Garden State Philharmonic
Youth Orchestras Program

As part of its commitment to education, the Garden State Philharmonic actively sponsors three youth orchestras to provide young musicians the opportunity to play in an orchestra and receive training to develop and enhance individual musicianship. The three ensembles work together as feeder programs allowing students to build on their knowledge and advance up the musical ladder. The members come from various schools throughout the Jersey Shore.

Open auditions are scheduled at the beginning of each October. For students who wish to enter the program after the open audition, an appointment must be scheduled by e-mailing the program coordinator at

The three youth orchestras typically perform two large concerts, one in late winter and one in June, as well as performing throughout the year at a variety of venues in the area. Scholarships are awarded each year to students who are pursuing a degree in music. Those accepted to the GSPYO must pay annual member dues and support capacity-building activities. A limited number of dues scholarships are granted.


Click on any of the following links to get started.

Download GSPYO Welcome Letter and Checklist Download Membership Application Form


Pay Application Fee or Member Dues Balance
Please confirm amount due before paying the balance of member dues online.

Audition Information

Download SYO Audition Guidelines Download SYO Audition Excerpts Download SE Audition Guidelines Download CYO Audition Guidelines Download SE and CYO Audition Excerpts

Tips for participating members:


All GSPYO ensembles rehearse at the following times on Tuesday evenings:

  • String Ensemble/Prep. Orchestra (SE): 6-7 pm at Toms River Intermediate School East on Hooper Avenue in Toms River
  • Concert Orchestra (CYO): 7:15-8:30 pm at Toms River Intermediate School East on Hooper Avenue in Toms River
  • Symphonic Orchestra (SYO): 7:15-8:45 pm at Toms River Intermediate School East on Hooper Avenue in Toms River

For young members invited by the GSPYO Instructor/Conductors to join the Chamber Ensemble, rehearsals will be scheduled separately.

Email prior to Noon the day of a rehearsal to report an absence from rehearsal.

Concert Attire

Men should wear a black suit, tie, socks and shoes with a white shirt.
Women should wear all black dresses (past knee length) or
pants and black shoes.

Annual Open Auditions

Please email to schedule an audition.