Prep String Workshops & Recitals

The Preparatory School workshop/recital system offers students valuable performance experience and a wide range of viewpoints through direct feedback from various faculty. Students are recommended for workshops by their private teacher. After completion of the workshop, written reports made by another member of the faculty are available to the student. Students performing in workshops will normally play in a departmental recital the following week. Each student should participate in at least one workshop/recital per semester.

Preparatory student group recitals through the workshop/recital program are scheduled on Saturdays throughout the year. These are free and open to the public. Students are recommended for the corresponding recital based on their performance in the workshop. Students must be approved in the corresponding workshop in order to play that recital. If the student is approved but unavailable for that recital, they must sign up to participate in the next workshop and be approved again in order to play in the next recital. In addition to group recitals, students are encouraged to perform solo recitals at the end of the school year. All performances must be approved by the private teacher.

There are two types of String Workshops: 

PERFORMANCE Workshops: For students who have a performance-ready piece. Students may request an NEC accompanist or bring their own. If their workshop performance is approved, they will play in the corresponding recital. All Performance Workshops occur on Saturdays at 12:00pm and 4:00pm.

PRACTICE Workshop: For students who want to perform a piece that they are currently working on. Accompaniment is optional: students may request an NEC accompanist or bring their own. Most Practice Workshops occur on Saturdays at 12:00pm and 4:00pm. Please look at the schedule for more details.

Rehearsal rooms will be posted on the bulletin board Saturday morning. Students must bring music for the accompanist to the rehearsal.



Students must be registered for at least 24 lessons per academic year with an NEC faculty member in order to participate in the string workshop/recital program.

All participating workshop/recital students are expected to stay for the entire hour of the workshop/recital (12-1pm). 

Workshop Sign Up Policy:

ALL submissions must be entered through the online form (link below) by 12:00PM on the closing date. Please see the schedule of all date and deadlines clearly outlined below in the chart for your reference. There is a limit to how many students can sign up each week, so the form may close earlier than Friday if the workshops become full.

All submissions are final. NO CHANGES will be accommodated once submitted. 

Workshop Time-length Policy:

All students have a strict time limit of 15 minutes maximum for the workshop. If a student plays additional movements or multiple pieces, all music must fit in no more than 15 minutes. No exceptions. Workshop monitors reserve the right to stop students with lengthy pieces in order to allow appropriate time for feedback for all students in the workshop.   

Memorization Policy:

Performance Workshop: In order to participate in the recital, students must play the piece completely from memory at the workshop and be approved by the workshop monitor. Memorization exceptions are made for collaborative sonatas and certain contemporary works in consultation with the private teacher and string department chair.

Practice Workshop: Memorization is not required for practice workshops. There will be no recital the following week. 

If you have any questions, please call 617-585-1160 or email the Prep office.

2020-2021 String Workshop Schedule

Workshop Number

Workshop Date

12pm and 4pm (all on Saturdays)

Date Signup Form Opens (all on Tuesdays at 12pm)

Date Signup Form Closes (all on Tuesdays at 12pm)


October 3, 2020

September 22, 2020

September 29, 2020


October 17, 2020

October 6, 2020

October 13, 2020


October 31, 2020

October 20, 2020

October 27, 2020


November 14, 2020

November 3, 2020

November 10, 2020


December 5, 2020

November 24, 2020

December 1, 2020


December 19, 2020

December 8, 2020

December 15, 2020

7 January 23, 2021 January 12, 2021 January 19, 2021


February 6, 2021

January 26, 2021

February 2, 2021


February 27, 2021

February 16, 2021

February 23, 2021

10 March 20, 2021 March 9, 2021 March 16, 2021
11 April 3, 2021 March 23, 2021 March 30, 2021
12 April 17, 2021 April 6, 2021 April 13, 2021
13 May 1, 2021 April 20, 2021 April 27, 2021

Click Here for the Workshop Signup Form!