New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestra Spotlights Presented by M&T Bank

Explore features that shine a spotlight on student musicians and their experiences in the New Jersey Symphony’s family of youth orchestras. M&T Bank presents the New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestra Spotlights.

Mar 11, 2021 |Creative Composition Chronicles, Part 2


New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestras violinists—and creative composers!—Samantha, Natalie and Ashita look back on how an entire composition grew out of a three-note musical fragment.

Nov 23, 2020 | Creative Composition Chronicles, Part 1


In a season-long creative composition project, New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestras student musicians are sharing their own musical voices, beginning with melodies and rhythms they will mold into new musical works. “We’re having an explosion of creativity,” Artistic Director José Luis Domínguez says.

Aug 31, 2020 | Virtual Concert


Musicianship. Resilience. Camaraderie. Spirit. The students of the New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestras brought all of their talent and heart to a virtual spring semester that closed with a celebratory virtual concert.

July 23, 2020 | Class of 2020: In Their Own Words


Members of the Class of 2020 reflect on their time in the New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestras.

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Apr 30, 2020 | Virtual Learning


In a time of physical distancing, the New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestras are continuing to make music through virtual rehearsals.

Feb 27, 2020 | The Parent Perspective



Go behind the scenes with New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestras parents, who share photos and personal reflections on the program’s strong community and welcoming family atmosphere.

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Jan 29, 2020 | Coaches


Every week, students in the New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestras learn from the pros, rehearsing with New Jersey Symphony musician coaches. Hear from two New Jersey Symphony musicians—violinist Naomi Youngstein, who leads the New Jersey Symphony String Ensemble, and trombonist Vernon Post—about their experience and belief in the importance of music education.

Nov 21, 2019 | Audible Original


Musicians from the New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestras, under the direction of José Luis Domínguez, recorded orchestra and solo tracks for the new Audible original The Mystwick School of Musicraft.

June 25, 2019 | Lessons Through Music


Hear from our student musicians through performances and personal reflections in the final New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestras Spotlight of the season.

May 13, 2019 | Performances for NJSO Audiences


Students in the New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestras bring music into New Jersey’s biggest concert halls through special lobby and mainstage performances for New Jersey Symphony audiences.

Apr 9, 2019 | Academy Mentors


Academy Mentors provide peer-to-peer encouragement and support to students in New Jersey Symphony CHAMPS, the New Jersey Symphony Training Ensemble and NJPAC Symphonic Band. Volunteers from the New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestras’ upper-level ensembles assist coaches and conductors in classes and rehearsals. Mentors are integral to the fabric of the preparatory ensembles and receive training and community service credits in return.

Feb 28, 2019 | A Day in the Life


New Jersey Symphony Director of Education Joanna Borowski chronicles a full day of New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestras rehearsals.

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Jan 14, 2019 | Winter Concert


New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestras concerts celebrate the music making of more than 200 talented student musicians. Watch highlights from the 2018 winter concert at Science Park High School in Newark.

Oct 31, 2018 | Spotlight with José Luis Domínguez


New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestras Artistic Director José Luis Domínguez gives you a peek inside the New Jersey Symphony’s family of student ensembles.


New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestra Spotlights Presented by M&T Bank