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Renaissance & Baroque Band

Aldo Abreu, director

This small ensemble is open by audition to upper intermediate woodwind and brass players. This ensemble specializes in Renaissance and Baroque wind instrumental music written between the years 1500-1750. Students play their own modern instruments, but the parts are transposed (by Mr. Abreu) from the original scores written for crumhorns, shawms, recorders, sackbuts, trumpets, cornettos, and other early winds, brass and percussion. The Renaissance & Baroque Wind Band includes, as a major part of its repertory, late renaissance polychoral (antiphonal) works by composers such as Gabrieli, Grillo and others. The choirs of instruments are spread out around the concert hall creating a “surround sound” effect. While orchestra assignments are made by level, not age, most members are in grades 7-12.

Rehearsals: Fridays, 4:30-6:30pm, Carr Organ Room

Audition Information

The NEC Prep Baroque Ensembles hold auditions each May for the following academic year. Baroque Ensemble auditions are not held for specific ensembles, rather students are placed into an orchestra based on their audition. We begin scheduling May auditions in March of each year. To sign up for a May audition, click here.

For audition requirements, click here.


This is the 2017-2018 calendar for RBWB including all rehearsal and performance dates.

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Absence Requests

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

Still have questions?

E-mail the Preparatory School Office at or call (617) 585-1160.