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 bring together students of all skill levels who share a passion for music. In addition to great music making across four performing ensembles, benefits include:

  • Coaching by NJSO musicians
  • Saturday rehearsals with flexibility for students in marching band
  • Volunteer opportunities and mentorship training
  • Additional performance opportunities for advanced students
  • Complimentary tickets to select NJSO concerts
  • Supportive peer-to-peer environment

AUDITION FOR 2019–20! 

Please note that we are no longer accepting applications for 2019–20.

Audition Date: June 8, 2019
Location: Bradley Hall, Rutgers–Newark
Age Group: Musicians currently in grades 4–11 are invited to audition.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call 973.735.1733 or email [email protected]


Audition Requirements and Excerpts

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


GNYO & Youth Orchestra Alumni: Meet us at Branch Brook Park on Fri, June 28!

We invite all alumni of our almost two decades of youth orchestra programs to join us for a pre-concert Meet-Up in Branch Brook Park. The evening will begin at 6:45 with a GYNO alumni chamber group, led by alum Nate Williams. We invite you and your families to join us for snacks and music, to support our fellow alumni performers and connect with old friends. If you are interested, please RSVP by clicking the button below.


Are you among the program’s alumni? Where are you now? We would love to reconnect with you! We invite you to fill out this brief questionnaire, and join our Facebook group.


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