Summer Orchestra Institute (SOI)

July 16 - July 30, 2023

NEC Summer Orchestra Institute (SOI) is a two-week full symphony orchestra program, open to intermediate to advanced-level strings, brass, winds, and percussion students between the ages of 13-18. Program activities include full orchestral rehearsals, sectional rehearsals, chamber music reading/coaching sessions, masterclasses, workshops, mock auditions, individual practice time, and two concerts in NEC's historic Jordan Hall. Please note: students must be 14 years old on July 1, 2023 to participate in the program as an on-campus boarding student.

The Summer Orchestra Institute (SOI) experience emphasizes intensive musical preparation, with special focus on concentration, practice and performance techniques, interpretation, phrasing, and general musicianship. Students will also develop communication and leadership skills through their musical collaborations, learning the joy of music making while developing lasting friendships. Musical off-campus trips are scheduled throughout the two-week session.

Faculty* for the 2023 program include: 

  • Nathaniel Efthimiou, Guest Conductor, Week 1
  • Sameer Patel, Guest Conductor, Week 2
  • Marielisa Alvarez, Violin
  • Gregory Newton, Bassoon
  • Jackie Bartling-John, Flute
  • Camden Ward, Oboe
  • Ryan Yure, Clarinet
  • Burt Mason, Low Brass
  • Stanford Thompson, Trumpet
  • Ina Zdorovetchi, Harp

*Additional faculty confirmations forthcoming.

For answers to questions regarding Summer Orchestra Institute (SOI), the application, or anything further, please contact our team at!



Audition Requirements and Suggested Excerpt List

Application Portal


Important application Deadlines

Priority Application Deadline: February 17, 2023

Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2023

Results sent: beginning the week of March 15, 2023

Due Date for Financial Aid Application and Initial Deposit: April 1, 2023

Full Payments Due: May 1, 2023

Seating Auditions Due: June 15, 2023


summer orchestra institute (Soi) Program information and faculty

Daily Schedule

2023 Workshop and Course Highlights:

College Audition Preparation | Score Study Seminars | Music Theory | Musicology | Art of Practice & Performance | Mock Audition | Contemporary Improvisation | Chamber Music

Please check back soon for more information regarding guest conductors, faculty, and repertoire for Summer Orchestra Institute 2023! To join our mailing list for more information when available, please email


summer orchestra institute (soi) Tuition and fees

Application Fee: $40

Tuition: $1950 (Please note: initial deposit of $600 due April 1, 2023)

Housing: $1680 (Double rooms, includes full meal plan); Additional $200 for single room

*Students have the option of choosing to be a day student or boarding student in our state of the art NEC dormitory located in the heart of Boston. Additional evening activities are planned for boarding students.*

Day Student Lunch Fee: $150

Health Fee: $80


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Summer orchestra institute (soi) Vaccination policies

NEC requires documentation of up to date COVID-19 vaccinations (completion of the primary series plus one booster vaccination when eligible) for all students (ages 5 and older) who are studying on campus. The COVID-19 vaccination requirement is critical for NEC to maintain an environment of in-person teaching and learning. Students who fail to submit this documentation, unless a religious or medical exemption has been approved or there is a valid reason that it is not possible to receive the vaccine (e.g. a student living in a country where there is not access to a vaccine), may be prohibited from attending in-person courses and denied access to NEC facilities, including classrooms and performance spaces. If you have questions regarding this requirement, please be in touch with us at 617-585-1160 or Please note that our COVID-19 policies are subject to change.

Students requesting a medical or religious exemption for Summer Orchestra Institute (SOI) from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement must complete a vaccine exemption form and submit it electronically through the NEC Prep secure email portal on or before March 1, 2023.  Families can request the vaccine exemption form by emailing Medical exemption requests must be verified by the student’s primary care or specialty care provider.  The Director of Health Services and relevant administrators in the NEC Prep Office will review requests for exemption and may consult with other relevant administrators as necessary. Students will be notified whether or not the request is approved.

Summer Orchestra Institute Concert