Preparatory String Orchestra

Marta Zurad, Conductor

Preparatory String Orchestra (PSO 8:30 & 10:30) is open to early intermediate string players. Students placed in PSO are comfortable shifting and playing fast passage work and able to play with a solid, confident tone that is generally well in tune. While orchestral assignments are made by level, not age, most members of PSO are in grades 6-8. 

Rehearsals: Saturdays, 8:30-10:00 AM & 10:30 AM-12:00 PM in Pierce Hall

Placement and Seating Audition Information

New this year, NEC Prep will be reviewing all large ensemble auditions via video. For more information, please click here.  

Seating Audition Sign-up: After gaining admission to the ensemble, all PSO students will take a seating audition. These auditions will take place in September.


Module 1- ONLINE
August 29 – Orientation Day
September 5 - Labor Day weekend - No Rehearsal
September 12
September 19  
September 26
October 3
October 10

October 17
October 24
October 31
November 7
November 14
November 21
November 28 - Thanksgiving - No Rehearsal

Module 3 ONLINE/Masterclass Module
December 5
December 12
December 19 – No Rehearsal
December 26/Jan 2 - No Rehearsal

January 9 
January 16
January 23
January 30

Module 4 
February 6
February 13 – No Rehearsal
February 20
February 27
March 6
March 13
March 20
March 27

Module 5
April 3
April 10
April 17 – No Rehearsal
April 24
May 1
May 8
May 15
May 22 


  • Attendance is required at all regularly scheduled classes, rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and performances be it virtually or in-person. Students are expected to be ready to begin on-time. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each session.
  • Anyone arriving/logging-in more than 30 minutes late or leaving/logging-out 30 minutes early will be considered absent from the entire rehearsal or class.
  • No more than 1 excused absence per module will be allowed and notice must be given at least two weeks prior by submitting an Absence Request Form to the NEC Prep offices. Absence request forms can be submitted to the Ensemble manager at or to Claudia Encinas at
  • Read our full attendance policy here:


Still have questions?

Contact Claudia Encinas, Large Ensembles Manager, by email, or call the NEC Prep hotline at  (617) 585-1160.

During the academic year, PSO members can also contact the PSO Student Manager.