Prep Large Ensemble Auditions

NEC Prep's large ensembles are a large and vibrant part of our community. With more than 25 different ensembles, there is a place for every player and singer. Opportunities are available for beginners to advanced students. NEC Prep large ensembles consist of our Orchestras & Wind Ensembles, Youth Jazz Orchestra, Choruses, Youth Brass Ensemble, and Baroque Ensembles.

Spring (May) Large Ensemble Auditions

Each May, NEC Prep holds auditions for entrance into and advancement within the large ensembles for the following school year. For full information on audition types, audition dates, and repertoire requirements, please visit the Spring Auditions page.

Please note: students who are currently enrolled in our orchestra and chorus program and would like to advance to a higher level group must re-audition each year. Additionally, all students currently enrolled in Jr. MYWE, MYWE Concert Band, Sr. MYWE, Baroque Ensembles, and YJO must re-audition each year. All other students who are satisfied with their current placement do not need to re-audition.

For information about rolling auditions or late placement, please contact the office at (617) 585-1160 or prep@necmusic.edu.

Fall (September) Large Ensemble Auditions

Seating Auditions

Seating auditions are for students who were placed in specific groups through the spring (May) large ensemble auditions. These auditions are an opportunity for students to play directly for the conductor of their assigned group and are used to determine seating and part assignments for the coming school year.

Seating Audition Requirements

Most of our large ensembles require a fall seating audition and have specific audition requirements. However, not all large ensembles require one. To check if your group requires a seating audition or has repertoire requirements, please visit the Fall Auditions page.

Entrance Auditions

Entrance auditions for students who missed the Spring (May) large ensemble auditions are available on a space-availability basis only. To learn more about fall audition opportunities, please contact the Preparatory School Office.

For information about rolling auditions or late placement, please contact the office at (617) 585-1160 or prep@necmusic.edu.

Audition Types by Instrument

A note about auditions: NEC Prep has ten orchestras, three wind ensembles, six choirs, three baroque ensembles and more. Most large ensemble auditions are general auditions by type of ensemble and not for a specific group. Placement is determined by the student's performance in the audition, not by the student's age. Please note that each bullet point listed under each instrument is a different audition, and must be scheduled separately when signing up for auditions.

Strings

 

Woodwinds

*Admission to NEC Prep orchestras is highly selective, particularly for woodwind players, as the number of openings is very limited. Because of this, we recommend that wind players also audition for our wind, Baroque, and chamber music ensembles.

 

Brass

*Admission to NEC Prep orchestras is highly selective, particularly for brass players, as the number of openings is very limited. Because of this, we recommend that brass players also audition for our wind, Baroque, chamber music, and Youth Brass ensembles.

 

Percussion

*Admission to NEC Prep orchestras is highly selective, particularly for percussion players, as the number of openings is very limited. Because of this, we recommend that percussion players also audition for our wind ensembles and Percussion Ensemble.

 

Guitar

 

Piano/Harpsichord

 

Voice

Please note that students in late middle school and early high school may be eligible for both chorus categories, depending on their current physical voice development, interests, and time availability. For more information, please contact the Preparatory School office.

 

Jazz

 

Questions?

Not sure where to start? Contact the NEC Prep staff during our office hours!