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NJ Youth Symphony Gives Students from Livingston Opportunities to Learn and Perform

Jordan T. Chester

Saturday, July 13, 2013 • 7:54am

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Students from Livingston and the region have the opportunity to audition to become part of the New Jersey Youth Symphony Orchestra (NJYS). Programs occur during the school year, and during the summer as part of what is called the “NJYS Summer Orchestral Music Camp.”

Jill Friedland, a Livingston High School student and flute player, attended the NJYS camp program last summer, and is now involved with the organization throughout the year.

Of the NJYS camp program, Jill stated that, “The camp is a really good experience, and it helps you to site read music, and to build up how good you are at playing a lot of music.” 

She also said that her favorite music to perform is classical, especially works by Mozart and Bach.

Jill’s mother, Robin Friedland, stated that, “At NJYS, we found a very positive atmosphere, and I think that helps the kids.” She added that the camp program is one in which kids can learn and perform their music, but in a relaxed environment.

Another Livingston resident, Jennifer Wu, who just graduated from Livingston High School and will be attending Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, has been involved with NJYS for six years.

Wu, who began playing the flute when she was in fourth grade, says she most enjoys performing french and contemporary music the most.

“I think NJYS really improved my playing and edicate as a musician” she remarked. Wu added that her initial audition to become a part of NJYS was her first ever.

“Being able to play with such great musicians on a year long basis is just incredible, just sitting around such incredible musicians makes you a better musician” she added.

Diana Charos Reilly, the Director of the NJYS Summer Orchestral Summer Music Camp, said of the summer camp program that, “The goal here is to accept intermediate and advanced players from 4th to 8th grade; all the students and the staff play in a festival orchestra, a full camp orchestra.”

Ms. Reilly also added that during the summer program, students are broken up into smaller groups, which helps them in playing solos.

Students in the summer camp orchestral program are taught by professional music teachers, musicians, college students with music education majors, and volunteers.

The summer program, which lasts for two weeks at a time, also allows students the chance to play in a concert.

“Our main goal is not only to improve their musical education, but we have team building, so we are also looking to build their self-esteem as a musician, and just in general,” Ms. Reilly stated.

During the school year, NJYS afterschool programs, which consist of several ensembles, give students the opportunity to work with professional musicians and music teachers.

Throughout the school year program, students meet once a week for rehersal, and chamber music occurs on Sundays. The students also have the opportunity to perform in two or three concerts throughout the year. 

There is also an audition process for students to become a part of NJYS programs.

More information on NJYS programs can be found by visiting http://www.njys.org/ or by calling (908)-771-5544. 

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