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Dear Student Musician, As part of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, The New Jersey Youth Symphony has a rich history of fostering musical talent for over 35 years. Each of its 14 ensembles offers participants a different yet fully rounded experience. Opportunities exist for students depending on where they are in their musical studies, and what their interests are. Our family of orchestras serves students ranging from 3rd to 12th grades. Many students remain part of the organization for as long as 10 years. NJYS is committed to providing the ﬁnest ensemble musical training led by our staff of experienced and renowned conductors, and is known for its high standard of excellence throughout the United States and internationally. NJYS also provides an array of orchestral experiences including participation in Playathon Music Fest, a massive performance spectacle held at The Mills at Jersey Gardens that features over 450 ensemble members performing together as one orchestra. Current and previous year’s performances include the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and Drew University in 2016, the NJYS 35th Anniversary concert at NJPAC in Newark, Carnegie Hall, UCPAC in Rahway, and tours by the most advanced ensemble, Youth Symphony, to Salzburg and Prague. In 2014, Youth Symphony won First Place at the prestigious Summa Cum Laude International Youth Festival and Competition in Vienna, Austria. These kinds of opportunities and more are available to members in the years ahead. Please read the ensemble descriptions; we welcome you to join us for upcoming auditions. If a far-ranging artistic vision led by a dedicated staff of conductors and administrators, a mutual desire to strive for excellence, and a sense of shared values resonates with you, we encourage you to join your like-minded peers in a rewarding ensemble experience that makes up the New Jersey Youth Symphony! Sincerely,
Jeffrey Grogan Artistic Director
Karen Deschere Executive Director
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New Jersey Youth Symphony, of the
Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, features 14 ensembles open by audition for students in grades 3 – 12. Additionally, the program offers a Chamber Music component, Summer Camps, and Music Theory training for ensembles in the lower grades. The program is led by highly qualiﬁed musicians and educators and draws students from around the state, serving over 500 students. Wharton is New Jersey’s largest independent non-proﬁt community performing arts institution serving over 1,400 students through a continuum of classes and ensembles.
NJYS Audition Information
Registration • Register for an audition online at www.NJYS.org by clicking on the “Register” tab. • Audition dates for new students are listed below: Percussion and Jazz – Saturday, June 4 Flute – Tuesday, June 7 All Other Instruments – Wednesday, June 8 • A non-refundable registration fee of $60 for an individual or $90 for a family must be paid prior to registering for an audition. • Audition appointments are scheduled based on grade and instrument. • NJYS will contact students by email to schedule an audition. • Refer to the NJYS website at www.NJYS.org for audition requirements. • Acceptance to an NJYS ensemble will be announced by email. • Students must register online at www.NJYS.org for their ensemble no later than August 1, 2016. • Additional auditions will be scheduled in August 2016 to ﬁll any available seats in NJYS ensembles.
Call 908-771-5544 for more information.
Payment Policies • Sibling Discounts are available. Tuition for the child in the most advanced ensemble is at the full rate and tuition for each additional child in the same household is discounted by 10%. • Payment Plans payable by pre-authorized credit card withdrawals are available. By choosing this method of payment, ensemble members are committing to pay the full year tuition which is non-refundable after September 1, 2016. There is a Payment Plan fee of $20. • Financial Assistance is available. Complete the Financial Assistance Form available at www.NJYS.org. Our Mission: To provide the highest quality performing arts education to a wide range of students in a supportive and inclusive environment, where striving for personal excellence inspires and connects those we teach to the communities we serve. This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts is a non-proﬁt 501(c)(3) charitable organization and is committed to being accessible to all patrons, students, parents and visitors. All programs, classes, events and concerts are accessible ensuring that everyone can participate in a diverse range of arts programming and classes. Wharton does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.
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layathon Music Fest
For 32 years NJYS has been performing a spectacular Playathon, and now it is even bigger and better than ever! Students from NJYS ensembles, the Paterson Music Project and the Wharton Performing Arts School perform on different stages throughout The Mills at Jersey Gardens in Elizabeth, NJ. All NJYS ensembles then join together to perform the culminating concert in center court. Over 450 musicians performing together is a spectacular sight to witness and to participate in! Performances include jazz, classical and musical theatre, and the full orchestra concert features Pops music from movies and musicals. This heart-warming and moving occasion—which many members describe as their favorite performance of the year—serves as the primary student fundraising activity for the organization. Students raise money from friends and family, both individually and as an ensemble, fostering teamwork and camaraderie as well as teaching the importance of giving back. Funds raised through Playathon support the daily operations of the organization, including scholarships and tuition assistance.
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Grades 3-12 Sundays 1:00-4:00 p.m.
The New Jersey Youth Symphony chamber music program, open to both NJYS and non-NJYS musicians, carefully matches student ensembles through a placement process led by an inspirational collective of professional chamber musicians. The program begins in early October and lasts eight weeks. Rehearsals are 90 minutes in length; 60 minutes are spent with an NJYS chamber music coach and 30 minutes are self-directed ensemble practice. A ﬁnal concert is presented at the end of the program. After the fall season, pre-formed chamber groups may choose to continue with a spring session as well.
