Youth Orchestras

Youth Orchestra Member Portal

Coached by NJSO musicians, the NJSO Youth Orchestras give qualified middle- and high-school students—especially African-American and Latinx youth in the Greater Newark area—unparalleled opportunities to achieve personal and musical excellence.

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. Members 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 for as many as 18 weeks. (Annual fee applies.)
  • Annual winter and spring performance opportunities.
  • Concerto competition for advanced students in the Academy Orchestra.
  • Peer exchange with other talented young musicians.
  • Complimentary tickets to select NJSO concerts.

Musicians currently in grades 4–11 are invited to apply!

Entrance auditions annually take place in June, at Bradley Hall on the Rutgers-Newark campus. Auditions are adjudicated by ensemble conductors and NJSO musicians who coach in the program. Acceptance is based on demonstrated ability and the ensembles’ needs. For more information or to be notified of future audition cycles, please contact the Education & Community Engagement staff at [email protected] or 973.735.1733.

Applications are now closed for the June 2, 2018 auditions.

Rehearsal Days & Locations

Saturdays 9:30 am–12:30 pm (All ensembles except Training Ensemble); 12:45 pm–2:30 pm (Training Ensemble only)

  • September–March
    Bradley Hall, Rutgers University–Newark
    110 Warren Street, Newark, New Jersey 07102


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