Youth Repertory Orchestra


Cynthia Woods, Conductor

Youth Repertory Orchestra (YRO) is open by audition to upper intermediate pre-college string, woodwind, brass and percussion players. Students placed in YRO are expected to be able to play with solid intonation and good tone quality, a variety of dynamics, and are comfortable carrying their part independently while blending with the ensemble. While orchestral assignments are made by level, not age, most members of YRO are in grades 8-12.

Rehearsals: Saturday, 1:10 - 3:00 PM


2020-2021 Repertoire highlights include:

Rossini: Barber of Seville

Beethoven: Coriolan Overture

2019-2020 Repertoire highlights included:

Dvořák: Carnival Overture

Mozart: Overture from The Magic Flute

Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Overture

2018-19 Repertoire highlights included:

Dvořák: Vodnik

Saint-Saëns: Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila

Smetana: Vltava

Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C major

Weber: Overture to Der Freischutz

Placement and Seating Audition Information

NEC Prep will be reviewing all large ensemble auditions via video. For more information, please click here

Seating Audition Sign-up: After placement into YRO, all students will take a seating audition. Seating audition information is sent to all registered YRO students. The deadline for submitting your seating audition to Embark is August 20.


September 11

September 18

September 25

October 2

October 9

October 16

October 23

October 30

November 6

November 13

November 20 - Concert

November 27 - No Rehearsal

December 4

December 11

December 18


January 15

January 22

January 29

February 5

February 12 - No Rehearsal

February 19

February 26

March 5

March 12

March 19

March 26

April 2

April 9

April 16 - No Rehearsal

April 23

April 30

May 7

May 14

May 21

May 28

June 4

June 5 - Concert


  • Attendance is required at all regularly scheduled classes, rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and performances be it virtually or in-person. Students are expected to be ready to begin on-time. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each session.
  • Anyone arriving/logging-in more than 30 minutes late or leaving/logging-out 30 minutes early will be considered absent from the entire rehearsal or class.
  • No more than 3 absences per semester are allowed and notice must be given at least two weeks prior by submitting an Absence Request Form to the NEC Prep offices. Absence request forms can be submitted to the Ensemble Manager at or to Adam Kohlbus, Large Ensemble Manager at
  • Read our full attendance policy here:

Still have questions?

Contact Adam Kohlbus, Large Ensemble Manager, by email, or call the NEC Prep hotline at  (617) 585-1160.

During the academic year, YRO members can also contact the YRO student manager.