Orchestra To Hold Open House For Student Musicians

BERKELEY HEIGHTS The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (NJIO) has open seats for student musicians of all ages — from primary school through high school — for the remainder of the 2011 season and for the 2011- 2012 season.

By joining now, musicians will be able to perform in the Spring Concert on May 1. There is a specific need for bassoon, bass, trumpet, trombone and percussion players. Three ensembles with varying musical skill levels are available. Adults who play instruments are also invited to join. The Open House rehearsal is Thursday, Feb. 24 with specific times slots for each ensemble as follows:


  • The NJIO Symphony, conducted by NJIO Music Director Joe Gluck is for intermediate and advanced players of all ages and meets on Thursdays from 7:15 to 9:45 p.m. Only 1st violin players require an audition. On May 1, this symphony will premiere a new piece of music, “Concerto for Guitar and Chamber Orchestra,” written by noted American/Greek composer Victor Kioulaphides, whose music is performed in Argentina, Romania, Bolivia and Spain. The concerto will be performed by critically acclaimed guitarist, Christopher Kenniff, a Summit,resident, and accompanied by the NJIO Symphony.
  • The Intermezzo String Orchestra, conducted by Gavin Davies, performs at the intermediate level for all ages and meets Thursdays from 5:45 to 7 p.m.
  • The Prelude String Orchestra, conducted by Magaret Roberts is for beginning string musicians who can read music and want to learn how to rehearse and perform. It meets Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Seniors with limited finances should contact NJIO for assistance with musical instruction.

Musicians should bring a music stand and their instrument to the Wharton Music Center, 60 Locust Avenue, Berkeley Heights. For more information contact, visit www.njio.org.

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