Welcome to NEC's Prep Voice Department and our community of young singers, their families and our expert faculty! We offer private instruction, preparatory voice classes for younger singers and a full curriculum of classes and ensemble opportunities for intermediate to advanced young singers. Our program offers training and performance opportunities for singers interested in exploring the vocal arts from classical to jazz. We're here to support young singers in their vocal development and offer information and education for their parents and families on vocal training, vocal health and career paths that can begin with voice study.
At NEC Prep Voice Department, we welcome all students who love to sing and want to learn more! Our Saturday program brings together many different students from around the state and beyond to share their excitement for music-making and singing. Feel free to take some time learning about our program on this page and don't forget to read about our wonderful Voice Faculty. Consider joining us to explore the power of your own voice! Please let us know if we can answer any questions you may have along the way.
Dr. Jennifer Sgroe, Voice Department Chair
"Truly to sing, that is a different breath." - Rainer Maria Rilke
Private lessons of 30, 45, and 60 minutes are offered for Voice. Prospective voice students must set up an audition or placement interview with Dr. Jennifer Sgroe, Department Chair, who will advise each student personally regarding an appropriate studio teacher placement. For more information on the benefits of taking private lessons here at NEC, please see our private instruction page.
We offer private lessons for young singers, beginning at age 12 or 13 (at the discretion of Dr. Sgroe). For lessons for students under 12 or 13, please see the Preparatory Voice class for Young Singers as described below.
For information on teacher placement interviews and scheduling, click here. For assistance, please contact Ana Lorenzo, Department Coordinator at (617) 585-1131 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Preparatory Voice Class for Young Singers
Sarah Houghton, instructor
This class offers beginning level group instruction in singing for students aged 7 - 13 as preparation for private lessons. Singers learn about the basics of vocal training through age-appropriate vocal exercises and song preparation, building healthy vocal habits within a supportive and fun group setting. Singers learn how to prepare and present solo songs through coaching and performance in class. This class will culminate in an end of semester recital. This class is offered in two sections by level.
Beginner: Saturdays 12:15 - 1:00 pm
Intermediate: Saturdays 1:00 - 1:45 pm
Lyric Diction for Singers
Jennifer Sgroe, instructor
An introductory course in lyric diction for singers that will include a study of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Fall Semester will cover English and Italian diction; Spring Semester will cover French and German diction.
Text: The Singer’s Manual of English Diction – Madeleine Marshall (Schirmer); A Handbook of Diction for Singers: Italian, German, French – David Adams (Oxford University Press). Foreign language dictionaries as advised by the instructor.
Saturday, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Full Academic Year
NEC Preparatory School offers a number of different choral experiences:
- Youth Chorale is a full SATB choir for high school students, admission is by audition.
- Youth Camerata is a smaller SATB choir comprised of members of the Youth Chorale, selected by audition.
- Young Women's Chorale is a select intermediate ensemble comprised of sopranos and altos in grades 8-10.
- The Children's Chorus program includes three groups for singers with unchanged treble voices: Preparatory Chorus, Children's Chorus, and Chamber Chorus.
Chorus Audition Information
The NEC Prep Choral Program holds auditions each May for the following academic year. We begin scheduling May auditions in March of each year. To sign up for a May audition, click here. For those admitted into the choral program, placements auditions are held in early September. Additional entrance auditions may be held in the Fall, on a space availability basis only. For more information about Fall auditions or to sign up for an audition, please call (617) 585-1160 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For audition requirements, click here.