BERKELEY HEIGHTS—The New Jersey State Council on the Arts has presented a Citation of Excellence to the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (NJIO).
NJIO is one of 36 organizations in the state receiving outstanding evaluations for exhibiting “the highest standards of excellence in its artistry, operations, governance, public benefit and fulfillment of areas of (Arts) Council priority.”
“We are honored that the State Council on the Arts has recognized NJIO’s artistic and organizational achievements,” said Len Avdey, president of NJIO’s Board of Directors. “It is an acknowledgement that musical performance continues to be a vital contributor to community life in New Jersey.”
In a presentation at the State House Annex in Trenton, Avdey and musical director Joe Gluck accepted the Citation of Excellence from the State Arts Council leadership joined by members of the New Jersey State Legislature.
Beginning its 16th year, NJIO will hold free Open House rehearsals on Sept. 17 and 24. Guests can bring an instrument and music stand and play along with the orchestra. Sheet music will be provided.
Only classical instruments can be accommodated such as strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. No pianos will be available. The orchestra has a special need for more woodwind and brass players, though the flute section is complete already.
Those guests without instruments are also invited. Information on where to obtain an instrument and how to get instruction will be available.
The two Open Houses and all NJIO rehearsals will take place at the Judith Wharton Music Center, 60 Locust Avenue, in Berkeley Heights. Beginners should arrive by 5:45 p.m. for a 75-minute session. Musicians with some musical experience should arrive by 7 p.m. for a separate 150-minute session.
NJIO has a full symphony, an Outreach String Ensemble, an intermediate String Orchestra and is planning to initiate a Beginners’ Orchestra. Its goal is to “bridge the generations through music.” The current orchestra includes musicians from 6 years of age through 80, at all skill levels from amateur through professional performer. The orchestra takes pride in its mentoring program where players with lesser skills sit alongside more accomplished musicians.
NJIO’s summer chamber music string workshop completed a series of sessions last month. This September NJIO will sponsor its second Baroque Competition for young artists. Information is available at www.njio.org.
For more information or directions, contact Liz Nowik, NJIO’s administrator, (908) 603-7691, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Wharton Center, just five minutes from I-78 exit #41, has convenient handicapped access and plenty of parking.
New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (left to right): Steve Runk, Executive Director, NJ State Council on the Arts; Carol Ann Herbert, Chair, NJ State Council on the Arts; Joe Gluck, Music Director, New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra; Amy B. Simon, Council Member, NJ State Council on the Arts; Len Avdey, President, New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra; Germaine B. Trabert, Council Member, NJ State Council on the Arts (Photo courtesy of the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra)