School-Time Concerts

Field trips to a concert hall near you!

As many as 20,000 elementary- and middle-school students and teachers across the Garden State annually enjoy the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Concerts for Young People (CYP). These standards-based orchestral programs are specifically designed to spark the imagination and enhance student learning. With more than 60 years of experience creating interactive concerts for young audiences, the NJSO offers different concert programs in a number of convenient venues each season. To ensure that students get the most out of the concert, the NJSO provides a Teacher’s Resource Book, consisting of leveled pre- and post-concert activities that address the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.

Teacher's Resource Book

To ensure that your students get the most out of the concert, you will receive a printed copy of the NJSO’s Teacher’s Resource Book, consisting of leveled pre- and post-concert activities that address the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. The Teacher’s Resource Book for the 2015–16 season will be available for download in September.
 

UPCOMING CONCERTS

Nov 17 - Nov 20

Concerts for Young People: Classical Favorites for All Seasons

Fall 2015: Concerts for Young People

Winter, spring, summer or fall, there’s always music in the forecast! Hear how composers depict weather and seasons like the lazy heat of summer, a spring storm or a snowy day. Favorites from Gershwin, Beethoven, Copland and more set the stage for a thunderously good time!

JEFFREY GROGAN conductor (pictured)
SID SOLOMON host
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Program includes selections from: 
GERSHWIN “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess
SAINT-SAENS Danse macabre 
WALDTEUFEL Skater’s Waltz 
COPLAND Variations on a Shaker Melody 
ROSSINI William Tell Overture 
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6
ARLEN “Over the Rainbow”

May 23 - Jun 1

Concerts for Young People: Athletes of the Orchestra

The big game is on—meet all the teams of the Orchestra and cheer on your favorite! Will it be the strings, brass, woodwinds or percussion that win the day? “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” Olympic fanfares and classics from Mozart and Rimsky-Korsakov will make it feel like you and the kids are sitting on the third-base line with a hot dog and a soda.

JEFFREY GROGAN conductor (pictured)
SID SOLOMON host
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Program includes selections from: 
KEY “The Star Spangled Banner”
VON TILZER “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”
MOZART Eine kleine Nachtmusik 
GOUNOD Petite Symphony
ARNAUD Olympic Fanfare 
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade   
ANDERSON Bugler’s Holiday
WILLIAMS Olympic Fanfare and Theme

2015–16 Season Available Dates and Times

Fall 2015: Classical Favorites for All Seasons

Tue, Nov. 17 at NJPAC in Newark
9:45 am & 11:30 am

Fri, Nov 20 at Sussex County Technical School in Sparta
9:30 am

Spring 2016: Athletes of the Orchestra

Mon, May 23 at Michael T. Lake Performing Arts Center
9:45 am & 11:30 am*

Tue, May 24 at NJPAC in Newark
9:45 am & 11:30 am

Thu, May 26 at State Theatre in New Brunswick
11 am

Wed, June 1 at War Memorial in Trenton
10:30 am

Reserve Tickets

*Please note date change from original advertisement for the Neptune concerts.

We've attended [other young people's concerts] which were very good, but I thought the NJSO, its conductor and its host had a much better rapport with the students . . . . Using elements of humor and talking to the students at a level they can understand was a very engaging way to get the students involved in the music.

Teacher, Millburn Township Public Schools, Millburn, NJ

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The NJSO is grateful to the following supporters of the Concerts for Young People Series:

Johnson & Johnson
Marjorie Bunnell Charitable Fund
Merck Foundation
The Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation
The Schumann Fund for New Jersey
The Smart Family Foundation
Turrell Fund
Wells Fargo

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This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.