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 in Burnes Hall


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

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

Seating Audition Sign-up: After gaining admission to the ensemble, all YRO students will take a seating audition.  Seating auditions occur in September. 


Module 1- ONLINE
August 29 – YRO Orientation 
Sept 4/5 Labor Day weekend - No YRO rehearsal
September 12 – Sectionals
September 19 - Sectionals
September 26 - Sectionals
October 3 – Beethoven Session
October 10 – Beethoven Session

October 17
October 24
October 31
November 7
November 14
November 21
November 28 - Thanksgiving - No YRO Rehearsal

o   Module 3 ONLINE/Masterclass Module
December 5
December 12
December 19 
December 26/Jan 9 - No YRO Rehearsal
January 16
January 23
January 30

o   Module 4 
February 6
February 13 – No YRO Rehearsal
February 20
February 27
March 6
March 13
March 20
March 27

o   Module 5 
April 3
April 10
April 17
April 24 – No YRO Rehearsal
May 1
May 8
May 15
May 22 


  • 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 1 excused absence per module will be 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 Maria D'Ambrosio at
  • Read our full attendance policy here:


Still have questions?

Contact Maria D'Ambrosio, 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.