NJWS 2020 Side By Side – Young Artists Concert

NJWS 2020 Side By Side Student Nomination Information

The New Jersey Wind Symphony is excited to host the 2020 Side-By-Side Concert, featuring selected band students from area high schools. This concert will take place in conjunction with our Youth Soloist Competition performance on May 8, 2020 at West Side Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood, NJ.

We are looking for students who are highly motivated, skilled, and dedicated to take part. We ask that you consider not simply your best musicians, but those who would benefit most from the experience. You are invited to recommend two (2) students that you think are deserving of this opportunity. If you are a member of NJWS, you may nominate up to five (5) students. In addition to being musically talented, students are expected to practice on their own and be able to attend all scheduled rehearsals.

What pieces will the group perform?

The students will perform three challenging and enjoyable pieces, and will feature a mix of classic and modern band repertoire.

Who is eligible to apply?

Band students in grades 9-12 who have been nominated by either their HS band director or private teacher are eligible to participate.

How will students and teachers be notified if they are selected to perform?

Directors and private teachers will be contacted at the email address provided on the nomination form. Directors/teachers will be given a folder containing the music students should prepare for the first rehearsal.

When are the rehearsals, and how long will they be?

Students will rehearse three Monday evenings: April 20, April 27, and May 4 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, at Midland Park High School

Dress Rehearsal: Thursday May 7, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM, At West Side Presbyterian Church, Ridgewood

Concert: Friday May 8, 7:00 PM call time at West Side Presbyterian Church, Ridgewood. The prelude begins at 7:30PM and the concert begins at 8:00PM.

To nominate students, download and fill out the nomination form found here or fill out the online form found here.  We would like to accept as many students as possible, while keeping balanced instrumentation in mind. Nomination forms must be submitted by Sunday, March 22, 2020 via email – mikertc@msn.com, or by filling out the online form. Online submission is preferred.

If you prefer to submit nominations via mail – Please have it postmarked by Friday, March 20 and sent to:

Michael Connor
North Bergen High School
7417 Kennedy Blvd.
North Bergen, NJ 07047

We look forward to making music with your students!

Mike Connor

Mike Russo

Dave Bychek