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String Repertory Orchestra


Cynthia Woods, Conductor

String Repertory Orchestra (SRO) is open by audition to intermediate string players. Students placed in SRO play with fluency and clarity and are comfortable playing three-octave scales. While orchestral assignments are made by level, not age, most members of SRO are in grades 7-10.

Rehearsals: Saturdays 8:30-10:00 AM in Williams Hall


2017-18 Repertoire Highlights include:

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - Mozart

Simple Symphony - Britten

2016-17 Repertoire Highlights included:

Tchaikovsky - Serenade for Strings

Grieg - Holberg Suite

2017-2018 SRO Concert Schedule

  • Winter Festival: Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 12:00 PM in Jordan Hall
  • Spring Festival: Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 1:00 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

For Current Students

Seating Auditions Requirements

All SRO students will take a seating audition on Sunday, September 10, 2017. Accepted students can schedule their seating audition here.

Specific fall seating audition requirements: 

  • Prepare a 3-octave scale and two contrasting solo pieces or two contrasting sections from the same work. One piece should be fast and technical; the other, slow and lyrical. You may only be asked to play one solo during the seating audition. You may play the same piece/pieces that you performed during the May placement audition.¬†

Absence Requests

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

2017-2018 Rehearsal Calendar

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Still have questions?

Contact the Prep Office at or (617) 585-1160.

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