What We Offer

Established in 1977, the New Jersey State Youth Orchestra (NJSYO) serves the region and the state by providing young people with outstanding music education and community performance opportunities in preparatory, intermediate and advanced orchestras and advanced ensembles under the direction of professional musicians and music educators. During the course of its 40+ year history, the NJSYO has contributed to the musical education and careers of thousands of young people. The NJSYO is a non-profit organization administered and run solely by volunteers from the community.


The MAC is closed until March 31 and all rehearsals during the month of March are cancelled. In addition, the March 21 and April 4 concerts have been cancelled. All families should check their email for more information.

2019-2020 Schedule

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2019-2020 Mid-Season Registration

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Board Meetings

The NJSYO Board is meeting monthly at the Middletown Arts Center. Please check the calendar and let us know if you'd like to join us!


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Meet Our Conductors

Ben Ringer

Ben Ringer

Symphonic Youth Orchestra, Conductor; NJSYO Musical Director
Leo Soeda

Leo Soeda

Chamber Music Ensemble, Conductor
Joseph Ciappina

Joseph Ciappina

Concert Youth Orchestra, Conductor
Chelsey Dokus

Chelsey Dokus

Preparatory String Orchestra, Conductor

Mission Statement & Sponsors

The New Jersey State Youth Orchestra (NJSYO) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and a New Jersey registered charity. We are operated exclusively by volunteers for the purpose of providing musical education to our youth. With approximately 100 students grouped by age and ability into three orchestras and two ensembles, the NJSYO offers young musicians a unique opportunity to grow and refine their musical talents in an orchestral environment.