Aldo Abreu, Director

This small ensemble is open by audition to upper intermediate string players.  This ensemble, which occasionally includes advanced recorder players, specializes in music from the Baroque and Renaissance periods by composers such as Purcell, Schmelzer, Rosenmuller, Woodcock, Vivaldi and Corelli.  The Recorder and String Orchestra participates in several masterclasses with renowned guest artists who specialize in Baroque Music. Past guests have included Julie McKenzie and Julie Leven.  Additionally, members of this group are able to audition for the opportunity to perform a Baroque concerto with the orchestra.  While orchestra assignments are made by level, not age, most members are in grades 3-11.

Baroque Ensembles range in size and offer a more intimate study than the larger orchestras. These chamber music size groups allow for one or just a few player(s) per part. This smaller group setting allows students to develop chamber music skills learning to listen to each other.

Rehearsals: Saturdays, 4 PM - 6 PM

2013-2014 Concerts

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 at 11 AM in Williams Hall

Sunday, June 1st, 2014 at 10:30 AM in Williams Hall

Audition Information

The NEC Prep Baroque Ensembles hold auditions each May for the following academic year. Baroque Ensemble auditions are not held for ensembles, rather students are placed into an orchestra based on their audition. We begin scheduling May auditions in March of each year. To sign up for a May audition, click here. Additional entrance auditions may be held in the Fall for select instruments, 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

For audition requirements, click here.

Absence Requests

For information on how to report an absence, please click here.

Still have questions?

E-mail the Preparatory School Office at or call (617) 585-1160.