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, Sander's 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 Spain on a 7 day performance tour, performing in Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, and Granada. 

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

Featured Media

2018-2019 Concert Schedule

Thursday, November 8, 2018
7:30 PM in Jordan Hall

Sunday, January 27, 2019
8:00 PM in Jordan Hall

YS Tour to Italy
February 16 - 23, 2019

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
7:30 PM in Jordan Hall


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


Repertoire highlights for 2017-18 included:

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1

Franck: Symphony in D 

Placement and Seating Audition Information

Placement auditions for YS are held in the spring for the following year. Additional audition times may be available in the fall for any remaining openings.

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. Information regarding the 2019-2020 auditions will be available August 1, 2019.


YPO 2018 2019 Rehearsal Calendar

View full PDF


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

Still have questions?

Contact Laura Mixter, Large Ensemble Coordinator, 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.