“Education isn’t just about feeding the brain.  Art and music feed the heart and soul.”

 Julie Garwood

Current Garden State Philharmonic Youth/Education

“Music enhances the education of our children by helping them to make connections and broadening the depth with which they think and feel. If we are to hope for a society of culturally literate people, music must be a vital part of our children’s education.” Yo-Yo Ma

Three Tier Youth Orchestra

The Symphonic Youth Orchestra (SYO) was the first part of the program formed in 1970. This ensemble operates in a full orchestra format, complete with wind, brass and percussion instruments. The SYO has performed at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall. Many SYO graduates have continued their musical studies and have become accomplished professional musicians.

In 1990, two more youth orchestras were founded to encourage elementary and middle school musicians. The String Ensemble (SE) encourages elementary school students to seriously study string instruments and offers training and advancement into the Concert Youth Orchestra (CYO). The CYO for middle school students offers training and advancement into the Symphonic Youth Orchestra.

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.

Kiwanis Music for Young People’s Program

The Kiwanis Music for Young People’s Program is initially supported by Greater Toms River Kiwanis with a three year grant of $30,000 to the Garden State Philharmonic (GSP).  

The Kiwanis Music for Young People’s Program allows young people to explore music appreciation, examples of common and not so common instruments, basic music theory and composition, performance technique and more.  This program will also include funding for tuition assistance, instruments, lessons and the formation of a Children’s Chorus.  In cooperation with participating schools, classrooms are provided with detailed packets that include sample activities and assessments. The Greater Toms River Kiwanis Club is excited about participating with other Kiwanis Clubs interested in making this your Club Signature Project.

“Education in music is most sovereign because more than anything else rhythm and harmony find their way to the innermost soul and take strongest hold upon it” Plato

The importance of music and the arts can not be overstated.   This program would spread the Kiwanis name in our schools to children, teacher and parents alike.  What better tie-in with our Service Leadership Projects (SLPs)? In addition, Kiwanis would have a highly visible presence at the annual Young People’s concert which would be branded as part of the Kiwanis Music for Young People’s Program and also offer a hands on volunteer opportunity for our members to be ushers and assist in running the program. This is definitely contains all four elements of a Kiwanis Signature Project for our clubs.

“I can not imagine my life if I didn’t have a music program in my school.”  Beyonce

The GSP ( www.gardenstatephilharmonic.org ) partners with school districts and educators to elevate experiences around instrumental and vocal music!

  • Classroom residencies led by professionals
  • Professional musicians and instruments available to perform in assemblies entertain a question and answer session along with an “instrument petting zoo”
  • Provide Classrooms with detailed educator packets that include sample activities by age group.
  • Assist in the funding needed in the Creation of a Youth Chorus.
  • Subsidize Youth Orchestra student’s music fees for those who have demonstrated a need.
  • Fund the Youth Orchestra Student Scholarship.

Opportunities for Support:

In School Master Class with a professional musician $300
Instrument Petting Zoo (at school/library or before a concert) $500
Establish & Start Children’s Chorus $4,000
In School GSP Performance $5,000
Student Sponsorship for Youth Orchestra (per student/per year) $180
Concert Sponsorship Opportunities TBD