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The New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) announced today that it will hold in-person auditions for the 2022-23 season. Audition registration for New Jersey’s largest youth orchestra program, encompassing 15 ensembles including strings, winds, percussion, jazz, chamber music, and three full orchestras, is available online.
Said Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Helen H. Cha-Pyo, “Here at NJYS, we strive to provide young musicians with the tools they need to grow both musically and personally. Through our ensemble program and summer camps, students have the opportunity to learn from top educators in the region and collaborate with young people who share their passion for music. We are especially excited to announce that the NJYS Youth Symphony and Jazz Orchestra will tour to Italy and France, respectively, in the summer of 2023! We invite young musicians to join NJYS and create lifelong friendships and memories.”
“Being a bassoonist, there is not a lot of us to be found around so to have a chance to play with other incredible musicians my age at NJYS has been so amazing. I love music. It’s a part of me, a part of my life and I want to make sure it stays that way,” said Samhita Tatavarty, a member of the NJYS Youth Symphony.
The New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS), founded in 1979, is a tiered orchestral program offering ensemble education for students in grades 3-12 across New Jersey. NJYS has grown from one orchestra of 65 students to over 500 students in 15 different orchestras and ensembles, including the internationally recognized Youth Symphony. NJYS ensembles have performed in venues including the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Carnegie Hall, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. NJYS has received numerous prestigious awards for its adventurous programming from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and has had six European tours, including participation in the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Festival and Competition (Vienna), winning First Prizes in July 2014 and 2017.
Entering its 43rd season, NJYS continues to achieve musical excellence through intensive instruction and high-level performance. Under the guidance of a talented team of conductors, coaches, and teaching artists, students are immersed in challenging repertoire, learning the art of ensemble playing, and exploring their potential in a supportive and inclusive environment. NJYS remains committed to programming works by diverse composers and regularly features 20th century African American and women composers such as Duke Ellington, George Walker, Yvonne Desportes, Emma Lou Diemer, Julia Perry, and Florence Price.
The New Jersey Youth Symphony is a program of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts. Wharton is New Jersey’s largest non-profit performing arts education organization serving over 1,500 students of all ages and abilities through a range of classes and ensembles. In addition to the New Jersey Youth Symphony, programs include the Paterson Music Project and Performing Arts School.