Youth Chorale & Camerata

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

Carey Shunskis, Director

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

The ensemble performs frequently in NEC's Jordan Hall and other regional venues. The Youth Chorale often has the opportunity to perform with instrumental ensembles of various sizes, and in recent years it 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, the Youth Chorale offers young singers the opportunity to experience and perform the masterworks of the choral repertoire at an exceptionally high level. Recent concert programs have featured works such as the Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes, Mahler's Symphony No. 2 ("Ressurrection"), the Mozart Missa Brevis in F, K.192, and the Bernstein Chichester Psalms.

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. In February 2017, YC toured to Italy.

Youth Chorale Rehearsals: Saturday, 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Camerata Rehearsals: Saturday, 4:45 – 5:45 PM

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

Chorus Audition Information

The NEC Prep Choruses hold auditions each May for the following academic year. We begin scheduling May auditions in March of each year.

Click here to sign up for a Spring Chorus Audition!

2018-2019 Concerts

Sunday, November 11, 2018
Youth Chorale performs Bernstein's West Side Story with the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra 
4:00 PM, Kresge Auditorium at MIT 

Sunday, February 10, 2019
All Chorus Concert 
2:00 PM, Jordan Hall 

Thursday, May 23, 2019
Youth Chorale, Camerata, and Young Women's Chorale with the String Chamber Orchestra 
7:30 PM, Jordan Hall

For Current Students


2018 - 2019 Youth Chorale Calendar

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2018 - 2019 Camerata Calendar

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Attendance is required at all regularly scheduled classes, rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and performances. The full attendance policy may be reviewed here.

Still have questions?

Please contact Cassandra McBride, Program Manager or call the Prep Office at (617) 585-1160.