New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra is proud to present their 2020-2021 season, beginning Monday, September 14. The NJIO staff and creative team have come up with a robust virtual program for the fall session of our season, with the hope to transition into small group rehearsals by the end of the year, and later to full rehearsals and community concerts, including a scheduled date at Carnegie Hall on June 18.

Registration is open on the NJIO website: just click the link on the front page at We ask that all payments be made by credit card. Please contact Mary Beth Sweet at if you have any issues with the registration process. Season rates are $350 for individuals, $240 for Seniors and K-12 youth members, and $60 for Outreach Only. Registration will be open throughout the entire season.

For more information, or if you have any questions about this season plan or registration information, please contact Mary Beth Sweet at or 908-603-7691.

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NJIO 2020-2021 Season Plan

September 14 - NJIO Season Begins: Virtual Programming for our ensembles (Prelude, Intermezzo, and Symphony) will focus on skills needed to play music in a group. An important skill needed to play music as a group online is consistency in rhythm and ability to play in time. NJIO’s plan is to begin the season with a four-week online program for members to develop their rhythm and timing skills related to playing with a metronome or click track. Each Ensemble Conductor will focus on their own group, and all sessions will be interactive. The sessions will be about one hour long. Members can participate in any or all of the Ensemble group sessions. Other than your need to have a way to connect virtually, this is not technology intensive and we will help make sure everyone is set up to participate.

Mid-October to Mid-November: In this segment, each group will actually make music online. The conductors will choose music that is adaptable to different instrumentations. By the end of these sessions, each ensemble can create a virtual "performance" of the music they are working on. During this segment, coaches will work on the music with their sections. In this period, we will do at least one small group (4-5 players) breakout session for each instrument group. We will also provide instruction and assistance on how to record yourself playing. At the end of this period, Members will record their parts and send it to NJIO to be integrated into a coherent whole. We will share the final virtual recordings with all of our members.

Instructional Meetings and Webinars: During the Fall period we will offer a couple of instructional virtual meetings. At least one of these sessions will be specifically oriented to our younger members. These will be open only to NJIO members. Some examples of topics may be:

  • What a Conductor Does/How to Follow a Conductor. (This one will definitely be
  • offered)
  • Playing Under Pressure Workshop
  • Communicating Without Words: the art of non-verbal communication in music

NJIO will also present educational Webinars that will be open to the general public as was our Evolution of Music series. These will all be free to members, and available to the public for a small fee

Post Thanksgiving: After our Fall session wraps up, we will continue for a couple of weeks with other virtual programming for members, if small group activity is still limited. We also hope to do a virtual Members Recital.

2021: NJIO will be constantly evaluating the situation for when we can return to live rehearsals – even if it is only on a small group basis. We have programming planned for two full concerts for Winter and Spring plus our trip to Carnegie Hall June 18 where we would play Pictures at an Exhibition. If we can play together but not perform in front of an audience, we will do a live stream of our performances and record the concerts.

About NJIO

NJIO, now in its 26th 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.