The New England Repertory Orchestra (NERO) project is an endeavor that hopes to provide professional training experiences for students and recent graduates in the Boston area.
NERO was recently recognized as the 2014 Third Prize winner of The American Prize in Orchestral Performance - college/university division.
Initiated in the fall of 2010, the project aims to provide invaluable opportunities for young musicians to:
1. Gain experience performing standard orchestral repertoire
2. Gain experience performing standard concertos as soloists with a full orchestra
3. Prepare orchestral performances within a limited rehearsal schedule simulating that of a professional orchestra
4. Engage in a vibrant professional networking environment with a large network of musicians from all over Boston
NERO's repertoire strives toward wholesome diversity in style, genre, and ensemble size. The repertoire has ranged from ambitious symphonic works (such as Mahler's Fourth Symphony, Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, and Elgar's "Enigma" Variations) to large-scale collaborations (such as Mozart's Requiem) to intimate chamber works (such as Golijov's Last Round, Mozart's C minor Serenade, and Stravinsky's "Dumbarton Oaks" Concerto).
Guided by the dedicated leadership of its conductor Tiffany Chang, NERO continues to thrive on musicians' interest and enthusiasm for its purpose and its repertoire. Its unique opportunities have attracted and retained over 300 young musicians and 30 soloists.
No two NERO concerts share the identical roster. This fluidity allows for increased opportunities for musicians to serve leadership roles and generates an unique group dynamic for each concert.
Each concert is typically prepared through four two-hour rehearsals, providing a challenging structure that prepares young musicians for the rigors and expectations of professional orchestral careers.