History

The New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) provides talented young musicians with orchestral and related music education experiences that enable them to reach their highest potential as performers and listeners. The mission of NJYS is to advance excellence and education in music and the other performing arts.

NJYS, New Jersey’s Premier Youth Symphony Organization:

  • began in 1979 with an orchestra of 65 high school students and now serves 400 auditioned musicians grades 3 to 12 from 78 communities with an integrated continuum of three full orchestras, three string orchestras, two flute choirs and a summer camp
  • performs over 30 concerts (ranging from major orchestral works to specially commissioned music from New Jersey composers) annually during the September to May Concert Period under the baton of rising conductors distinguished in their craft
  • offers chamber music and musicianship training, master classes with prominent area musicians, sectional coaching, performance with renowned guest artists
  • performed at NJPAC, Carnegie Hall, and Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center) and in European countries such as Belgium, England, Hungary, and Poland
  • provides community service concerts for senior citizens at extended care venues, outreach concerts at schools for developmentally disabled children, as well as at elementary schools to help develop audiences of the future
  • prepares students for conservatories and universities such as Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Juilliard, Manhattan School, Indiana University, Peabody, New England Conservatory, Eastman, and University of Michigan
  • is the only youth symphony organization in New Jersey that receives funding from the New Jersey State Arts Council; received the Council’s “Award of Excellence” for 2000 – 2003
  • is supported by the following major sponsors, a portion of whose funding supports student scholar-ships: AT&T, Burgdorff, Chubb Corporation, IBM, J .P. Morgan Chase, Johnson & Johnson, Lucent Technologies, Merck, Merrill Lynch and Prudential Financial

570 Central Avenue
New Providence, NJ 07974
Tel. (908) 771-5544
Fax. (908) 771-9839
E-mail: office@njys.org
www.njys.org

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