Youth Symphony



Steven Karidoyanes, Director

The NEC Youth Symphony (YS) is composed of advanced young musicians, most between the ages of 13 and 18. Members are selected from hundreds of applicants through annual auditions. YS is open to advanced pre-college string, wind, percussion, brass and harp players.

As one of NEC's senior Preparatory School ensembles, the Youth Symphony has performed in NEC's Jordan Hall, Symphony Hall, Sanders Theatre, and the Boston Opera House in a collaboration with the Boston Ballet School.

This orchestra tours internationally every two years. In the summer of 2013, the Orchestra completed a 9-day tour of Costa Rica. In the summer of 2015, YS toured Ireland, including Galway, Derry/Londonderry, and Dublin culminating in a final performance in the National Concert Hall in Dublin—one of the premiere performance halls in Europe. Most recently, the Youth Symphony traveled to Italy on a 7-day performance tour, performing in Florence, Sienna, and Orvieto. We expect the next YS tour to occur in February of 2021. 

Rehearsals: Saturday, 3:15 - 6:00 PM in Burnes Hall 

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2019-2020 Concert Schedule

Monday, November 18, 2019
7:30 PM in Jordan Hall

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
7:30 PM in Jordan Hall

Thursday, May 14, 2020
7:30 PM in Jordan Hall


Repertoire highlights for 2019-20 include:

Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite

Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 in E minor

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor


Repertoire highlights for 2018-19 included:

Lili Boulanger: "D'un matin de printemps"

Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 in G Major

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5 "Reformation"

Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter overture

Wagner: Lohengrin Act III Prelude

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

Entrance Requirements: Open by audition to advanced players. Admission to YS is very selective. While orchestral assignments are made by level, not age, most members of YS are in grades 10-12.

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


YS Rehearsal Calendar 2019-20


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

Still have questions?

Contact Claudia Encinas, Large Ensembles Manager, by email, or call the NEC Prep hotline at  (617) 585-1160.

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