Music Advancement For Newark Area Youth (MANY)

A partnership designed to provide students in the Newark area with high-quality instrumental music instruction.

Initiated by two of New Jersey’s premier performing arts organizations—New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO)—MANY offers programs for beginning and experienced students alike.

Participants can study string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments with the goal of developing musical and instrumental proficiency while building leadership skills. MANY also aims to prepare young instrumentalists for acceptance into performance-based educational programs within the community, including Arts High School Orchestra and Concert Band, Newark School of the Arts, NJPAC Brick City Jazz Orchestra and Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens program, and NJSO Youth Orchestras.

MANY bridges two programs, the NJPAC Symphonic Band and the NJSO Training Ensemble. The NJPAC Symphonic Band, for grades 5–8, is designed for students with little or no prior instrumental experience and provides a musical foundation in woodwinds, brass and percussion. The NJSO Training Ensemble, for grades 5–10, provides intensive musical instruction and leadership development to beginner and intermediate students of all orchestral instruments.

What is MANY?

Music Advancement for Newark-area Youth (MANY) provides intensive musical instruction and leadership development to beginner and intermediate level students (grades 5–10) on all band and orchestral instruments (see instrument list below). It is a partnership of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

Do we have to live in a certain city to be able to participate? Which cities are included in what you’re calling the Newark area?

Yes. Students who reside in the following cities are eligible to audition for the programs of the MANY partnership: Bayonne, Belleville, Bloomfield, East Orange, Elizabeth, Harrison, Hillside, Irvington, Jersey City, Kearny, Maplewood, Newark, Orange and South Orange.

How much does it cost to participate?

There is an annual $50 tuition fee. Payment plans are available.

Is financial assistance available to help with the tuition fee?

Yes.

What are the instruments that the MANY partnership includes?

Violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, timpani and other percussion instruments featured in the orchestra.

My child wants to participate. S/he doesn't have an instrument and can’t bring home the school instrument. What should we do?

Help with getting an instrument will be provided. An additional rental fee will apply.

When and where do the program rehearsals take place?

Both the NJPAC Symphonic Band and the NJSO Training Ensemble rehearse at Rutgers-Newark on Saturday afternoons. Once your child is registered for a program, a detailed schedule will be given to you.

What if I have more questions?

Call 973.735.1734 or 973.353.7058 during normal business hours.

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NJPAC wishes to thank the following supporters for their generosity:

The Prudential Foundation, The Victoria Foundation, Merck Company Foundation, ADP, The Women's Association of NJPAC, The Johnny Mercer Foundation, Jennifer A. Chalsty, TD Charitable Foundation and Marian and David Rocker.

NJSO wishes to thank the following supporters for their generosity:  

BD, The Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation, Marjorie Bunnell Charitable Fund, Merck Foundation, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Panasonic Corporation of North America, Turrell Fund, Victoria Foundation and Wells Fargo.

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Photos: Norman DeShong and Fred Stucker