• Register and complete any audition requirements before June 23 to ensure a spot in this program.

    Rehearsals: Wednesdays June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28
    Rehearsal time: 5-7 PM

    The NJSYO will offer Summer Chamber Ensemble to advanced string players ages 13 and up. This will be run by NJSYO Chamber Ensemble Conductor Leo Soeda. This program will be in person at the Middletown Arts Center.

    Audition will be required for any student not currently enrolled in the NJSYO Chamber Ensemble. You must email njsyo@njsyo.org to set up an audition before registering for this program. All auditions and registrations should be completed before June 23 in order to secure a spot in this program.

  • Complete any audition requirements and registration before June 30 in order to ensure a spot in this program.

    Mondays and Thursdays July 12- August 5 3:45-5:45 PM

    The NJSYO is offering a summer bridge program for high school students with our Symphonic Youth Orchestra (SYO) conductor Ben Ringer. The program will be offered outdoors at the Middletown Arts Center.

    Get back to making great music this summer with the SYO Summer Bridge Program! This program is open to high school students (including rising Freshmen) and will meet twice weekly on Monday and Thursday afternoons beginning July 12, 2021 and ending August 8, 2021. Students will rehearse in a mixed group of strings, winds/brass, and percussion in an outdoor setting. The program will conclude with a performance showcase for friends and family (date TBD).

    Audition will be required for any student not currently enrolled in the SYO. You must email njsyo@njsyo.org to set up an audition before registering for this program. All auditions and registrations should be completed before June 30 in order to secure a spot in this program.

  • Register before July 12 to ensure a spot in this program. Auditions are not required for participation.

    July 19-23 9:30-11:30 AM Daily

    The New Jersey State Youth Orchestra is offering a week-long program for beginning and intermediate players with Ms. Jennifer Brush and Mr. John Luckenbill, NJSYO woodwind, brass, and percussion specialists. This program is appropriate for students entering the 4th through 9th grades and students will be separated into groups based on ability. The program will meet outside under the tent at the Middletown Arts Center.

    Instruction will include:
    Developing technique and fundamentals
    Tone production
    Music literacy
    Solo performance skills
    Audition tips and sight reading strategies 
    Preparation for the upcoming school year!

  • Register before August 2 to ensure a spot in this program. Auditions are not required for participation.

    Meets August 9-13 9-10:15 AM daily

    The New Jersey State Youth Orchestra is offering a week-long program for beginner strings players with our Preparatory String Orchestra conductor, Ms. Chelsey Dokus.  This event will meet outside under the tent at the Middletown Arts Center.

    Instruction will include:
    Developing technique and fundamentals
    Tone production
    Music literacy
    Solo performance skills
    Audition tips and sight reading strategies 
    Preparation for the upcoming school year! 
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    Elementary Level
    Open to violinists, violists, cellists and bassists entering grades 3-5 with at least 6 months of experience on their instrument and the ability to play a one octave D major scale (recommended).

  • Register before August 2 to ensure a spot in this program. Auditions are not required for participation.

    Meets August 9-13 10:30 AM - 12 noon daily

    The New Jersey State Youth Orchestra is offering a week-long program for intermediate strings players our Preparatory String Orchestra conductor, Ms. Chelsey Dokus.  This event will meet outside under the tent at the Middletown Arts Center.

    Instruction will include:
    Developing technique and fundamentals
    Tone production
    Music literacy
    Solo performance skills
    Audition tips and sight reading strategies 
    Preparation for the upcoming school year! 
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    Intermediate Level 10:30am
    Open to all string musicians entering grades 6-9 with at least one year of experience on their instrument and ability to play a one octave D, G and C major scale (recommended).



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I hereby make application for my child (children) to participate in the New Jersey State Youth Orchestra. We have read the NJSYO Parent/Student Handbook and understand that the fulfillment of the Orchestra's objectives requires the complete cooperation of each orchestra member and his/her parents. We accept the obligation of membership and understand that continued participation is contingent upon adherence to the standards and regulations described in the NJSYO handbook.
All students are expected to come to all rehearsals and all scheduled performances, and to arrive promptly. Absence from a scheduled concert performance due solely to a scheduling conflict with other activities is a serious violation of the Attendance Policy. If a student must miss a rehearsal, the Conductor must be notified in advance of the rehearsal if that is possible. More than two absences from rehearsal for a particular concert is a violation of the Attendance Policy. Late arrivals or early departures of 15 minutes or more to rehearsals will be recorded as absences. Violations of the Attendance Policy may result in a seating demotion for subsequent concert(s); not being allowed to perform in subsequent concert(s); not being allowed to progress to advanced seats, groups, sections or programs; or other actions at the discretion of the Conductor and the Board of Trustees.
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B) : I hereby release and discharge the New Jersey State Youth Orchestra, its agents, employees, and officers/board members from all claims, demands, actions, judgments and executions which I may have or which my heirs, executors, administrators, or assigns may have or claim to have against NJSYO, its agents, employees, officers/board members, parent-volunteers, successors in interest, or assigns for all personal injuries, known or unknown, and from all known or unknown injuries to property, real or personal, caused by or arising out of participation in any NJSYO activities.


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