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NEC Preparatory School National Youth Chorale Festival (Online!)

Starts September 10, 2020
Thursday Nights, 7-8pm EST

Bringing the NEC conservatory experience directly to your home, this exciting, new 14-week online fall festival is designed to provide a multifaceted experience for choristers, gaining knowledge and experience in

  • improving their sense of individual responsibility within a larger ensemble
  • learning tips to stay in the best physical and vocal health as possible
  • working on fundamental skills such as rhythm, solfege, harmonic and melodic progressions, and phrasing
  • collaborating with other like-minded students their own age in a virtual environment

In addition, choristers will have the opportunity to participate in group classes with special guests, featuring:

  • Dr. Anthony Maglione, Director of Choral Activities at William Jewell College
  • Jason Alexander Holmes, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Cincinnati Boychoir
  • Vanessa Mulvey, Body Mapping Specialist and Flutist
  • Zach Schwartz, NEC Assistant Director of Admissions & Financial Aid and Saxophonist

At the conclusion of the webinar-styled festival, choristers will gather one last time in their Zoom rehearsal space to view a virtual performance of their work, and share meaningful dialogue surrounding their experiences and accomplishments.

Enrollment Requirements

  • The Festival is open to all students in the United States between the ages of 15-18, via pre-recorded video audition.
  • Students should have access to consistent high-speed internet service, as well as a computer and/or tablet and headphones/earbuds.

Learn more by visiting the NEC Prep National Youth Chorale Festival Website

Invite your friends!

The festival is open to all students in the United States between the ages of 15-18. Forward this email to all your friends that can join you online this fall to make music together.

How to Apply

Please request an application by contacting us via email or phone


Please contact the Prep Office by emailing us at [email protected] or by calling at 617-585-1160.

Conductor: Erica Washburn

Conductor and mezzo-soprano Erica 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 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 voice faculty member for the New York State Summer School of the Arts School of Choral Studies.

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.

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 can be heard on Albany Records, with the New England Conservatory Symphonic Winds.

Have questions?

Members of our Prep team are happy to answer them! You can email them at [email protected] or call us at 617-585-1160

NEC Prep Summer Virtual Office Hours

Monday – Friday: 9 AM – 5 PM
Saturday-Sunday: Closed


Email: [email protected]
Phone: (617) 585-1160
Fax: (617) 585-1135

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