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
Module 2 ONLINE/HYBRID/TBD
November 28 - Thanksgiving - No Rehearsal
Module 3 ONLINE/Masterclass Module
December 19 – No Rehearsal
December 26/Jan 2 - No Rehearsal
Module 4 HYBRID*
February 13 – No Rehearsal
Module 5 HYBRID*
April 17 – No Rehearsal
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or to Claudia Encinas at Claudia.Encinas@necmusic.edu
- Read our full attendance policy here: https://necmusic.edu/prep/absence-requests
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.