The New Jersey State Youth Orchestra is made up of four ensembles as listed below. Students are grouped by age and ability within the PSO, CYO, and SYO, while the Chamber Music Program provides young musicians of various ages and abilities the opportunity to perform in smaller groups. For more information about the NJSYO and our programs, please refer to our Parent/Student Handbook. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Preparatory String Orchestra
The Preparatory String Orchestra (PSO) is oriented toward students who are just beginning their musical training. It is open to string players in the second grade and above. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at the Middletown Arts Center, Middletown, NJ.
Concert Youth Orchestra
The Concert Youth Orchestra (CYO) is open to string , woodwind, and brass players in the fifth grade and above. The orchestra is designed to expose students to the symphonic repertoire, and to hone skills in orchestral playing. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at the Middletown Arts Center, Middletown, NJ.
Symphonic Youth Orchestra – Ben Ringer, Conductor
Formerly known as the Senior Youth Orchestra, the Symphonic Youth Orchestra (SYO) is open to string, woodwind, and brass players in the ninth grade and above. The SYO performs the full symphonic repertoire, and provides advanced orchestral experience for young musicians. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at the Middletown Arts Center, Middletown, NJ.
Chamber Music Ensemble – Leo Soeda, Coach
The Chamber Music Ensemble gives advanced students the unique experience of playing in a small group with more individual responsibility. Students learn to play together using cues and focused listening while being mentored by Mr. Soeda. Past Chamber Ensemble performances have included, community outreach concerts, collaboration with Rockit of the Count Basie Theater, and other small venue opportunities. Rehearsals are on Saturday afternoons at the Middletown Arts Center, Middletown, NJ.