2021/2022 Season


NJIO 2021-2022 Regular Season Plan 

Updated as of January 4, 2022 

Vaccination policy: All members eligible for a Covid vaccine must either provide proof of full vaccination or a negative test to attend live events. In the fall, vaccines were not available to children under 12, so they were exempted from this policy. Children under 12 are now subject to the same requirements as our other members.


At the present time, CDC defines full vaccination as:

2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or

2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine


At this time, we are not requiring a Booster in order to attend rehearsals, but that may change in the future. We will take into account guidance from CDC, the State, and others in making this decision. We encourage everyone to follow state and federal recommended guidance on boosters.


Mask policy remains unchanged. Masks are required to be worn at all times except for winds and brass while actively playing. Bell covers are required for most wind and brass instruments.


Our Health Questionnaire will be revised to reflect any new rules regarding attendance after Covid-19 and after a close contact.


As before, if you are not feeling well, if you know you are sick or if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, please DO NOT come to NJIO and put others at risk.

It is your responsibility to notify us if you have tested positive or if you have been exposed to Covid. We will provide you with specifics as the need arises, but generally we will require a 10 day isolation if you have tested positive for Covid and 5-10 days isolation and a negative test if you have been exposed to Covid through a close contact.

September 1, 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. Instead, we will be offering skill-building classes for strings and for wind/brass/and percussion. Winds/brass/and percussion classes will take place on Nov. 29th and Dec. 13th. Strings classes will take place on Nov. 22 and Dec. 6. Each class will run from 7 - 9 pm.

  • 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 there 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 their 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. Our protocols will be updated as circumstances change. Up-to-date protocols can be found here.