Please register before July 15 at . This is the final deadline for summer program registration.

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Summer Strings Boot Camp at the Middletown Arts Center

July 29-Aug 2 Cost: $199  

  • Looking for a way to keep up with your string playing this summer?
  • Want to learn skills to improve your ensemble playing?
  • Interested in collaborating with other young string musicians?
  • Trying to get more out of your practice sessions?
  • Want to make new friends who love music too?

The New Jersey State Youth Orchestra is offering a week-long program for beginning and intermediate strings players with Mrs. Chelsey Dokus, a cellist with the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra and Four Shore Strings quartet, as well as the Preparatory Strings Orchestra conductor for NJSYO, and instrumental strings teacher at Marlboro Middle School and Marlboro Memorial Middle School.  

Intermediate Level – 1-3 daily

Open to students entering grades 6-8 with at least one year of experience on their instrument and the ability play a one octave D, G and C major scale (recommended).

Summer Brass and Woodwinds Boot Camp at the Middletown Arts Center

July 29-August 2 Cost: $199

The New Jersey State Youth Orchestra is offering a week-long program for beginning through advanced brass and woodwinds students offered by Ms. Jennifer Brush and Mr. John Luckenbill.

 Focus will be on:

  • Tone production (embouchure & articulation exercises)
  • Music literacy- note reading, rhythms
  • Technique – scales, etudes
  • Sight-reading
  • Develop small and large ensemble performance skills
  • Perform solo/chamber ensemble pieces (duets, trios, quartets, small ensemble works)

**ALL LEVELS** – 9:30-11:30 daily
Open to students entering grades 5 and up and at least 1 year of experience playing their instrument.

Summer Strings Chamber Ensemble 

July 2 – Aug 6   Cost: $199

The chamber ensemble is a small group where musicians learn to work together in a more intimate environment with a conductor who works closely with the students on an individual basis. The repertoire is eclectic with selections from rock, pop and jazz as well as the traditional classical.

Must be at least 13 years old, take private lessons, and successfully complete an audition with our conductor, Leo Soeda. Please email and include your instrument to request an audition date and time.

Rehearsals will be on Tuesday July 2, Thursday July 11, Thursday July 18, Thursday July 25, and Thursday August 1 from 6:30 to 9.

The NJSYO Summer Chamber Ensemble has been invited to open for the Al Covington Band at the July 29th show of the Asbury Park Music Foundation’s annual summer concert series “Music Mondays at Springwood Park.” See  and  for more information.

Finally, on Tuesday August 6, the group will perform at the Middletown Arts Center as part of their summer concert series.