The Garden State Philharmonic’s Music for Young People; sponsored by Kiwanis shares the power of music with more than 3,500 public and private school students through hands-on classroom demonstrations led by the Conductor and guest professional artists; live chamber ensemble assemblies, and free to the public Young People’s Concerts uniting the professional artists and participating students in performance.  Through classroom visits and musical assemblies, young people learn about orchestral music, instruments, the science of sound, musical excerpts from the concert, concert behavior, and the growing list of ways they can get involved in music. Pre-concert activities include an Instrument Petting Zoo led by veteran GSPYO members and a Student Artwork Gallery compiled by art teachers.  Originally piloted solely in the Toms River Regional Schools and later expanded geographically, the Music for Young People Program is adapted in collaboration with partnering schools and districts. Fees for the program are subsidized by government, corporate and private foundation grants. Costs to partners are determined based on program adaptation and duration of the program.

During our 63rd Season, the Garden State Philharmonic was proud to partner with Music & Arts and the Ocean County Library to bring Meet the Music to Ocean County Library. This series of educational events introduced families and small children to the instrument families of the orchestra. Each event featured a small presentation and performance by our professional musicians as well as our Youth Orchestra musicians and an instrument petting zoo, where children and their families were able to touch, hear, and PLAY the instruments being presented.

To begin laying the foundation for having the Music for Young People Program; sponsored by Kiwanis in your school or community e-mail


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