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Summer at NJIO 

Welcome to Summer at NJIO!

There are opportunities to hone your skills, learn something new, and make new friends! In 2024, we are proud to introduce a new program: the Intergenerational Conducting Institute, which will introduce musicians ages 13 and up to the art of orchestral conducting. We'll also host a small chamber orchestra to keep those ensemble skills sharp over the summer. Finally, in August, we'll get your technique in shape with Summer Studio-- small group lessons for strings, winds, and brass.

There's something for everyone- welcome!

Registration Closed for 2024

Summer Chamber Orchestra
6 sessions over two weeks:

Mon 7/8; Tue 7/9; Thu 7/11; Mon 7/15; Tue 7/16; Thu 7/18


36 Chatham Rd, Summit

Directed by Warren Cohen


Join us this summer for an unforgettable chamber orchestra experience! Our program is open to players of all ages and skill levels, and the music will be geared toward an intermediate level. Our Artistic Director Warren Cohen will focus on ensemble and individual technique, musicality, and more. This ensemble will also work with new and emerging conductors with our new Intergenerational Conducting Institute.


We welcome all string players. Woodwind, brass, and timpani players, please email us about space availability before registering (

The final session will be a "friends and family" informal performance.

Tuition: Early Bird Rate $210 until May 31st / Standard Rate $225

Registration closes June 21st

Cancellation policy: Full refund (less $25 registration fee) until June 21st. June 21st-July 1st 50% refund. After July 1st no refunds.  

New! Intergenerational Conducting Institute

Registration Closed for 2024

6 sessions over two weeks:

Mon 7/8; Tue 7/9; Thu 7/11; Mon 7/15; Tue 7/16; Thu 7/18


36 Chatham Rd, Summit

Directed by Warren Cohen & Oliver Hagen


All new for 2024, this one-of-a-kind program will introduce new or emerging conductors to the wonderful world of orchestral conducting. Participants will receive instruction on score study, conducting technique, rehearsal technique, and more. Participants will also have podium time with an amateur orchestra. Please read requirements carefully, as this program is extremely limited in size to give each conductor sufficient podium time. 

Open to: Instrumentalists age 13 and up

Requirements: Strong music reading skills, orchestra or band performance experience (for pianists: accompanying experience). No previous conducting experience required. 

Readiness: All applicants will take a short Zoom interview to determine readiness for the program. These will take place in June. 


The directors will select participants who have the greatest likelihood of success given the short timeframe of the program. People historically excluded from conducting-- particularly women, girls, nonbinary musicians, and musicians of color-- are encouraged to apply. 

For more information, please contact


Tuition: $400

Apply by May 15th

Full refund (less $25 registration fee) until June 21st. June 21st-July 1st 50% refund. After July 1st no refunds.  


Summer Studio
3 sessions:

Thursdays 8/15, 8/22, 8/29

Exact times to be confirmed for each instrument: 6:00-7:30 or 7:30-9:00pm

36 Chatham Rd, Summit

Directed by NJIO Artistic Staff; details to be confirmed

Keep your playing in tune this August with NJIO's Summer Studio! These advanced beginner / intermediate group lessons will focus on instrumental technique and musicality. Advanced players are welcome to get "back to basics!"

Available for the following instruments:




                        Woodwinds (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon)

                        Brass (trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba)


Tuition: $125

**Pre-register now: Once we have five pre-registrations for a class group (Violin, Viola, Cello, Woodwinds or Brass), we will start collecting the registration fee and we will offer that class. If we do not have five registrations for a class group by August 1st, we will not offer that particular group. If you have any questions about this process, please ask Mary Beth at

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