Please review the specific audition requirements below for each audition type.

Choruses

Orchestras

Wind Ensembles

Youth Jazz Orchestra

Choruses

Children's Choruses

All new students are required to audition at this time. Returning students who wish to remain in the same chorus do not need to audition. Students wishing to change choruses are required to audition at this time. Boys with changing voices should audition in the fall.

The Children's Chorus auditions serve more as a placement meeting. This gives the director a chance to meet students and recommend the appropriate level for children's chorus here at NEC.

Each student will have an individual meeting (or audition) to determine the proper placement. Age and grade are taken into consideration for placement, but are not the main determinants. Students should come prepared to sing one or two songs of their choice. No accompanist is required. Folk songs, Happy Birthday or anything else the student is comfortable singing are all acceptable.

Youth Chorale & Camerata

Grades 9-12 as of September 2014.

Only new students are required to audition. Returning students will receive invitations to return in June and can confirm their positions at that time.

Prepare 2 pieces of your choice: one in English and one in a foreign language.
If applicable, please bring a copy of the piano part for the accompanist who will be available for the audition.
There will be sight-reading at the audition.

Young Women's Chorale

Grades 7-9 as of September 2014.

Only new students are required to audition. Returning students will receive invitations to return in June and can confirm their positions at that time.

Prepare 2 pieces of your choice.
If applicable, please bring a copy of the piano part for the accompanist who will be available for the audition.
There will be sight-reading at the audition.

Orchestras & Baroque Ensembles

All new students and returning students are recommended to audition every spring. The below orchestra audition requirements are the same for both our main orchestra track and our baroque ensembles. Returning orchestra students currently playing in an orchestra can choose not to audition in the spring if they would like to return to the same ensemble they are currently playing with. All Baroque Ensemble students need to reaudition each year.

Students who are particularly interested in the senior orchestras (Youth Symphony and Youth Philharmonic Orchestra) should also prepare the optional orchestra excerpts listed here: Senior Orchestra Excerpts.

String, Wind, Brass and Harp Players

Prepare two solo works or two movements from the same work that represent contrasting styles.
Students will also be asked to sight-read and should be prepared to play 2 scales of their choice.

When choosing your solo pieces please keep the following in mind. This usually means a fast, technical piece and a slower, more lyrical piece. Due to limited audition time, students may be stopped before the end of a piece. Audition pieces should be pieces the student knows well, which demonstrate his/her range of technical abilities and musicianship. The advice and help of the student’s private teacher should be requested in determining and preparing appropriate pieces for the audition.

Students who are particularly interested in the senior orchestras (Youth Symphony and Youth Philharmonic Orchestra) should also prepare the optional orchestra excerpts listed here: Senior Orchestra Excerpts.

Percussion/Percussion Ensemble

Students should prepare three pieces: one on timpani, one on snare and one on mallets. Please note that when you sign up for the auditions you are only able to enter two pieces in the form, but percussion students should still be prepared to play three different pieces. Students who are particularly interested in the senior orchestras (Youth Symphony and Youth Philharmonic Orchestra) should also prepare the optional orchestra excerpts listed here: Senior Orchestra Excerpts.

Youth Philharmonic Orchestra Auditions/Callbacks 

This audition is an opportunity to play live in front of Hugh Wolff and David Loebel. There are two ways to become eligible for a YPO audition. If you are a member of YS or have previously had a YPO audition, you will automatically be invited for a YPO audition. All other students must first audition for an orchestra audition and then selected students will be advanced to this final round audition.

In addition to the standard orchestra audition requirements (two solos and scales), students will be asked to prepare the senior orchestras audition excerpts. Excerpts are posted here: senior orchestra excerpts. We recommend that students particularly interested in either YS or YPO prepare these excerpts.

Wind Ensembles

Senior Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble

Grades 10-12 as of September 2014. New and returning students are required to audition.

Auditions Requirements: Students should prepare two contrasting pieces at the All-State level. Additionally students should be prepared to play scales up to 4 flats and 4 sharps plus a chromatic scale. There may be sight-reading at the audition.

Junior Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble

Grades 7-10 as of September 2014. New and returning students are required to audition.

Auditions Requirements: Students should prepare two contrasting pieces at the Junior District Level. Additionally students should be prepared to play scales up to 3 flats and 3 sharps plus a chromatic scale. There may be sight-reading at the audition.

Youth Jazz Orchestra

New and returning students are required to audition each year.
Prepare a jazz piece of any sort, including (but not limited to) a part you played in your school band or other ensemble. If possible, please bring extra copies of music for the rhythm section (piano, bass, and drums), who will be prepared to accompany the audition. Students who have experience improvising should demonstrate that, but it is not a requirement. There will be sight-reading at the audition.

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LIFE IS A LOT LIKE JAZZ. IT'S BEST WHEN YOU IMPROVISE. GEORGE GERSHWIN