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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 Brown Hall 

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2017-2018 Concert Schedule

Sunday, November 5, 2017
7:30 PM in Jordan Hall

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
7:30 PM in Jordan Hall 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
8:00 PM in Jordan Hall


Repertoire highlights for 2017-18 include:

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1

Franck: Symphony in D 

Repertoire highlights for 2016-17 included:

Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"

Mozart: Symphony No. 40

Borodin: "Polovtsian Dances" from Prince Igor

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 Auditions Requirements:
After gaining admission to the ensemble, all YS students will take a seating audition during the seating audition weekend, Septemeber 7 - 9, 2018

Requirements for the seating audition will be posted during the summer of 2017. 

For Current Students

Absence Requests

For information on how to report an absence, please click here.


2017 - 2018 YS Season Calendar

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Still have questions?

Contact Christine Witmer, Assistant Director, at (617) 585-1356.

During the academic year, YS members can also contact the YS student manager or call (617) 585-1160.