The New Jersey State Youth Orchestra is made up of three orchestras and two ensembles as listed below. Students are grouped by age and ability within the three orchestras, while the two ensemble groups provide young musicians of various ages and advanced ability the opportunity to perform in smaller groups. For more information, please contact us.
Preparatory String Orchestra
The Preparatory String Orchestra (PSO) is one of our most important and unique programs. It is designed to develop the skills required for string musicians to succeed in a symphony orchestra, as well as expose them to the unique and wonderful repertoire available to string orchestras. Many of our best and brightest young musicians began their NJSYO career in the PSO.
Concert Youth Orchestra
The Concert Youth Orchestra (CYO) is open to string, woodwind, brass, and percussion 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.
Symphonic Youth Orchestra
Formerly known as the Senior Youth Orchestra, the Symphonic Youth Orchestra (SYO) is open to string, woodwind, brass, and percussion players in the ninth grade and above. The SYO performs the full symphonic repertoire, and provides advanced orchestral experience for young musicians.
NJSYO Chamber Ensemble
The Chamber Ensemble gives advanced string students the unique experience of playing in a small group with more individual responsibility and more performance opportunities. Students learn to play together using cues and focused listening. Past Chamber Ensemble performances have included community outreach concerts, collaboration with Rockit of the Count Basie Theater, international competitions and performances in New York, and other unique opportunities.
NJSYO Wind Ensemble
Our new Wind Ensemble provides advanced students playing brass and woodwinds instruments with the opportunity to playing in a small group with more individual responsibility and more performance opportunities. Students learn to play together using cues and focused listening.