Steven Karidoyanes, Director

The NEC Youth Symphony (YS) is composed of advanced young musicians, most between the ages of 13 and 18. Members are selected from hundreds of applicants through annual auditions. YS is open to advanced pre-college string, wind, percussion, brass and harp players.

As one of NEC's senior Preparatory School ensembles, the Youth Symphony has performed in NEC's Jordan Hall, Symphony Hall, Sander's Theatre, and the Boston Opera House in a collaboration with the Boston Ballet School.

This orchestra tours internationally every two years. In the summer of 2013, the Orchestra completed a 9-day tour of Costa Rica. In the summer of 2015, YS toured Ireland, including Galway, Derry/Londonderry, and Dublin culminating in a final performance in the National Concert Hall in Dublin—one of the premiere performance halls in Europe. YS will tour in the summer of 2017.

Rehearsals: Saturday, 3:15 - 6:00 PM in Horticultural Hall


Repertoire Highlights for 2016-17 include:

Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"

Beethoven: Symphony No. 2

Repertoire Highlights for 2015-16 included:

Beethoven - Symphony No. 5

Gershwin - An American In Paris

Grieg - Piano Concerto featuring Andrew Li, piano (2014-15 Concerto Competition winner, Category C)

Hanson - Symphony No. 2 "Romantic"

Listen to the NEC Youth Symphony perform Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter Overture (2010-05-27).

2016-2017 Concert Schedule

  • Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 7:30 PM in Jordan Hall
  • Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 12:00 PM in Jordan Hall
  • Friday, May 19, 2017 at 8:00 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. 

For those admitted into the orchestra program, seating auditions are held in early September. For information regarding fall seating auditions, please visit the Current Members Page.

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

Absence Requests

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

Still have questions?

Call the NEC Prep Hotline at (617) 585-1160 or e-mail us at