Baroque Ensembles hold auditions each May for the following academic year. Baroque Ensemble auditions are not held for specific ensembles, 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. 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

For audition requirements, click here.

Absence Requests

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

Still have questions?

E-mail the Preparatory School Office at or call (617) 585-1160.