NJYS sponsors three advanced chamber groups which represent the organization at concerts and other special events. The NJYS String Quartet, NJYS Woodwind Quintet, and NJYS Brass Quintet are formed through an audition process for members of Youth Symphony. The 14 students named to these ensembles receive full scholarships to the chamber music program and partial scholarships toward their NJYS tuition. These ensembles are coached by distinguished musicians from The Juilliard School, Emerson String Quartet and the New York Philharmonic.
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Entering Grades 5-9 June 26-July 9, 2016 (full day) Tuition $1065 by May 7, $1125 after May 7
NJYS Orchestral Camp is a great way for young musicians to grow musically during this two-week camp for students entering grades 5-9. Campers are given the opportunity to hone their orchestral playing skills in various ensemble settings while having fun and making new friends! Orchestral Camp includes chamber music, camp orchestra, and camp chorus. Music theory and instrument doubling are explored as well as fun physical activities and games. Campers new to NJYS have to audition for acceptance into the camp on May 14 or June (TBD). Please check the website for audition updates (www.njys.org).
“I loved camp because I love being around other people who share a passion for music, and playing challenging pieces with nurturing, caring leaders.”
– 2015 Orchestral Camper
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unior Winds Camp
Entering Grades 5-7 July 25-July 29, 2016 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (half day) Tuition $385 by May 7, $410 after May 7
This camp will focus on fundamentals and strengthening the skills of young wind and brass players as well as performance. Students will work on two instruments – their “major” instrument that they have been playing, and a “minor” wind or brass instrument. Secondary instruments will be provided. The day includes sectionals, technical fundamentals, snack, musical games, and full ensemble rehearsals. Pre-Requisite: 6 months playing experience. Select 4th graders may be eligible to enroll upon approval. Campers new to NJYS have to audition for acceptance into the camp on May 14 or June (TBD). Please check the website for audition updates (www.njys.org).
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Selection for an ensemble is both age and ability based. Students may stay in a rising ensemble for up to 3 years depending on their level of playing, as well as their personal commitment and maturity level. Each ensemble has its own pathway from section player to principal and each student’s journey will be different.
This string ensemble is an introductory string orchestra for experienced young players that sets the foundation for success in future orchestral endeavors. Emphasis is placed on developing skills such as basic orchestral rehearsal and performance technique, following a conductor, bowing techniques, blend, balance, and musicality. A music theory component is taught in this ensemble as part of building a strong musical foundation. Please refer to the speciﬁc scale requirements on the NJYS website at njys.org/audition. Grades 3-5 | Advanced Beginner Thursdays 4:30-6:00 p.m. Conductor: Michelle Hatcher
Designed for the advancing string player, Junior Strings focuses on reﬁning orchestral fundamentals through the study of string orchestra repertoire. Bowing techniques, musicality, rehearsal techniques, performance etiquette, and tuning are areas of focus in Junior Strings. Members may also participate in doubling on viola and bass. A music theory component is taught in this ensemble as part of building a strong musical foundation. Grades 5-7 | Advanced Beginner Thursdays 6:15-8:00 p.m. Conductor: Michelle Hatcher
In Sinfonia, experienced young string players continue to develop their performance skillset in preparation for further advancement into a full orchestra. Students work together to develop the nuances of style and phrasing to create a more reﬁned, mature orchestral sound. To accomplish this, the ensemble explores a combination of standard string repertoire from major composers as well as works written for advanced student orchestras. Members may also participate in doubling on viola and bass. A music theory component is taught in this ensemble as part of building a strong musical foundation. Grades 5-8 | Intermediate Tuesdays 5:00-7:00 p.m. Conductor: Nate White
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Philharmonia is the ﬁrst ensemble that combines all instrument families—brass, woodwinds, strings and percussion—in a full symphony. Music explored includes orchestral repertoire of great composers which teaches students the fundamental skills expected of orchestral musicians. Philharmonia members will develop leadership and teamwork abilities as they progress through this ensemble. Grades 6-9 | Intermediate Wednesdays 6:15-8:30 p.m. Conductor: Mark Gunderman
Students experience the joy of bringing masterworks of the orchestral repertoire to life in this 75+ member full orchestra. Performing music from Beethoven to Dvorák to contemporary composers, students learn to think and play as an orchestra while stimulating their passion for music. Energy is high, and accomplishments are higher. Time spent in Youth Orchestra is ﬁlled with excitement, learning, and music-making to inspire young musicians in every facet of their lives. Members who participate in this ensemble can, over time, advance in their section to higher chairs. Grades 7-12 | Advanced Mondays 6:15-9:15 p.m. Conductor: Simon Lipskar
