Summer Orchestra Institute

NEC Summer Orchestra Institute (SOI) is a four-week full symphony orchestra program, open to intermediate to advanced-level strings, brass, winds, and percussion students between the ages of 13-18. Students have the option to attend either one session for two weeks, or the full program for four weeks.

  • Session 1: July 7-20, 2024

  • Session 2: July 21-August 3, 2024

Program activities include full orchestral rehearsals, private lessons, sectional rehearsals, chamber music reading/coaching sessions, masterclasses, health & wellness seminars, eurythmics and professional development classes, individual practice time, and performance opportunities in NEC's historic Jordan Hall. Through a partnership with the Boston Festival Orchestra, students will also have the opportunity to play a side-by-side concert with the BFO.

Please note: students must be 13 years old on July 1, 2024 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. Off-campus trips and evening social activities are scheduled throughout the four-week session.


Applications for soi 2024 are now closed

Rolling admissions are still open for bassoon, viola, percussion, and double bass players. Please be in touch with our office directly to apply (


summer orchestra institute (soi) Tuition and fees

Application Fee: $40

Tuition: $1950 for one session (2 weeks), $3600 for both sessions (4 weeks)

Housing and Dining: $1680 per session

*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: $75 per week

Health Fee: $80


Financial aid opportunities are available for accepted students.

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


session 1 repertoire:

  • Holst, The Planets
  • Sibelius, Finlandia, op.26
  • Kaija Saariaho, Asteroid 4179: Toutatis
  • Rimsky-Korsakov, Capriccio espagnol
  • Clarice Assad, Sin Fronteras 

session 2 repertoire:

  • Dvorak, Slavonic Dance op. 72 no. 7
  • Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherezade
  • Debussy, Petite Suite
  • Florence Price, Colonial Dance
  • Borodin, Polovtsian Dances


Faculty for the 2024 program include: 



Alyssa Wang, Session 1 Conductor

Sameer Patel, Session 2 Conductor


String Faculty