NJSO Autism Community Program
Creating musical memories with very special audiences.
A core offering of the NJSO’s REACH chamber music program, the NJSO Autism Community Program brings the musical magic of the Orchestra to children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Specially trained NJSO musicians create singular opportunities for New Jerseyans with ASD to interact with their world through the experience of live music. Performed by NJSO musicians, these “sensory-friendly” chamber music programs annually enthrall more than 2,000 people with ASD, their educators and support staff.
“The shows were both informative and enjoyable. The performers did a wonderful job of captivating students’ attention.”
—Administrator, Mercer County Special Services School District, Hamilton, NJ
“The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra presented a delightful musical experience for our students. The musicians were patient, provided information about the instruments that they used.”
—Administator, McKinley School, Newark, NJ
The fall 2015 issue of Symphony magazine features several American orchestras’ programs for children and adults on the autism spectrum. The story highlights the NJSO’s Autism Community Program:
“Perhaps the most extensive autism-friendly orchestra series takes place at the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, which … now involves seventeen performances at ten partner schools and community centers … The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s program started with a request from a longtime subscriber who said that her autistic son was held ‘rapt’ by the sound of an orchestra.”
The NJSO is grateful to the following supporters of the NJSO Autism Community Program:
Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation
Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey
Johnson & Johnson
New Jersey State Council on the Arts
The Smart Family Foundation
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.