Who can join

Varsity Orchestra is open to intermediate level musicians who have two years’ orchestral experience and play in their school orchestra. Most of our musicians are in grade 5 and up, but more advanced younger students are welcome with permission from the instructor.


Orchestra rehearsals are Monday evenings from 7:00 – 8:00pm, at Columbia High School, 17 Parker Ave, Maplewood NJ.


We play a variety of orchestral and chamber music and aim to include works by non-traditional and living composers. Past compositions include Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Holst’s Saint Paul’s Suite, Piazzolla’s Libertango, and the world premiere of a piece by the Polish composer Joachim Johow.

Tuition & scholarships

Fees for the 2018-2019 season are $419. Scholarships are available for any student who qualifies for free & reduced lunch.


Registration is administered by the South Orange Maplewood Adult School. Email the Adult School at schoolinfo@somadultschool.org with registration and tuition questions. For questions about the orchestra email the orchestra manager at info.nnjyo@gmail.com.

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Northern New Jersey Youth Orchestras

Varsity Orchestra is affiliated with Northern NJ Youth Orchestras, now in its 25th Year under the direction of Todd Van Beveren. Its other orchestras include Ravina Youth Symphony, Harambee Chamber Orchestra, and The New Generation Orchestra. The young musician is taken from beginner — in partnership with the Suzuki programs offered at South Orange-Maplewood Adult Schools — through increasingly challenging music starting with New Generation Orchestra. Varsity Orchestra takes the student further, building skills within a string orchestra setting, while Ravina Youth Symphony focuses on core symphonic repertoire.