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Our Orchestras

Welcome to our orchestra page.  


NJIO has three tiered orchestras to fit the needs of all of our players and to promote growth and learning. String players are welcome to choose which group (and how many groups) they participate in.  Winds and brass are welcome to join Intermezzo and/or symphony.  (Please email to learn about open Symphony wind chairs.)

Listen to samples of each group

(click the music notes at the bottom right for sound)


Thursdays, 7:15 - 9:30

Conductor, Warren Cohen.


Musicians in symphony play at an intermediate to advanced level. The repertoire includes original full versions of symphonic works and concertos.


Thursdays, 5:45 - 7:00

Conductor,  Brian McGowan.


Musicians in intermezzo play at an advanced beginner and intermediate level. This group consists of strings, winds, brass, and percussion. The repertoire includes arrangements of classical pieces. 


Thursdays, 4:30 - 5:30

Conductor, Beth Maliszewski.


Musicians in Prelude play at a beginning level, have a basic understanding of notes and rhythms and are ready to begin playing in an ensemble. No previous ensemble experience is required. The repertoire includes arrangements of short classical pieces and fiddle tunes. Prelude is also great for people who are returning back to playing after a long break.  This group is open to strings and also C wind instruments (flute, oboe, bassoon). 

other programs.....

1 Wednesday/ month, 7:30 - 9:30
Conductor, Miki Hatcher

Outreach brings music to audiences who can not attend concerts. They perform about once a month in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, specialized schools, and libraries. 

Summer Chamber Sessions

The summer chamber sessions are open to players of all levels. Participants are grouped in small classes based on level. Each group has a skilled educator who guides the players through the skills needed for chamber music. 

Concerto Competition
Held annually each Spring

Each year NJIO holds a concerto competition. Winners of this competition receive a monetary prize and perform with NJIO symphony orchestra the following season. 

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