New Jersey Youth Symphony students are immersed in rigorous repertoire, learn the art of ensemble playing, and explore their potential in a supportive environment.
Students of NJYS study a primary instrument and participate in ensemble practice and instrumental sectionals weekly.
About Our Programs
Opportunities exist for NJYS students depending on where they are in their musical studies, and what their interests are. Following an audition, students will be placed in an appropriate ensemble based on their age and ability.
In addition to ensemble practice, students will have 2-3 performances a year. Special performances include the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, NJPAC in Newark, and Carnegie Hall.
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 pathway from section player to principal, and each student’s journey will be different.
How to Apply
NJYS opens new spots each spring. Current and prospective students should complete the following steps:
All applicants must submit an online audition registration, which will be made available online when registration opens.*
Review audition requirements.
Attend and complete the audition.
Receive a letter via email announcing student’s status.
Register for your course online using the link provided via email.
*All students audition each year to secure a position in an ensemble regardless of their previous participation in the program. Please do not create a new account if you already had one. For any help with your password, give us a call at 908-771-5544. Returning student? Click here to access your account.
The Wharton Arts Scholarship Fund awards tuition assistance based on financial need each year. The fund is made possible by generous donations from our community (link to Donate page). If you are interested in applying for tuition assistance, contact Director of Orchestra Administration Stacy Square at (908) 771-5544 or info@NJYS.org. CLICK HERE for the Financial Assistance form.
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