Youth Chorale & Camerata

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Members of the NEC Youth Chorale talk about the chorus program, performance opportunities, and the community at NEC Prep.

Youth Chorale

Erica Washburn, conductor

The NEC Youth Chorale is a highly celebrated mixed chorus for advanced singers in grades 9-12.

This ensemble performs in NEC's Jordan Hall and other regional venues. In recent years the choir has shared the stage with the NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and Youth Symphony, as well as the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra. Comprised of students from the greater Boston area and beyond, Youth Chorale offers singers the opportunity to experience and perform masterworks and octavo selections of the choral repertoire at an exceptionally high level. Recent concert programs have featured works such as Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes, Haydn’s Missa in Augustiis (Lord Nelson Mass), Mozart’s Missa Brevis in F, K.192, and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.

2021-2022 Rehearsal Schedule: Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:45 pm, starting October 7, 2021.

Camerata (Not running in Fall 2021)

Erica Washburn, conductor

Camerata is highly advanced chamber subset of choristers, admittance is through audition only. All Camerata members are required to also participate within the larger Youth Chorale so that they may begin to understand the nuanced differences between symphonic and chamber chorister citizenship, as well as repertoire; from Medieval chant to 21st-century compositions, the majority of which is performed a cappella. Students in this ensemble seek a desire to work at an advanced level, and wish to understand the demands of fully professional vocal performers. 

Entrance into Youth Chorale is by audition only. Once students have been accepted in to Youth Chorale, they can audition in the fall for placement in Youth Camerata, a highly advanced ensemble comprised of SATB singers who are members of Youth Chorale.

Youth Chorale is a touring ensemble.

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New England Conservatory's Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and Youth Chorale, conducted by David Loebel, perform "Kyrie" from Haydn's Missa in Augustiis (the Lord Nelson Mass).

Chorus Audition Information

New this year, students will be able to audition for the choruses on our online application system. Please visit our Spring Auditions page for more information.

2019-2020 Concerts

November 22, 2019
Tourjée Singers, Youth Chorale, and Camerata 
7:00 pm, Church of the Covenant, Boston

December 6, 2019
Tourjée Singers with NEC College ensembles
7:00 pm, Church of the Covenant, Boston

April 15, 2020
Camerata with NEC Chamber Singers, NEC Concert Choir, NEC Philharmonic
7:30 pm, Symphony Hall

May 27, 2020
Tourjée Singers, Youth Chorale, and Camerata 
7:30 pm, Jordan Hall

June 4, 2020
Youth Chorale with Youth Philharmonic Orchestra
7:30 pm, Jordan Hall

For Current Students


2019-2020 Youth Chorale and Camerata Rehearsal Calendar

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Attendance is required at all regularly scheduled classes, rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and performances. Full attendance policy

Still have questions?

Please email Claudia Encinas, Large Ensembles Manager, or call the Prep Office at (617) 585-1160.