NJSO Special Announcement

Updated April 8, 11:00 am.

For the safety of our communities, the NJSO has canceled its concerts and events through June 7 due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Read a letter from NJSO President & CEO Gabriel van Aalst, find answers to your questions and more.



Dear NJSO Family:

It pains me to share the news that, due to the impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, we have made the difficult, yet prudent, decision to cancel the remaining performances of the 2019–20 season, which was scheduled to run through June 7. When a season begins with so much promise and excitement, as ours did last fall with Holst’s The Planets and NASA visuals, you can’t imagine it could be closing out this way; but these are uncertain times, and this decision is the only one we could make.

The impact of COVID-19 has been a game changer for the NJSO, like many arts organizations. This year, the NJSO is facing a deficit of $3.4 million, due in large part to the loss of ticket sales. While we may see some relief from the government, the future is still uncertain for our beloved orchestra. If you are able, I encourage you to donate the remainder of your tickets or make a donation. We greatly appreciate any action you take to support the NJSO.

Despite the challenges we face, the NJSO is still dedicated to serving our community in new and impactful ways. In this time of social distancing, we are all feeling the absence of live music gatherings, but music can still be a powerful presence in our lives. Our musicians have been sharing intimate performances from their homes that you can watch from the comfort of your own home. Follow the NJSO on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube for all the latest NJSO Couch Concerts—as well as special features from our musicians about both music and their lives.

Virtual small-group rehearsals and coaching sessions launched for the NJSO Youth Orchestras last month. From a parent: “The kids were so happy (you wouldn’t believe) having their NJSO fix last week. I was nearby and heard the whole thing, and it warmed my heart. Tell the teachers how much we appreciate them.”

A great joy for us has been #OrchestraYou, where audience members and NJSO musicians unite for a special combined performance. I’m pleased to announce that, through the magic of technology, we invite all who play an orchestral instrument to take part in a very special virtual #OrchestraYou. Find all the details here; I hope you will join me in creating amazing music. 

Your health and safety are at the heart of the NJSO’s concerns right now. NJSO concerts, education and community activities and donor events will only resume once we are confident that the pandemic threat has passed. We have been diligent in following updates and guidance provided by the CDC, New Jersey Department of Health and officials in making the most informed decisions possible.

Our Patron Services team has been dedicated to bringing you the best in customer service during this challenging time. I want to assure you that the ticket value spent with the NJSO for postponed performances is absolutely safe in your account, and we are offering multiple ticket options to address your needs.

We are still reviewing options to reschedule performances, and we appreciate your patience. We will continue to share the latest information on this webpage.

I look forward to staying in touch with you until we can again be together. In the meantime, stay safe and be well!


Gabriel van Aalst
President & CEO
The Ruth C. and A. Michael Lipper NJSO President & CEO Chair

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