Summer Orchestra Institute

July 15-27, 2019

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Rebecca Bogers, Artistic Director

Andres Lopera, 2019 Conductor

Lisa Bauer, Program Director

This two-week full symphony orchestra program is open to intermediate to advanced-level strings, winds, brass, harp and percussion between the age of 13-19. Daily activities include full orchestral rehearsals, sectional rehearsals, chamber music reading/coaching sessions, masterclasses, mock auditions, group reflections on progress, individual practice time, and a final orchestral concert in NEC's historic Jordan Hall.

The Summer Orchestra Institute (SOI) experience emphasizes intensive musical preparation, with special focus on concentration, practice and performance techniques, interpretation, phrasing, and general musicianship. Students will also develop communication and leadership skills through their musical collaborations, learning the joy of music making while developing lasting friendships. Musical off-campus trips are scheduled throughout the two-week session. Students have the option of choosing to be a day student or residential student in our state of the art NEC Residence Hall located in the heart of Boston. Additional evening activities are planned for residential students.

The 2019 application is still available.  Please contact regarding any questions.

Program Highlights

  • Intensive 2-week session
  • Full-time faculty lead ensemble and individual coaching
  • String, woodwind, brass and percussion coaches
  • Daily sectionals with coaches and full orchestra rehearsals
  • Final concert in historic New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, Saturday, July 27th at 7:00pm

2019 Repertoire will feature Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade led by SOI 2019 Conductor Andres Lopera.

Sample Daily Schedule

7:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast (for residential students only)

8:30 a.m. Arrival (for day students), warm up & individual practice

9:00 a.m. Sectionals

10:00 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. Orchestra rehearsal

12:30 pm Lunch

1:15 p.m.  Masterclass

2:15 p.m. Orchestra rehearsal

4:30 p.m. Share out session

5:00 p.m. Dismissal for day students (except on concert days)

5:00-10:00 p.m. Dinner and evening activities (for residential students)

Application Process

Complete the Online Application

Complete the online application. If you have questions about the program or auditions requirements please email or call 617-585-1160. If you have questions about completing the online application you can contact our summer programs registrar at

Teacher Recommendation 

Music Teachers (including conductors and program directors) can submit recommendation letters to You will be asked to enter the name and email for the person submitting your recommendation during your online application.

VIDEO Audition 

Once you have submitted your application please send a link to your video audition to the Program Director at Your application will not be considered complete until the video audition has been submitted. The audition requirements must be recorded in one take and without an accompaniment. Videos can be submitted through YouTube as an unlisted video. You will receive an email confirmation that you audition has been received.

Audition Requirements 

  • Scale of your choice
  • 1 solo of your choice
  • Required Excerpt(s)

Important Dates (Updated June 2019) 

December 14:  Application and audition materials available online

February 3-15:  Live auditions available in Boston

July 1:  Deadline for registration and tuition (payment plans are available)

July 8:  Deadline for housing registration 

July 14:  Resident students move into the Residence Hall

July 15-27:  Summer Orchestra Institute

July 27:  Final Summer Orchestra Institute concert in Jordan Hall, 7pm

July 28: Resident students move out of the Residence Hall

Refund Policy:

  • Full refund if withdrawn more than 90 days before program begins
  • 75% refund if withdrawn 90-61 days before program begins 
  • 50% refund if withdrawn 60-46 days before program begins
  • 25% refund if withdrawn 45-31 days before program begins
  • No refund if withdrawn after June 15
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There are no excerpts for Bass, Harp and Tuba. 

Tuition & Registration

We welcome ages 13 to 18 intermediate to advanced-level strings, brass, winds, harp, and percussion by audition only. Students are accepted from all over the U.S. and abroad.

2019 Tuition and Fees

Tuition: $1,795

Registration Fee: $40

Fees include all rehearsals, masterclasses, coachings, a t-shirt and a final performance in the historic New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall.  Both residential students and day participants are welcome!


We are happy to offer on-campus housing in New England Conservatory’s new Residence Hall!

Housing Cost: $1475