Youth Orchestras

Talented musicians in grades 5–11 are invited to audition!

The NJSO Youth Orchestras are the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra's family of four student performing ensembles that together form one of the key education programs of the NJSO Academy. Over an 18-week season, the NJSO Youth Orchestras give qualified middle- and high-school students—especially African American and Latino youth in the Greater Newark area—a great musical experience! Members receive coaching from professional NJSO musicians and gain performance experience in an encouraging and motivating environment, while forming lifelong relationships with their mentors and peers. In addition to developing musical talent, members of the NJSO Youth Orchestras gain critical life skills including collaboration, leadership and problem solving.


  • Saturday instruction with NJSO musicians and conductors. (Annual fee applies)
  • Annual winter and spring performance opportunities.
  • Concerto competition for advanced students in Academy Orchestra.
  • Peer exchange with other talented young musicians.
  • Complimentary tickets to select NJSO concerts.


Saturdays 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Bradley Hall, Rutgers University–Newark
110 Warren Street, Newark, New Jersey 07102


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The NJSO is grateful to the following supporters of the NJSO Youth Orchestras:
The Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation
Marjorie Bunnell Charitable Fund
The Ralph M. Cestone Foundation
Merck Foundation
New Jersey State Council on the Arts 
Panasonic Corporation of North America
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.