NEC Summer Orchestra Institute


NEC Summer Orchestra Institute

July 16 - 31, 2022

Rebecca Bogers, Artistic Director

This in-person two-week ensemble program is open to intermediate to advanced-level strings, winds, brass, harp and percussion between the age of 13-18. Daily activities include orchestral rehearsals, sectional rehearsals, coaching sessions, masterclasses, group reflections on progress and individual practice time. Private lessons will also be available for student to sign up for.

The NEC Summer Orchestra Institute (NEC 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. Students have the option of choosing to be a day student or residential student. Additional evening activities are planned for residential students.

For updates on our current Covid-19 and Vaccination policies, please read more here on our website

Please contact regarding any questions.

Program Highlights

  • In-person music making with peers and superb faculty!
  • Intensive 2-week session
  • Full-time faculty lead ensemble and individual coaching
  • String, woodwind, brass, percussion and harp coaches
  • Daily sectionals with coaches and ensemble rehearsals
  • Final showcase concert in NEC’s Jordan Hall

NEC 2022 Repertoire Highlights

  • Kenji Bunch: Supermaximum

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Hiawatha Overture

  • Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 8

  • Sergei Prokofiev: Cinderella Suite No. 1

2022 Tuition and Fees

  • Application Fee: $40 
  • Tuition: $1885
  • Registration Fee: $50 (non-refundable) 
  • Health Fee: $80 
  • Housing Fee (Optional): $1620

Contact to request an SOI Scholarship Application

Application Process


There is a $40 application fee. If you have questions about the program, auditions requirements or the application please email or call 617-585-1160. 

NEC SOI will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis until all of our spaces have been filled.

Start your Application Here!



You will need to provide one recommendation letter as part of your application. The recommender should be your most recent private teacher (or a music teacher or ensemble director). 

The application system will send the recommender an email to register and complete the recommendation via the online system. This process will happen as soon as you enter the contact information and save your application; you do not need to submit the application for your recommenders to be notified. You will be able to check the status of your recommendation on your application. 

The recommendation letter is due on the same day as the application deadline of February 18. We encourage you to add the recommender information as soon as it is confirmed to allow the recommender time to complete the letter prior to the deadline.


Each piece must be performed in a single, unedited take with no accompaniment. Each piece should be submitted as a separate file and clearly labeled with the composer's name, title of work, and movement (if applicable). It is not necessary to submit a professionally produced recording. Applicants should make sure that proper lighting is used and that the camera shows full range of movement and use of instrument. The following file types are supported: MPEG, MPG, MP4, MOV, AVI, WMV, M4V, VOB. 


  1. A scale of your choice
  2. Two contrasting solos/movements of your choice
  3. A standard orchestral excerpt of your choice

Important Dates

  • December 1, 2021:  Application available online
  • April Deadline Extended:  Registration (for both tuition and housing + the $50 Registration Fee + $80 Covid Testing Fee)
  • July 16: Boarding student move-in
  • July 17: First day of Program
  • July 30: Final day of Program
  • July 31: Boarding students move-out date

Contact to request an SOI Scholarship Application

Tuition Refund Policy:

  • Full refund if withdrawn more than 90 days before program begins
  • 75% refund if withdrawn 90-61 days before program begins 
  • 50% refund if withdrawn 60-46 days before program begins
  • 25% refund if withdrawn 45-31 days before program begins
  • No refund if withdrawn within 30 days of the program start date
Sameer Patel, photo
Sameer Patel, NEC SOI Guest Conductor, Week 1
Kalena Bolvell, photo
Kalena Bovell, NEC SOI Guest Conductor, Week 2