School-Time Concerts

Field trips to a concert hall near you!

As many as 20,000 elementary- and middle-school students and teachers from all 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 two different concert programs in five convenient venues during the coming school year.

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 2014–15 season will be available for download in September.


Nov 18 - Nov 21

Concerts for Young People: The Musical Time Machine

Fall 2014: Concerts for Young People

Join forces with Maestro Jeff and race through history to stop a clever time traveler! Power up the time machine to keep the time traveler from permanently changing music from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Rossini’s William Tell Overture and Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony!

JEFFREY GROGAN conductor (pictured)

Selections from:
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5
ROSSINI William Tell Overture
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9, “New World”
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 15

May 19 - May 22

Concerts for Young People: A Hero's Journey

Spring 2015: Concerts for Young People

Who are your heroes? They can be anyone from firefighters to the president, from parents to a friend who stands up to a bully. How would music about heroes sound? Imagine your own as you listen to pieces inspired by famous heroes in Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Verdi’s Nabucco Overture and Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony.

JEFFREY GROGAN conductor (pictured)

Selections from:
COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man
MOZART Eine kleine Nachtmusik
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3
BEETHOVEN Egmont Overture
VERDI Nabucco Overture
SOUSA Stars and Stripes Forever
SUPPÉ Light Cavalry Overture


$7 per patron (one free adult ticket with every 15 tickets purchased). Select the "Reserve Tickets" button below to place your reservation. If you have questions, please contact Audra Fuhr, Senior Coordinator of Education & Community Engagement, at or 973.735.1733.

2014–15 SEASON Available Dates and times

Fall 2014: The Musical Time Machine

Tue, Nov 18 at NJPAC in Newark
9:45 am & 11:30 am

Fri, Nov 21 at Sussex County Technical School in Sparta
9:30 am

Spring 2015: A Hero's Journey

Tue, May 19 at NJPAC in Newark
9:45 am & 11:30 am

Wed, May 20 at War Memorial in Trenton
10:30 am

Thu, May 21 at Michael T. Lake Performing Arts Center in Neptune
9:45 am

Fri, May 22 at State Theatre in New Brunswick
9:45 am

Reserve 2014-15 Season Tickets

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:

Investors Foundation
Johnson & Johnson
The Merck Company Foundation
New Jersey State Council on the Arts
The Puffin Foundation
TD Bank