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8 O'Clock STO

8 O'Clock String Training Orchestra is open by audition to advanced beginner string players. Students placed in this orchestra have mastered basic technical aspects of playing the instrument, can read music proficiently, are comfortable in some upper positions, and have often had previous ensemble experience. While orchestral assignments are made by level, not age, most members of the 8 O'Clock STO are in grades 4-7. 

Peter Jarvis, conductor

Rehearsals: Saturdays, 8:00 - 9:00 AM in SLPC Orchestra Room Room 212

9 O'Clock STO

9 O'Clock String Training Orchestra is open by audition to beginning string players. Students placed in this orchestra have mastered basic technical aspects of the instrument, can read music, and have generally studied their instrument for at least 2-3 years. While orchestral assignments are made by level, not age, most members of the 9 O'Clock STO are in grades 3-5.

Peter Jarvis, conductor

Rehearsals: Saturdays, 9:00 - 10:00 AM in SLPC Orchestra Room Room 212

2017-2018 Concert Schedule

  • Winter Festival: Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 12:00 PM in Jordan Hall
  • Spring Festival: Saturday, June 9, 2018 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 prep@necmusic.edu.

Spring 2017 Audition Information

For Current Students

Seating Auditions Requirements

All STO students will take a seating audition on Saturday, September 9, or Sunday September 10, 2017. Accepted students can schedule their seating audition here.

Specific fall seating audition requirements: 

  • Prepare a 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. 
  • Students will also be asked to sight-read.

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

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