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.

2022-2023 Rehearsal Schedule: Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:45 pm, starting October 6, 2022.


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

Students will be able to audition for the choruses on our online application system, opening in March 2022. Please visit our Spring Auditions page for more information.

2022-2023 Calendar

Complete Schedule

Concert Dates:

Friday, December 16, 2022

Friday, May 26, 2023


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

Still have questions?

Please Adam Kohlbus, Large Ensembles Manager, or call the Prep Office at (617) 585-1160.