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New Jersey Youth Symphony

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The New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) is the premier provider of musical education to almost 500 of the state’s most talented young artists in grades 3 through 12. NJYS sets the standard for orchestral excellence through its 15 ensembles led by our staff of experienced and renowned conductors, many of whom are known throughout the U.S. and internationally. Our scholarship program allows all gifted artists to participate. NJYS ensembles perform at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Union County Performing Arts Center, and New Jersey Performing Arts Center, to local assisted living centers in New Jersey. NJYS is a program of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts. 

In 2017 and 2019, the Youth Symphony—NJYS’s premier ensemble—won first place at the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Festival and Competition in Vienna. 

NJYS celebrated its fortieth anniversary with “A Tribute to New Jersey,” a special public concert taking place on May 19, 2019 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center. NJYS’s Artistic Director Helen Cha-Pyo led over 500 youth musicians  in a performance of Carl Orff’s iconic Carmina Burana with choruses from five local high schools participating. 

Carmina Burana Rehearsal

NJ TV coverage of a NJYS rehearsal. The one-hour piece Carmina Burana was performed at NJYS’s 40th Anniversary concert at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center by 500 student musicians from the NJ Youth Symphony and five local high schools.

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Mahler‘s Symphony No 1 in D Major

New Jersey Youth Symphony, Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, Jan. 27, 2019

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NJYS Performs Carmina Burana

NJYS’s 40th anniversary performance at New Jersey Performing Arts Center featured NJ soloists Mia Pafumi (soprano), Theron Cromer (tenor), and John-Andrew Fernandez (baritone) as well as the combined forces of NJYS, J.P Stevens High School Chorus, Newark Academy Chorus, New Providence High School Chorus, Ridge High School A Cappella Honors Choir, Somerville High School Chorus, and the Newark Boys Chorus. It featured a string orchestra of 100 instrumentalists led by conductor Helen H. Cha-Pyo.


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