Have you ever heard of the Mozart Effect? Research shows that the study and performance of classical music can enhance cognition and stimulate development, yet very few of the schools in our area provide students with the opportunity to study a string instrument or perform in an orchestra.
So, in 1977, a group of volunteer parents got together to form the New Jersey State Youth Orchestra, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, whose goals were to provide children with musical education and performance opportunities in an orchestral setting and spread the joy of classical music to the community.
Forty years later, the NJSYO continues to be run by parent volunteers who remain dedicated to serving the communities of Central New Jersey and keeping classical music alive. These volunteers work tirelessly to ensure that our students receive the highest-caliber musical experience at the lowest possible cost, while providing the community with symphonic concert experiences in libraries, schools, retirement homes, and other community venues, at little or no charge for attendance.
If you would like to help us continue our mission and provide these wonderful opportunities to our students and the community, please consider making a donation. Our 100-member orchestra is funded soley by student registration/tuition and donations, and we run on a very tight budget, so your help is critical.
If you can't make a donation, you can still help us by spreading the word about our organization! We are always looking for new members, so if you know any young musicians who are in grades 2-12 and play brass, woodwind, percussion, and/or string instuments, please refer them to our website at njsyo.org.
Thank you so much for your support!