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 the Youth Chorale is by audition only. Once students have been accepted in to the 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 the Youth Chorale.

Chorale Rehearsals: Saturday, 3:00 – 4:30 PM in Pierce Hall

Camerata Rehearsals: Saturday, 4:45 – 5:45 PM in Pierce Hall

2016-2017 Concerts

Youth Camerata

November 5, 2016
Youth Chorale with NEC's Concert Choir and the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra perform Michael Tippett's A Child of Our Time 
8:00 PM, MIT's Kresge Auditorium

February 7, 2017
Youth Chorale and Youth Camerata perform on a program with String Chamber Orchestra
7:30 PM, Jordan Hall

Italy Tour

  • February 20, 2017
    Joint performance with the University Choir from the University of Florence
    6:00 PM, University of Florence
  • February 23, 2017
    7:00 PM, San Marcello al Corso, Rome
  • February 24, 2017
    5:00 PM, Sant'Agnese in Agone, Rome

May 24, 2017
All NEC Prep Choruses at Jordan Hall
7:30 PM, Jordan Hall

Chorus Audition Information

The NEC Prep Choral Program holds auditions each May for the following academic year. We begin scheduling May auditions in March of each year. Once the spring audition season has concluded, interested new students can audition may audition in the fall. To schedule a Fall 2016 audition, please contact the Prep Office at or 617-585-1160 for further information.

For audition requirements, click here.

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

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

Still have questions?

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