MANY Partnership

Designed to provide students in the Newark area with high-quality instrumental music instruction.

Initiated by two of New Jersey’s premier performing arts organizations—New Jersey Performing Arts Center and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra—Music Advancement for Newark-area Youth (MANY) offers programs for beginning and experienced students alike.

Participants can study string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments with the goal of developing musical and instrumental proficiency while building leadership skills. MANY also aims to prepare young instrumentalists for acceptance into performance-based educational programs within the community, including Arts High School Orchestra and Concert Band, Newark School of the Arts, NJPAC Brick City Jazz Orchestra and Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens programs and NJSO Youth Orchestras.

MANY bridges two programs—the NJPAC Symphonic Band and the NJSO Training Ensemble of the NJSO Youth Orchestras. The NJPAC Symphonic Band, for grades 5–8, is designed for students with little or no prior instrumental experience and provides a musical foundation in woodwinds, brass and percussion. The NJSO Training Ensemble, for grades 5–10, provides intensive musical instruction and leadership development to beginner and intermediate students of all orchestral instruments.

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What is MANY?

Music Advancement for Newark-area Youth (MANY) provides intensive musical instruction and leadership development to beginner and intermediate level students (grades 5–10) on all band and orchestral instruments (see instrument list below). It is a partnership of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

Do we have to live in a certain city to be able to participate? Which cities are included in what you’re calling the Newark area?

Yes. Students who reside in the following cities are eligible to audition for the programs of the MANY partnership: Bayonne, Belleville, Bloomfield, East Orange, Elizabeth, Harrison, Hillside, Irvington, Jersey City, Kearny, Maplewood, Newark, Orange and South Orange.

How much does it cost to participate?

There is an annual $50 tuition fee. Payment plans are available.

Is financial assistance available to help with the tuition fee?


What are the instruments that the MANY partnership includes?

Violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, timpani and other percussion instruments featured in the orchestra.

My child wants to participate. S/he doesn’t have an instrument and can’t bring home the school instrument. What should we do?

Help with getting an instrument will be provided. An additional rental fee will apply.

When and where do the program rehearsals take place?

Both the NJPAC Symphonic Band and the NJSO Training Ensemble rehearse at Newark Arts High School on Saturdays from late morning to mid-afternoon. Once your child is registered for a program, a detailed schedule will be given to you.

What if I have more questions?

Call 973.735.1733 during normal business hours or email [email protected]


NJPAC wishes to thank:

  • The Prudential Foundation
  • The Victoria Foundation
  • Merck Company Foundation
  • ADP
  • The Women's Association of NJPAC
  • The Johnny Mercer Foundation
  • Jennifer A. Chalsty
  • TD Charitable Foundation
  • Marian and David Rocker


NJSO wishes to thank:

  • BD
  • Marjorie Bunnell Charitable Fund
  • Merck Foundation
  • M&T Bank (Youth Orchestras Winter and Spring Concerts Sponsor)
  • New Jersey State Council on the Arts
  • 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.

The NJSO Training Ensemble is supported by the following sponsors, in addition to those listed above:

  • Broadridge Foundation
  • Ken and Susan Fahrenholtz
  • The Leavens Foundation
  • The Harold I. and Faye B. Liss Foundation
  • Verizon
  • Victoria Foundation