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 orchestral and chamber groups 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.


Registration will open in early August for auditions for the 2019-2020 season. Auditions will take place on September 5.

2019 Summer Programs

Registration is still open for Summer 2019 Bootcamps and Summer Chamber Ensemble at the MAC! Deadline is July 15. Click the menus above for more information or click this icon to register.

2019-2020 Registration

Register Today for our next fabulous NJSYO season!

Board Meetings

This summer, the NJSYO Board will meet on the last Thursday of each month at the Middletown Arts Center.


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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 a chamber ensemble, the NJSYO offers young musicians a unique opportunity to grow and refine their musical talents in an orchestral environment.