NEC Preparatory School Youth Chorale & Children's Chorus

NEC: Jordan Hall | Directions

290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA
United States

Please join us for the first performance of the academic year for the NEC Youth Chorale, directed by Erica J. Washburn,  and the NEC Children's Chorus, directed by Laura Nevitt.  The program will conclude with a joint performance, conducted by Calvin Isaac Wamser '24 MM.

  • NEC Children's Chorus
  • NEC Youth Chorale
  1. George Frideric Handel (arr. Henry Kihlken) | Give Thanks and Praise

    NEC Children's Chorus

    • Sarah Tindall, cello
    • Chris Lockman, piano
  2. Daniel Kantor | Night of Silence

    NEC Children's Chorus

    • Sarah Tindall, cello
    • Chris Lockman, piano
  3. Ralph Vaughan Williams | The Singers

    NEC Children's Chorus

    • Chris Lockman, piano
  4. Angolan Folk Song (arr. Eliot Z. Levine) | O, Desayo

    NEC Children's Chorus

    • Doyeon Kim, percussion
    • Chris Lockman, piano
  5. Mike Neumeyer | Freezing Snow (2021)

    NEC Youth Chorale

    • Doyeon Kim, marimba
  6. Nicholas Myers | The Winter's Night

    NEC Youth Chorale

  7. Charles V. Stanford | The Blue Bird

    NEC Youth Chorale
    NEC Children's Chorus

    • Clara Van de Velde, Abigail Bilodeau, Ashley Chen, soprano soloists
    • Calvin Isaac Wamser '24 MM, conductor
  8. Sarah Quartel | A Winter Day (2016)

    NEC Youth Chorale

    Timid Star
    A Winter's Dawn
    Into Morning
    A Winter's Day
    Snow Toward Evening

    • Sarah Tindall, cello
    • Da-Yu Liu, piano
  9. NEC Children's Chorus and Youth Chorale

    NEC Preparatory School Children’s Chorus
    Laura Nevitt, director
    Lena Wong ’25 MM, student manager
    Chris Lockman, rehearsal accompanist


    Rosie Bateman
    Nina Dundas
    Eliza Gastrock

    Virginia Goldenheim
    Julian Hirshfield
    Savannah Kaminsky
    Johanna Lam
    Olivia Lam
    Ivy Liao

    Rachel Ma
    Elyza Oglice
    Esthera Oglice
    Victoria Paramova
    Emily Peng
    William Peng
    Jai Sathiraju
    Keira Shao
    Judá Soto
    Jessica Tang
    Adam Zhang
    Sam Zhou

    Laura Nevitt is a conductor, composer, and educator based in Boston. She is Founder and Artistic Director of Lilith Vocal Ensemble, Children’s Chorus Director at NEC Prep, Associate Conductor at Voices Boston Children’s Choir, a Teaching Artist with Boston Lyric Opera and Handel & Haydn Society, and Music Director at First Parish UU in Needham, MA, where she is also Artistic Director of the newly formed “To The Fore” Concert Series, focused on bringing historically marginalized voices to the forefront.
            As a composer, Laura is especially passionate about giving voice and space to gender marginalized musicians and poets through choral and vocal music. Their compositions have been performed by musicians across the country, including the Handel & Haydn Society Youth Choruses, Choral Arts Initiative, the Evelyn Duo, Voices Boston Children’s Choir, Boston Conservatory Choir, Nightingale Vocal Ensemble, Lilith Vocal Ensemble, BRACE New Music Choir, the UofSC Concert Choir, and the Choir of Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church in Cambridge.

    NEC Preparatory School Youth Chorale
    Erica J. Washburn, director
    Calvin Isaac Wamser ’24 MM, student manager and assistant conductor
    Da-Yu Liu, rehearsal accompanist

    Abigail Bilodeau
    Ashley Chen
    Hannah Goodwin
    Bailee Green
    Esther Jin
    Maggie King
    Lindsay Kwon
    Darya Leschiner
    Madeline Lytton
    Claire Park
    Alla Petrosyan
    Adam Pinto
    Mia Snorek-Yates
    Elin Thomas
    Natalie Tulipani
    Clara Van de Velde
    Calvin Isaac Wamser
    Ariel Wang
    Mary Wang
    Maximilian Wood
    Nicholas Ying
    Christopher Yoo
    Henri Youmans

    Eddie Zhou
    Kevin Zhou

    Conductor and mezzo-soprano Erica J. Washburn has been Director of Choral Activities at New England Conservatory since 2009.  Known for her student-centric approach to classroom and rehearsal instruction, and commitment to the performance of new music, she is the recipient of several outstanding alumni awards, including the distinguished honor of induction to the Westminster Choir College Music Education Hall of Fame.
            As a conductor, Washburn has worked with Kansas City, MO based Cardinalis, the Yale Schola Cantorum, the East Carolina University Women’s Chorale, and the Eastman Women’s Chorus. She is a sought-after guest clinician who frequently leads
    state and regional festival choruses, and spent five summers as a conductor and voicefaculty member for the New York State Summer School of the Arts School of ChoralStudies.
           Under her direction the NEC choirs have been featured on several live and pre-recorded broadcasts, including the North Carolina based station WCPE Great Sacred Music, WICN Public Radio, and WGBH Boston. The choirs can also be heard in collaboration with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project on the BMOP/Sound recording Paul Moravec:The Blizzard Voices and, most recently, with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Boston Symphony Orchestra on their Deutsche Grammophon recording of Shostakovich Symphony No. 13 (released on October 20).
           Washburn’s stage credits include appearances as Madame Lidoine in Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, Rebecca Nurse in Robert Ward’s The Crucible, Mother/Allison in the premiere of Lee Hoiby’s This is the Rill Speaking and others. Her recital and orchestral solo credits are numerous, and her live premiere from Jordan Hall of the late Richard Toensing’s Night Songs and Evening Prayers with the New England Conservatory Symphonic Winds can be heard on Albany Records.