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Our Orchestras

Listen to samples of each group

Prelude, Intermezzo, and Symphony

Kean-NJIO Promotional Video

All ensembles are open to all strings (violin, viola, cello, bass).


Winds, Brass, and Percussion are by approval when chairs are open. Email to learn more.

NJIO Membership for Strings includes access to all ensembles (Prelude, Intermezzo, Symphony and Kean-NJIO.)

Symphony, Intermezzo and Prelude perform 4 concerts a year.



Thursdays, 7:30 - 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,  Oliver Hagen.


Musicians in intermezzo play at an advanced beginner and intermediate level. 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.  

Kean-NJIO Orchestra

Tuesdays, 6:00 - 8:30

Conductor, Warren Cohen.


Our newest ensemble, Kean-NJIO is a Chamber Orchestra. Musicians play at an Intermediate or Advanced level. Rehearsals and concerts are held at Kean University in Union, NJ. There are two concerts per year.

1 Wednesday/ month, 7:00 - 9:00
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. 

other programs.....

Summer at NJIO
Visit the summer program page

In the summer, NJIO offers 
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.

Young Artist Concerto Competition
Visit the Concerto Competition page
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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