School-Time Concerts for Young People

Field trips to a concert hall near you!

As many as 15,000 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.

NJSO 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 Teacher’s Resource Book, consisting of leveled pre- and post-concert activities that address the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.

The 2016–17 NJSO Teacher’s Resource Book will be available in August.

UPCOMING CONCERTS

Nov 15 - Nov 18

Concerts for Young People: Pirates on the High Seas

Ahoy, matey! Join the NJSO as we set sail on a swashbuckling, sea-faring odyssey, navigating uncharted waters from dawn ’til dusk. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for sea monsters, brewing storms and pilfering pirates as we explore Hans Zimmer’s Pirates of the Caribbean, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and Richard Rodgers’ Victory at Sea, so come armed with a spirit of adventure—and maybe an eye patch!

JEFFREY GROGAN conductor
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

 

May 22 - May 25

Concerts for Young People: Let's Dance

Who doesn’t love a dance party? Whether you turn pirouettes, do some stepping or tap your way across the kitchen, there’s plenty of rhythm to get your feet moving. Princeton Youth Ballet joins the NJSO on stage as we turn up the volume and dance the afternoon away to the sounds of Tchaikovsky, Bernstein and more!

JEFFREY GROGAN conductor
PRINCETON YOUTH BALLET
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

2015–16 Season Available Dates and Times

Spring 2016: Athletes of the Orchestra

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

Tue, May 24 at NJPAC in Newark
9:45 am (sold out) & 11:30 am (sold out)

Thu, May 26 at State Theatre in New Brunswick
11 am (sold out)

The May 24 and 26 concerts are sold out. No further orders will be processed for the May 23 concerts. Please note there is a date and time change from original advertisement for the Neptune concerts.

 
2016–17 Season Available Dates and Times

Fall 2016: Pirates on the High Seas

Tue, Nov 15 at NJPAC in Newark
9:45 am & 11:30 am

Fri, Nov 18 at Sussex County Technical School in Sparta
9:30 am

Spring 2017: Let’s Dance

Mon, May 22 at NJPAC in Newark
9:45 am & 11:30 am

Wed, May 24 at State Theatre in New Brunswick
11 am

Thu, May 25 at Michael T. Lake Performing Arts Center
9:45 am & 11:30 am

Reserve 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


The NJSO is grateful to the following supporters of School-Time Concerts for Young People:

Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation
Marjorie Bunnell Charitable Fund
Johnson & Johnson
Merck 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, and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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