The Arts Alive Combined Schools Program is Performing With Us!


Arts Alive, performing at the Sydney Conservatorium


Australian Ensemble Arts Alive Performs with NJIO in New Providence on December 17th

New Providence – Australian high school ensemble Arts Alive Combined Schools Program will perform alongside the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra in the orchestra’s annual Family Holiday Concert.  The concert will begin at 3:00PM on December 17th at New Providence High School.   

The Arts Alive Combined Schools Band Program is comprised of some of the most talented young musicians from various public schools in the Northern and Western Sydney areas.  Together with their conductor, James Hill, the group has had the opportunity to perform at many prestigious events and concerts, including an annual performance at both Sydney Opera House and Sydney Town Hall.  The band provides extension for talented public school musicians that are accepted into the program through annual auditions.

In April 2013, many of the members of Arts Alive participated in a two-week band tour to China.  The band performed at the Australian Embassy in Beijing, on the Great Wall, and visited secondary schools in Xi’an and Shenzhen, where they held a number combined performances.  In September 2015, students participated in a European tour to the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, and Germany.  The students are looking forward to touring the USA in December this year.  In addition to the Family Holiday Concert with NJIO, Arts Alive! will be making a recording in Disneyland participating in workshops hosted by the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago.  

The Arts Alive Combined Schools Program

The AACSB is a program offered to students attending public schools.  They are part of a program run by the New South Wales Department of Education and Communities and fall under the banner of the Arts in Education.  The aim of the program is for students involved in school band programs to develop their skills beyond their school experience, and to perform with students of similar abilities from other schools in an extension band program.  There are currently five bands involved in the AACSB program.  Students must audition for the bands each year.  The bands are all led and conducted by James Hill, who has a wealth of experience in bands himself.  

Director James Hill

Be sure to come to the Family Holiday Concert on December 17th at 3:00PM at New Providence High School to see the Arts Alive ensemble perform alongside NJIO!  NJIO’s featured soloist will be the second-place winner of the Young Artist Concerto Competition, violinist Eilene Lee.  Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted.   


Concert Details
December 17, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
New Providence High School
35 Pioneer Drive, New Providence
Free Admission


NJIO is committed to ensuring that its programs and concerts are accessible to all. For more information regarding the concert or to inquire about patron services, please contact Mary Beth Sweet at (908) 603-7691,, or visit NJIO’s website at or follow us on Facebook.

About NJIO
NJIO, now in its 24th season, has been recognized as a national leader in intergenerational excellence through its unique approach to teaching musical performance.  Not only do the  members aged 8 to 80 play together, but they also mentor one another.  In addition to providing free concerts and outreach to the community, NJIO has been invited to perform at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and at the United Nations, and was a finalist for the Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence.  NJIO welcomes new members of all ages and abilities each concert period to one of its several orchestras – no auditions needed! 

This program is made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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