Education & Community Engagement

In addition to its lauded artistic programming, the NJSO proudly boasts a suite of education and community engagement programs that promote meaningful, lifelong engagement with live music and serve as many as 40,000 New Jerseyans each season.

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Music Advancement for Newark-Area Youth (MANY)

Through MANY, NJPAC and the NJSO will offer programs for Greater Newark-area students in fifth through 10th grade. Participants can study string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments with the goal of developing musical and instrumental proficiency while building leadership skills.

MANY will also groom participating instrumentalists for acceptance into performance-based educational programs within the Greater Newark community, including the Arts High School Orchestra and Concert Band, Newark School of the Arts, NJPAC Brick City Jazz Orchestra, Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens and NJSO Youth Orchestras.

NJPAC and the NJSO will hold joint auditions that will place students into one of two programs—the NJPAC Symphonic Band Program, which will provide a musical foundation to introductory woodwind, brass and percussion students in grades five through eight, and the NJSO Youth Orchestras Training Ensemble, which will provide intensive musical instruction and leadership development to beginner and intermediate students of string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments in grades five through 10. Participants in both programs will receive assistance in procuring an instrument.

To apply, click here. To mail a printed application, dowload the PDF version.

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