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. 

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

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Highlights for 2021-2022 include:

Price: Symphony No. 3

Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2


Highlights for 2020-21 included:

Beethoven: Symphony No. 8

W.G. Still: Symphony No. 1


Highlights for 2019-20 included:

Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite

Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 in E minor

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor

Placement and Seating Audition Information

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. More information will be coming soon!

2022-2023 Calendar

Complete Schedule

Dress Rehearsals and Concert Dates:

Tuesday, November 8, 2022 (Dress Rehearsal: Sunday, November 6, 7-10 pm)

Tuesday, January 31, 2023 (Dress Rehearsal will be determined soon)

Thursday, May 18, 2023 (Dress Rehearsal: Tuesday, May 16, 6-9 pm)


  • 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
  • Read our full attendance policy here: