Spring Large Ensemble Auditions
Every May, NEC Prep holds auditions for Large Ensemble placement for the following school year. For specific audition dates for this year please visit the spring dates page.
The audition type a student is eligible for is determined by the student’s grade in school and by the student’s instrument(s).
Choosing Spring Audition Types
For wind and brass players we recommend that students take both an orchestra audition and a MYWE (wind ensemble) audition. There are often limited spaces for wind and brass players in the large ensemble program and by auditioning for both wind ensemble and orchestra, there will be a greater chance that NEC will be able to admit the student to a group. Brass students are also encouraged to audition for Youth Brass Ensemble or Trombone Choir. Additionally, all students are eligible to audition for Baroque ensembles and/or choruses. Interested jazz students can also use this sign in to audition for the Youth Jazz Orchestra.
To find out more about specific audition types as well as their auditions dates and requirmenets use the links below:
Fall Large Ensemble Seating Auditions
Each fall, students who are already members of specific groups can use this site to sign up for their seating auditions. Limited openings for specific large ensembles may still be available for students who missed the Spring Auditions. To learn more about those opportunities, please visit the Apply to NEC Prep page.
Please note: Not all large ensembles require seating auditions. Please check the Fall Seating Audition dates page to learn more about your specific large ensemble.
What is a Fall Seating Audition?
Almost all orchestras require seating auditions. Seating auditions are for students who were placed in specific groups through the Spring Audition process. They are an opportunity for students to play directly for the conductor of their assigned group and are also used to determine seating and part(s) assignments for the coming school year. Each orchestra or large ensemble has specific audition requirements for their groups. Please visit the Fall Audition requirements page to review these specific Fall Seating Requirements for your group.
Still have questions about Large Ensembles?
Contact Lisa Husseini via email or call her at 617.585.1128.
NEC Prep Hotline at 617.585.1160 during office hours to speak with an available team member.
For information about Private Lessons, Chamber Music, Theory Placement, Piano Seminars, Fall Ensemble Entrance and all other placement auditions please visit the Apply to NEC Prep page.
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