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NJYS’s most advanced ensemble draws exceptional musicians from around the state. Youth Symphony regularly tours internationally, performing in some of the great music halls of the world while serving as dynamic music ambassadors. In June 2014, Youth Symphony was awarded ﬁrst place in the prestigious Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival. Youth Symphony has appeared at Carnegie Hall and Musikverein in Vienna and recently performed at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Their repertoire spans from orchestral masterworks to newly composed pieces, including works commissioned by NJYS. Youth Symphony partners with other performing arts organizations, including Drew University and New Jersey Ballet, working together with the understanding that the arts are a collaborative and unifying force. Many Youth Symphony members continue their studies at top conservatories around the country in pursuit of professional careers in music. Youth Symphony members can also serve as mentors or interns at the Paterson Music Project. Grades 9-12 | Advanced Tuesdays 6:30-9:30 p.m. Conductor: Jeffrey Grogan
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Nurturing and educational, Flute Choir provides students with new ways to learn and grow as musicians in a comfortably challenging environment. Students have the opportunity to play the piccolo as well as alto and bass ﬂute. A music theory component is taught in this ensemble as part of building a strong musical foundation. Grades 6-9 | Intermediate Mondays 5:15-6:45 p.m. Conductor: Diana Charos Reilly
For advanced players, this ensemble presents artistic and technical challenges in a fun environment. Students connect with peers who share their passion for ensemble playing and repertoire spanning from the Middle Ages to the present day. Students have the opportunity to play the piccolo as well as alto and bass ﬂute. Grades 9-12 | Advanced Mondays 6:45-8:00 p.m. Conductor: Diana Charos Reilly
This ensemble represents the best of the best from around the state, performing frequently in concerts and interactive events that provide a dynamic musical experience for this highly selective group of ﬂutists. They are invited to perform annually with The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey. Fortissimo Flutes not only perform, but also act as mentors within the NJYS community, inspiring younger students to strive for excellence and encouraging a lifelong love of music. Grades 10-12 | Advanced Thursdays 8:00-9:15 p.m. Conductor: Diana Charos Reilly
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Junior Wind Ensemble
Focusing on the fundamentals of performance, including air support, phrasing, sound production, tuning, and playing as a cohesive unit, Junior Wind Ensemble hones basic musicianship skills in an educational and fun setting. A music theory component is taught in this ensemble as part of building a strong musical foundation. Grades 4-8 | Advanced Beginner to Intermediate Wednesdays 5:00-6:30 p.m. Conductor: Bryan Rudderow
Exploring the unique qualities of clarinet playing, this ensemble performs everything from new commissions to the landmarks of the Classical repertoire, challenging and inspiring students to reach their full potential in ensemble playing. Students have the opportunity to play Eb Soprano, Alto, and Bass Clarinets. Grades 8-12 | Advanced Wednesdays 6:45-8:15 p.m. Conductor: Bryan Rudderow
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This ensemble provides the opportunity for talented percussionists to perform challenging literature with intensive and personalized instruction in all percussion techniques. The NJYS Percussion Ensemble performs at percussion festivals, in concerts, and on tour. New works are frequently composed for the group. Percussion Ensemble members also perform with Philharmonia, Youth Orchestra, and Youth Symphony, and support the other ensembles. Grades 7-12 | Intermediate to Advanced Sundays 3:00-6:00 p.m. or 5:30-9:00 p.m. Conductor: Dr. Kenneth Piascik
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Intro to Jazz Workshop
An introduction to this nation's great art form. Melodic and rhythmic improvisation, the blues, basic jazz theory and harmony, song form, jazz history, and ensemble playing are just a few of the musical expanses explored. Guest artists work with students to reach a new understanding of the language of jazz. Open to all instruments—strings, winds, brass, percussion, piano, and guitar. Grades 6-10 | Beginner to Intermediate Sundays 2:30-4:00 p.m. Instructor: Dave Schumacher/Kevin Brown
“I have been studying with Dave Schumacher for the past 2 years. Dave is a excellent musician and teacher with a wealth of experience and a passion for teaching others.”
– Jack Wagner Advanced Jazz Workshop: Combo student
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Intermediate Jazz Workshop
The next step in the Jazz Studies track at NJYS. Students will build on their fundamental knowledge of the jazz art form established in the Intro to Jazz class. Emphasis will be placed on expanding the student’s skills in improvisation, jazz theory and ensemble playing as well as repertoire building. Students will have the opportunity to work with guest professional jazz musicians for true life playing experiences. Open to all instruments—strings, winds, brass, percussion, piano, and guitar. Pre-requisite: Intro to Jazz Workshop and/or discretion of Instructor. Grades 6-12 | Intermediate Sundays 2:30-4:00 p.m. Instructor: Dave Schumacher/Kevin Brown
Advanced Jazz Workshop: Combo
Performing music drawn from throughout the history of the great jazz masters, the NJYS Advanced Jazz Workshop: Combo provides the opportunity for advanced players to focus on improvisation, ensemble interplay and live performance. Guest professional jazz artists coach and perform with students in a collaborative environment. Grades 9-12 | Advanced Sundays 1:00-2:30 p.m. Conductor: Dave Schumacher