Steven Karidoyanes conducts the NEC Preparatory School's Youth Symphony with soloist Zlatomir Fung, (New England Conservatory Prep '16) cello, in a performance of Tchaikovsky's "Variations on a Rococo Theme". Recorded November 11, 2013 in NEC's Jordan Hall.
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
The NEC Youth Symphony, conducted by Steven Karidoyanes, perform Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter Overture on May 27, 2010 in NEC's Jordan Hall.
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:
All YS students will take a seating audition during the NEC Prep placement weekend, September 9 - 10, 2017. Accepted students can schedule their seating audition here.
- Prepared the posted orchestral excerpts (found below)
- Prepare two contrasting solo pieces OR two contrasting movements from the same work. One piece/movement should be fast and technical; the other, slow and lyrical. Please be sure to prepare two contrasting pieces or movements, not one piece or movement with two contrasting sections.
YS Seating Excerpts 2017 Violin
YS Seating Excerpts 2017 Viola
YS Seating Excerpts 2017 Cello
YS Seating Excerpts 2017 Bass
YS Seating Excerpts 2017 Piccolo
YS Seating Excerpts 2017 Flute
YS Seating Excerpts 2017 Clarinet
YS Seating Excerpts 2017 Oboe
YS Seating Excerpts 2017 Bassoon
YS Seating Excerpts 2017 French Horn
YS Seating Excerpts 2017 Trumpet
YS Seating Excerpts 2017 Trombone
YS Seating Excerpts 2017 Tuba
YS Seating Excerpts 2017 - Timpani & Percussion
For Current Students
For information on how to report an absence, please click here.
2017 - 2018 YS Season Calendar
Still have questions?
Contact Christine Witmer, Program Manager for Senior Orchestras at (617) 585-1356.
During the academic year, YS members can also contact the YS student manager or call (617) 585-1160.