Third Annual NJIO Young Artists Concerto Competition Seeks Applicants

BERKELEY HEIGHTS – Outstanding soloists, who play orchestral instruments and attend grades 7 – 12 in New Jersey, are invited to audition on Sept. 13, for the Young Artists Concerto Competition of The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra. The deadline to register is Sept. 1.

Applicants are required to play one movement of a Baroque or Classical period solo concerto by memory. Two winners will be chosen to receive $200 or $100 and perform their winning concertos with the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra in their 2010-11 concert season.


Last year, the winner of the competition was cellist Allegra Whiting, a student of Grover Cleveland Middle School in Caldwell. The runner-up was violinist Yuji Sugimoto, a student of New Providence Middle School.

The Young Artist Concerto Competition has been made possible in part through a grant from K&S Music of Berkeley Heights. For more information, contact Elizabeth Nowik, NJIO administrator at 1-908-603-7691, or, download the application at

This is the third consecutive year the NJIO has offered the Young Artists Concerto Competition. Located in the Wharton Music Center, 60 Locust Avenue, Berkeley Heights, the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (NJIO) rehearses from September through May.

The NJIO 2010 fall season open house rehearsal dates are Sept. 16 and 23, which includes the premier of a new Prelude String Orchestra that offers beginning instrumentalists of all ages the opportunity to play music in an ensemble. Prelude meets Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Intermezzo String Orchestra performs at the intermediate level for all ages and meets Thursdays from 5:45 to 7 p.m. The NJIO Symphony is for intermediate and advanced players of all ages and meets on Thursdays from 7:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Auditions are required only for the Symphony 1st violin players. Each orchestra has its own musical director and conductor. Musicians should bring a music stand and their instrument to the Wharton Music Center, 60 Locust Avenue, Berkeley Heights.

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