NJIO 2021-2022 Regular Season Plan
Updated as of July 15, 2021
Plans are in place for NJIO’s 28th Season! Of course, we all know that things can change as COVID restrictions change from time to time, but here is our plan as of today.
NJIO is planning on holding three live concerts this season. The dates are set but the repertoire is preliminary and dependent on our ensemble makeup and ability to play in a larger group. Intermezzo and Prelude repertoire is not yet finalized.
Fall – Sunday, November 14 at 3 pm at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church in Plainfield. Our current plan is for Symphony to play Konzerstucke by Chaminade and Symphony No 2 “London” by Vaughan Williams
Winter – Sunday, February 27 (location TBD) Our current plan is for Symphony to play Symphony no.3 (Singuliere) by Berwald. This is a piece that our Artistic Director will help transition us towards playing Brahms next year. Cadee Lee, our 2021 Young Artist Concerto Competition winner will join us for this concert. She will perform Aaron Copland’s Concerto for Clarinet. You can read more about Cadee in the concerto competition section of our webpage.
Spring - Sunday, April 24 (location TBD) . We hope to have Symphony play Ravel’s arrangement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition as part of this program.
At the present time, we are planning for each of our ensembles – Prelude, Intermezzo, and Symphony – to perform as a group at each of the concerts. Prelude is Strings only and Intermezzo and Symphony include Strings, Wind, Brass, and Percussion. If the situation requires, we may have to adjust the program to separate Winds and Brass from strings but we don't anticipate this currently.
We plan to hold our rehearsals indoors at 570 Central Avenue – our usual rehearsal space. Our landlord is the Wharton Institute for Performing Arts and they have made several modifications to the space in response to the pandemic. The ventilation system has been retrofitted to bring in more outside air and a large FDA approved air purifying system has been installed in the large rehearsal rooms as well as the smaller rooms in the space.
If necessary, we can use the tented outdoor space in Berkeley Heights in September and October as long as the weather is warm enough.
Rehearsals will begin on September 20. The current time schedule for each group follows but is subject to change if we need to limit ensemble sizes:
Prelude: 4:30 – 5:30
Intermezzo: 5:45 – 7:00
Symphony: 7:15 – 9:30
NJIO generally allows its members to play in more than one ensemble. If we have space restrictions due to Covid requirements it may be necessary to limit players to one ensemble.
Symphony Wind parts will be limited according to the Artistic Director’s plan. While we would like to accommodate everyone for every piece, this is sometimes not practical. We will work to give everyone an opportunity to play but will also be holding supplemental Wind ensemble sessions beginning in January which all winds will be invited to attend. Intermezzo Winds will not be limited by part.
What’s new this season?
We are not holding a Holiday Concert this year but we do intend to provide some live programming opportunities between our Fall concert and the holiday break. This will most likely be an opportunity for strings, winds, and brass to work separately on skills and advancing repertoire capability. We may be able to do some chamber ensemble work in this period as well.
We are planning a series of Saturday morning sessions for Winds beginning in January 2022. This will give our wind players more opportunity to play as their will be limitations on the number of players in Symphony.
In the past, NJIO has had a fairly relaxed approach to attendance and timely arrival to rehearsal. We understand that there may be special situations that need to be dealt with but we will be asking everyone to be respectful of your fellow musicians and follow our basic rules.
We will begin each rehearsal on time. Everyone should arrive at least 5-10 minutes ahead of rehearsal time to unpack and setup
We understand that people have to miss rehearsal for various reasons. However, this can be disruptive to the group so we will ask that this be kept to a minimum, hopefully no more than 2 per concert period. If anyone misses more than 2 rehearsals per concert period, their participation in the concert will be at the discretion of the conductor. We do require advance notice if you will miss a rehearsal or concert.
COVID protocols: NJIO will follow all protocols established by the State and our landlord Wharton Arts as they may be in effect from time to time. At the present time we anticipate the following will be in effect as we open the season:
Health questionnaires and waiver of liability form will be submitted before each rehearsal or concert.
Vaccinated individuals will not be required to wear face coverings. Vaccinated individuals will provide appropriate proof of vaccination.
Unvaccinated individuals will be required to wear face coverings during rehearsal.
Social distancing as required.
While we don't know how many members will be vaccinated, our experience in the Spring was that a large majority of individuals were fully vaccinated.