String Chamber Orchestra performing in Jordan Hall

Peter Jarvis, Conductor

Open to advanced pre-college string players. SCO is the highest level string orchestra for the Prep program. Students placed in SCO generally play with a high level of musicality and technical mastery, and are comfortable playing complete concertos. While orchestra assignments are made by level, not age, most members of SCO are in grades 9-12.

Rehearsals: Saturday, 10am-12pm in Brown Hall 

2015-2016 Concert Schedule

  • Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 1pm in Jordan Hall
  • Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 8pm 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.

SCO members do not need to take Fall seating auditions. 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 2016 Audition Information and Dates

Spring 2016 Audition Requriements

Spring 2016 Audition Excerpts for Senior Orchestras

Absence Requests

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

Still have questions?

E-mail the SCO Student Manager or call (617) 585-1128.