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NJYS Orchestral Camp
June 27-July 9
Recommended for students currently in Grades 3-9
No camp, July 2, 3 & 4
Concert on July 9
Nevena Bojovic, Director
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9:00 AM-1:00 PM
Students currently in PHIL, SINF, Concertino Strings and Primo Strings are eligible, as well as new students placed in these ensembles.
(Viola and Bass doubling program available)
Bryan Rudderow, Director
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Every student will learn to play a secondary instrument from the family of “less common” band instruments.
Students currently in Concertino Winds and Philharmonia are eligible, as well as new students placed in these ensembles at the end of the Open Auditions.
We are so happy to announce that the NJYS Orchestral Camp is back and in person. Join us this summer for a fun and rewarding string or wind/brass experience in either the Summer Winds/Brass/Percussion Session or Summer String Session. Each day, both sessions will join forces to create the NJYS Summer Festival Orchestra and they will perform a final in a concert on July 9.
Summer String Session Students will work on building their confidence through ensemble performance and teamwork, while improving their playing skills and technique. Interested in trying viola or string bass during the summer? Our students are offered a chance to try another string instrument during the camp, and take lessons as part of the doubling program. This two-week experience will culminate with a final performance, showcasing String and Symphony Orchestra.
Summer Winds/Brass/Percussion Session is designed to continue progress built during the school year for the young wind player. Students will play in full camp wind ensemble with music arranged for the camp’s specific instrumentation. Every student will learn to play a secondary instrument from the family of “less common” band instruments. This ranges from bassoon, oboe, trombone, horn, and tuba and varies from year to year. Students will chose their secondary instrument on the first day of camp with the help of our Summer Winds Camp staff.
Available option this year: Any student embarking on a new instrument for the school year or contemplating a switch can spend the entire camp on the new instrument. In addition to playing opportunities, students are introduced to advanced musical concepts including arranging and composition. At the end of the two weeks, students will perform on both their primary and secondary instruments in a final concert open to the public.
Summer Winds Camp welcomes two types of students:
- Early stage players: 1 to 2 years of experience, beginning to learn the full potential range. Beginning to understand dynamics/articulations/ensemble playing. Beginnings of scales and arpeggios as well as chromatic scale. Can follow a conductor and understand intonation (though not always knowing if they are sharp or flat).
- Later stage players: 3+ years of experience on a primary instrument and/or have been asked or have been thinking about playing another, less common instrument (bassoon, oboe, horn, trombone, tuba, etc). Understanding of how to control air and fingers for the purposes of wind playing.
String Quartet Chamber Camp
Recommended for students currently in Grades 9-12
Milan Milinkovic, Director
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11:00 AM-1:00 PM
(1-hour self-guided rehearsal, 1-hour coaching)
$350 total or $195 per week
Week 1: 6/27-7/1, concert in the evening after 5 PM
Week 2: 7/5-7/9, concert in the early afternoon
Chamber ensembles will present a recital at the end of each week.
Students currently in YO and YS are eligible, as well as new students placed in these ensembles at the end of the Open Auditions.
Chamber Music is considered by many to be the one of the most prestigious musical art forms. As part of the String Chamber Music Camp, young musicians will have an opportunity to refine their artistic skills and interact with other chamber musicians. All participants will be offered daily coaching by the string faculty and a self-guided rehearsal. We will evaluate applications as they are received on a rolling basis. Eligible students are strongly encouraged to form their own chamber group prior to applying. If you already have a pre-formed quartet or trio and all members meet the eligibility requirements then we will honor your ensemble/admit your ensemble.
Eligibility Current 9th – 12th graders who meet the following requirements:
- Current YS & YO string players, Season 21-22 (no additional audition required)
- Current NJYS students who have auditioned for levels 5 & 6 for the upcoming season 2022-23 (no additional audition required*)
- Non-NJYS students: must submit a video audition. See requirements below.
*Your audition for the upcoming season will be used to determine your acceptance into the String Chamber Music Camp.
Ensembles can apply HERE. The deadline for applications is May 31, 2022. NJYS will determine if groups can be formed based on the number of enrolled students and confirmation emails will be sent by June 6.
Video Audition Submission
Students not currently members in NJYS must submit a video audition with a solo piece of the student’s choice (minimum NJYS Levels 5 or 6), and complete the sight-reading by appointment. Please complete your video, upload it to YouTube as an unlisted video and add the link to your application.
Audition videos for Camp will have no implications on your placement for the next NJYS season.
The JTole Summer Workshop in partnership with the New Jersey Youth Symphony educates and inspires young musicians to be confident, creative, and expressive individuals through jazz music. Students new to jazz, as well as the most experienced high school jazz musicians, are welcome to enroll for the two-week session. All of the students will be introduced to improvisation, practice techniques, jazz repertoire, theory, and ensemble playing by renowned jazz musicians and experienced educators. Students will have opportunities to perform and showcase their work in performances and concerts with special guests. There is no audition needed and we will slot groups with a placement recording.
JTole Music has had a who’s who of jazz musicians come to work with our students including Eddie Bert, Dion Parsons, Freddie Hendrix, Jimmy Greene, Kenny Rampton, Abraham Burton, Conrad Herwig, Bruce Williams, Marcus Printup, James Zollar, Vincent Gardner, Steve Davis, Alvester Garnett, Alvin Atkinson, Ali Jackson, Steve Turre, Bob Cranshaw, and many more.
All NJYS camps take place at the New Jersey Youth Symphony, 570 Central Avenue in New Providence. NJYS camp tuition assistance is available. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.