Youth Symphony

 

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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. 

Rehearsals: Saturday, 3:15 - 6:00 PM

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Repertoire

Repertoire highlights for 2020-21 include:

Beethoven: Symphony No. 8

W.G. Still: Symphony No. 1

Repertoire highlights for 2019-20 included:

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

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 placement into YS, all students will take a seating audition. Seating audition information is sent to all registered YS students. The deadline for submitting your seating audition to Embark is August 20.

Calendar

September 11

September 18

September 25

October 2

October 9

October 16

October 23

October 30 - Concert

November 6

November 13

November 20

November 27 - No Rehearsal

December 4

December 11

December 18 - Concert

 

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 17 - Dress Rehearsal

6:00-9:00 Jordan Hall

May 19 - Concert

Attendance

  • 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 YS@necmusic.edu or to Maria D'Ambrosio at Maria.DAmbrosio@necmusic.edu
  • Read our full attendance policy here: https://necmusic.edu/prep/absence-requests

 

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, YS members can also contact the YS student manager.