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NJIO Online Registration is Now Open (Early Bird Discount until July 1!)

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Starting with Fall 2017 registration, everyone will need to complete their registration forms online.  You will have the option to pay by Credit Card or by Check.

In order to receive the early bird discount, you must complete your registration online by July 1st.  If paying by check, your payment needs to be in the office by July 1st.  There will be a convenience fee of $5-$10 added to your transaction if you pay by Credit Card (amount is determined by size of the transaction). 

If you need assistance in filling out the registration form, you can drop by NJIO and use our computer with Mary Beth’s assistance.   Please email or call Mary Beth to make sure she will be in the office at the time you wish to come by.

To register now, go to www.njio.org  and click on JOIN (tab across top), and Membership Registration Form (second item in the drop down menu).  Follow the instructions. 

If you have any questions, contact Mary Beth Sweet at mbsweet@njio.org or (908) 603-7691.

Want to know more about the 2017-2018 season before registering? Check out what’s in store for next year:

  • NJIO kicks off the Summer with two Chamber Music programs in June and July. The small group sessions, four weeks each, will help you discover the power and beauty of creating music in a chamber ensemble.  That is followed by Summer String Studio in August which will reinforce and extend the musical abilities of string players by systematically strengthening their core music knowledge. We will also have one Open Reading Rehearsal this summer – a preview of both some of the Intermezzo and Symphony music we plan to play next year.  Flute Choir also plans to meet over the summer.  Summer programs are open to the community, so bring a friend with you!
  • Another four Concert Season begins in September.  Warren plans for Symphony to start the season off with Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony (Pastorale.)  We hope to end the season with the well-known choral piece by Coleridge-Taylor: Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast.  Works by Saint-Saëns, Smetana, and Brahms are also on the plan.  A Holiday Concert and pieces with two Rising Talent Concerto Competition Winners round out the season.  Intermezzo will continue to play complementary pieces and Prelude and Flute Choir will perform at each concert.
  • Open House rehearsals (bring a friend! bring multiple friends!) are September 14 and September 21.
  • A trip to NJPAC.  Outreach Ensemble has been invited to play before the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra concert for the October 12 afternoon performance at the NJPAC lobby.  And the NJSO will be playing Beethoven’s Sixth– sound familiar?  NJIO has arranged for discount tickets to be made available for NJIO members.  Should be fun and a great learning experience!

See you in September!

Keep Up with Your Instrument with NJIO’s Summer Programs

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NJIO’s Brand New Flute Choir Performing During Intermission

 

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New Providence – Summer programs at New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (NJIO) begin on June 8th with the first of two Chamber Music Workshops.  These workshops provide the perfect opportunity for music students of all ages and abilities to explore the artistry of chamber music while gaining confidence and skills as a musician.  Led by NJIO’s Artistic Director Warren Cohen, this program offers professional chamber coaching in a non-competitive atmosphere.

 

Chamber Music Workshops are open to string, woodwind, brass and piano players.  We encourage both individual musicians and established groups to participate in the workshop.  Whether this is your first chamber music experience, you are an individual that wants to expand your chamber repertoire, or are anxious to explore an ambitious chamber piece with a group of friends, this workshop is for you!

 

Thursday evenings in August, NJIO offers the Summer String Studio.  This studio prepares string musicians in school, youth or community orchestras for the upcoming season with instruction in bowing, rhythmic integrity, sight reading, intonation, and score reading.  It is also great for those who want to improve their musicianship.

 

New this year, NJIO’s summer programming will also include a Flute Choir.  If you love to play flute, or want to gain experience playing your flute in a group, this is the ensemble for you.  The group has all levels of musicianship.

 

Discounts for early registration are available for the June session by May 25, the July session by June 22 and for the August Session by July 20.  Please register online for Chamber Music Workshops at http://njio.org/join/chamber and for Summer String Studio at http://njio.org/join/stringstudio/.  Contact Mary Beth Sweet at info@njio.org     or (908) 603-7691 for more information.

 

Programs are scheduled on Thursdays, 7-9 pm

570 Central Avenue, New Providence, NJ

 

Chamber Music Workshop

June Session: June 8, 15, 22, 29

July Session: July 6, 13, 20, 27

 

Summer String Studio:

August 3, 10, 17, 24

 

Flute Choir

New this year! Call NJIO to find out more.

 

About NJIO

New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra, now in its 23rd season, has been nationally recognized as a leader in intergenerational excellence through its unique approach to teaching musical performance and as a model for intergenerational orchestras across the country.  Not only do the intergenerational members play together, but they also mentor each other.  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., the United Nations, and was a finalist for the Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence.  NJIO welcomes new members of all ages and abilities – no auditions needed!  Be on the lookout for announcements about our upcoming season!

 

NJIO is committed to ensuring that all programs and concerts are accessible to everyone.  For more information or to inquire about patron services, please contact Mary Beth Sweet at (908) 603-7691info@njio.org, or visit NJIO’s website at http://njio.org or Facebook page.

 

This program is made possible in part by funds from ACMP – The Chamber Music Network.  Funding is also provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State.

 

Violinists Perform in NJIO’s Prelude Ensemble

Cellists Perform in NJIO Concert

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Check Out the Press Release for Our May 7 Concert!

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NJ Intergenerational Orchestra Performs with NJSO’s Brennan Sweet on May 7 in Summit

 

New Providence – New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra’s spring concert will feature renowned guest artist, Brennan Sweet, the Associate Concertmaster of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.  Come to this free concert on Sunday, May 7 at 3 pm at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School and be treated to beautiful works by Bruch, Respighi, Beethoven, and more.

