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Youth Chorale & Camerata

Jonathan Richter, Director

The NEC Youth Chorale is a highly celebrated mixed chorus for advanced singers in grades 9-12.

The ensemble performs frequently in NEC's Jordan Hall and other regional venues. The Youth Chorale often has the opportunity to perform with instrumental ensembles of various sizes, and in recent years it has shared the stage with the NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and Youth Symphony, as well as the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra. Comprised of students from the greater Boston area and beyond, the Youth Chorale offers young singers the opportunity to experience and perform the masterworks of the choral repertoire at an exceptionally high level. Recent concert programs have featured works such as the Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes, Mahler's Symphony No. 2("Ressurrection"), the Mozart Missa Brevis in F, K.192, and the Bernstein Chichester Psalms.

Entrance into Youth Chorale is by audition only. Once students have been accepted in to Youth Chorale, they can audition in the fall for placement in Youth Camerata, a highly advanced ensemble comprised of SATB singers who are members of Youth Chorale.

Youth Chorale is a touring ensemble. In February 2017, YC toured to Italy.

Youth Chorale Rehearsals: Saturday, 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Camerata Rehearsals: Saturday, 4:45 – 5:45 PM

2017-2018 Concerts

Friday, November 17, 2017
Young Women's Chorale, Youth Chorale, and Camerata
7:00 PM, Church of the Covenant Boston

Sunday, January 28, 2018
Youth Chorale and Youth Philharmonic Orchestra perform Beethoven's Choral Fantasy
8:00 PM, Jordan Hall

Sunday, February 4, 2018
Youth Camerata performs on annual Contemporary Festival
10:00 AM, Brown Hall

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Youth Chorale and Youth Repertory Orchestra perform Poulenc's Gloria
8:00 PM, Jordan Hall

Thursday, May 24, 2018
Youth Chorale performs on Annual Composer's Celebration Concert
7:30 PM, Jordan Hall

Thursday, May 31, 2018
Young Women's Chorale, Youth Chorale, and Camerata
7:30 PM, Jordan Hall

Chorus Audition Information

The NEC Prep Choruses hold auditions each May for the following academic year. We begin scheduling May auditions in March of each year.

Click here to sign up for a spring Chorus Audition!

Absence Requests

Please submit an Absence Request Form to the Youth Chorale Student 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.
  • Fax your form to (617) 585-1135 attn: Youth Chorale
  • Mail to: NEC Preparatory School attn: Youth Chorale, 290 Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 02115-5018

You may also email a letter of request to the Youth Choruses Student Manager

NOTE: You will receive an email from the Youth Chorale manager when your absence has been approved.


This is the 2017-2018 calendar for Youth Chorale including all rehearsal, dress rehearsal, and performance dates.

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This is the 2017-2018 calendar for Youth Camerata including all rehearsal, dress rehearsal, and performance dates.

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Still have questions?

Please contact Cassandra McBride, Program Manager or call the Prep Office at (617) 585-1160.