Training Ensemble

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Conducted by Associate Conductor & Curriculum Specialist Terrence Thornhill, Wind Leader Jonathan Villegas and Preparatory Violin Teaching Artist Gavin Davies, the Training Ensemble provides students from the Greater Newark area with the musical tools necessary for advancement into all levels of the New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestra. Training Ensemble participants study instrument technique through sectionals and semi-private lessons. Their curriculum is rounded out with classes in rhythm, composition and improvisation. In 2023-24, students from the Greater Newark area are welcome to ride the free shuttle bus provided by the Symphony from Newark to Montclair State University, where rehearsals take place.

The Training Ensemble registration fee is $75 for the year. Students may also rent an instrument for $75 for the year. All families are eligible to apply for payment plans.

Coaches: Ming YangMichael Stewart, Jesus Saenz, Hyewon Kim, Kathleen Nester, Juan Esteban MartinezAndrew Lamy, Andrea Menousek, Garth Greenup, Wesley Krygsman, Gregory LaRosa

Teaching Artists: JP BernabeKamaljit Bhamra-WatsonDoYeon Kim, Matthew Kolodzieski, Aurora Mendez, Sasha Ono, Yoojin Park, Marty Steinberg

Training Ensemble Performance: Cunalata

Watch the Training Ensemble perform Janelle Zook Cunalata’s Alegria at the 2022 Spring Concert at Montclair State University (at 1:04:50).

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Training Ensemble Performance: LaBrie

Watch the Training Ensemble perform Katie O’Hara LaBrie’s Sky Suite at the Fall 2021 Showcase at Montclair State University (at 6:53).

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Training Ensemble Chamber Performance: Day

Watch the Curtland E. Fields Ensemble—featuring Training Ensemble students, mentors and coaches—perform Susan H. Day’s Tango d’Amour on a virtual performance from the 2021 Spring into Music Gala Concert.

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