Performing arts education to the tune of ensemble excellence.
Auditioned orchestral and jazz education for students grades 3-12
New Jersey Youth Symphony is much more than a performing arts program. NJYS students will achieve musical excellence as performers and gain critical skills that will serve them throughout their education and careers.
Our Ensembles & Programs
NJYS programming includes string orchestras, full symphony orchestras, jazz orchestra, big band, wind, and percussion ensembles. Following an audition, students will be placed in an appropriate ensemble based on their age and ability.
All students—both current and new—must audition to be considered for an ensemble. Eligible students are those who are entering grades 3-12. Registration now open.
View Performances from Current Students
NJYS is known for its high standard of excellence throughout the United States and internationally.
Our family of 15 orchestras serves 3rd to 12th-grade students, many of whom remain a part of the organization for as long as 10 years. Students flourish in our programs as they explore their potential, share the love of music with peers, and express themselves freely in a supportive and inclusive environment.
NJYS has received numerous prestigious awards for its adventurous programming from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).
NJYS has a rich history of fostering musical talent.
NJYS started in 1979. George Marriner Maull, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s assistant conductor, was the artistic director and the Summit Junior League provided seed funding.
NJYS started with 65 high school students.
Forty-four years later, NJYS has grown into the musical home for almost 500 of the state’s most talented young musicians in grades 3-12.