About your New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Named “a vital, artistically significant musical organization” by The Wall Street Journal, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra embodies that vitality through its statewide presence and critically acclaimed performances, education partnerships and unparalleled access to music and the Orchestra’s superb musicians.

Music Director Xian Zhang—a “dynamic podium presence” The New York Times has praised for her “technical abilities, musicianship and maturity”—continues her acclaimed leadership of the NJSO. The Orchestra presents classical, pops and family programs, as well as outdoor summer concerts and special events. Embracing its legacy as a statewide orchestra, the NJSO is the resident orchestra of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark and regularly performs at the State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick, Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown and bergenPAC in Englewood. Partnerships with New Jersey arts organizations, universities and civic organizations remain a key element of the Orchestra’s statewide identity. 

In addition to its lauded artistic programming, the NJSO presents a suite of education and community engagement programs that promote meaningful, lifelong engagement with live music. Programs include school-time Concerts for Young People, NJSO Youth Orchestras family of student ensembles and El Sistema-inspired NJSO CHAMPS (Character, Achievement and Music Project). NJSO musicians annually perform original chamber music programs at community events in a variety of settings statewide.

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s programs are made possible in part by The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, along with many other foundations, corporations and individual donors.


To enrich lives through a passion for musical excellence and a commitment to New Jersey, its people and its communities.


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NJSO History

Learn more about the history of the Orchestra, including its founding, leadership and key moments through the years.

Conductors and Orchestra Members

Meet our conducting staff and our Orchestra members.

Board of Trustees

Meet the community leaders who steward the NJSO’s resources and plan for its future.

Administrative Staff

Find the professionals responsible for the day-to-day management of the organization.

Careers & Auditions

Discover employment opportunities for administrative professionals, interns and musicians.

Contact Us

Ways to reach the administrative staff and Patron Services.

Organizational Documents

Review the NJSO’s IRS Form 990 and Audited Financial Statement.

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