 

NJIO’s Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Artistic Director Maestro Warren Cohen, will be performing Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 1, Respighi’s Church Windows, and Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, featuring soloist Brennan Sweet.  The Leonore Overture No. 1 is one of four overtures that Beethoven composed for his only opera, Fidelio.  Respighi’s Vetrate di Chiesa (or Church Windows) was written during a prolific period, three years after his famous Pines of Rome.  Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 2 was dedicated to the famous Spanish violinist Pablo de Sarasate.

 

NJIO’s Intermezzo Orchestra, led by Brian McGowan, will also perform a Respighi composition, Ancient Airs and Dances No. 1, as well as Boyce’s Symphony No. 4.  Composed ten years prior to Church Windows, Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances No. 1 is based on Renaissance lute pieces by the father of Galileo Galilei and other composers, inspired by Respighi’s interest in musicology and early Italian music.  William Boyce’s Symphony No. 2 is one of eight symphonies composed by this 18th century organist, whose works are rarely performed today.

 

Be sure to arrive to the concert half an hour early to enjoy a short, but delightful serenade by NJIO’s Prelude Ensemble, led by conductor Robert Anderson, in the lobby.  During Intermission, NJIO’s newly formed Flute Choir led by Alissa Delgado will perform selections.

 

Spring Concert Details

 

May 7, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School

272 Morris Ave, Summit

Free Admission

 

NJIO is committed to ensuring that its programs and concerts are accessible to all.  For more information regarding the organization, the concert or to inquire about patron services, please contact Mary Beth Sweet at (908) 603-7691, info@njio.org, or visit NJIO’s website http://njio.org or Facebook page.

 

About NJIO

New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra, now in its 23rd season, has been nationally recognized as a leader in intergenerational excellence through its unique approach to teaching musical performance and as a model for intergenerational orchestras across the country.  Not only do the intergenerational members play together, but they also mentor each other.  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., 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!

 

 

Photo  – Brennan Sweet, Associate Concertmaster of the NJSO, will be NJIO’s guest soloist at the May concert

 

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Check Out the Press Release for March 5 Concert “Circle of Dvorak”

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For Immediate Release

 

NJIO Will Sweep You Away with “Circle of Dvorak” Concert on Sunday, March 5 in Morristown

 

 

Morristown – Audience goers will be moved by the romanticism of “Circle of Dvorak” at New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra’s winter concert on March 5 at 3:00 p.m. at the College of Saint Elizabeth.  All four of NJIO’s groups (two full orchestras, a string ensemble, and a flute choir) will perform, each consisting of amateur and professional musicians from age 5 to 85.  Admission is free.

 

NJIO’s Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Artistic Director Maestro Warren Cohen, will begin with “Ballade in A minor” by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, a British composer who was the first classical composer of African descent to rise to prominence.  “Ballade” was commissioned for the 1898 Three Choirs Festival at the suggestion of Edward Elgar, who saw promise in the then-little known composer.  Symphony Orchestra will also perform Antonin Dvorak’s glorious Symphony No. 6, a pastoral symphony reminiscent of Brahms’s second symphony.  Dvorak, a Czech composer known for weaving folk rhythms from his native Bohemia into his compositions, became internationally renowned because of this symphony.

 

NJIO’s Intermezzo Orchestra, led by Brian McGowan, will also perform a work by Dvorak, his Slavonic Dance No. 4.  This dance is one of sixteen that were originally composed for two pianos, and the work as a whole is one for which Dvorak is best known, embodying his lively folk rhythms.  Intermezzo will then play a rendition of Swan Hennessy’s “Two Pieces for Orchestra,” arranged by NJIO’s own Graham Cohen, who also plays and coaches violin and viola in NJIO.  Hennessy was an Irish-American composer of late-Romantic music, making this piece a fitting addition to a romantic concert.

 

Be sure to arrive to the concert half an hour early to enjoy a short, but delightful serenade by NJIO’s Prelude Ensemble, led by conductor Robert Anderson, in the lobby.  During Intermission, NJIO’s newly formed Flute Choir will perform selections.

 

Concert Details

March 5, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

College of Saint Elizabeth

2 Convent Road, Morristown

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, info@njio.org, or visit NJIO’s website http://njio.org or Facebook page.

 

About NJIO

New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra, now in its 23rd season, has been nationally recognized as a leader in intergenerational excellence through its unique approach to teaching musical performance and as a model for intergenerational orchestras across the country.  Not only do the intergenerational members play together, but they also mentor each other.  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., 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!  The next Open House rehearsals for NJIO will be March 16 and 23, 2017 – all are welcome!

 

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Funding is also provided by Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation, Investors Foundation, Northern New Jersey Musicians’ Guild – Local 16-248 of American Federation of Musicians, Lillian Schenck Foundation, Shilling Family Foundation, Ltd, Standish Foundation, Henry S. and Agnes M. Truzack Foundation, and Turrell Fund.

 

Bring a Friend to NJIO, Get $25!

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We at NJIO often describe this wonderful organization as a family, and while it’s close-knit, it’s not exclusive!  We are always excited when our members bring friends to grow and enhance this organization.  To promote this expansion, all NJIO members will receive $25 toward their membership fee if they bring a friend who joins NJIO.

Open House rehearsal for the current concert period will be January 5 and 12.  This is a great opportunity to bring a friend and get $25.  For more information about this promotion and other matters pertaining to NJIO, please contact Mary Beth Sweet at mbsweet@njio.org or (908) 603-7691.


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