Saturday Bands and Orchestras

Directed by Dr. Ted Schlosberg, the Saturday Bands and Orchestras are ensembles for beginning and intermediate student musicians. Parents/guardians are welcome to participate too! Rehearsals are scheduled as follows on Saturdays from Sept through May. Musicians are placed in the appropriate ensemble based on their ability.

Swing (Big Band style) Band : For brass, wind and percussion students. Group meets from 4:30 – 5:30 pm.  Experienced and advanced Jazz Musicians should check out the NJWA Jazz Band which meets at 5:00 on Saturdays. 

Orchestra 1: For string students with at least 2-12 months’ experience (should be able to play a 1-octave D major scale). Group meets from 2:30 – 3:00 pm.

Orchestra 2: For string students with a little more experience (1-2 years +). Group meets from 3:00 – 3:30 pm.

Orchestra 3: For string students with multiple years experience. Group meets from 3:00 – 3:30 pm.

Musicians interested in our Saturday Rock Program – please check out the Rock Performance Workshop.

Musicians must have their own instruments.  Instrument rental information is available by calling 908-789-9696.

New Jersey Workshop for the Arts: 150-152 East Broad Street, Westfield, NJ 07090


Scholarships/Financial Aid:

Scholarships: Write the name of the scholarship in the Scholarship field. For example if you have a professional scholarship write “Professional Scholarship” in the scholarship field.

Aid: NJWA does not want financial hardship to prevent you from being in our ensembles.

• If you have an existing Financial Aid grant that applies to ensembles you can type “existing grant”.

• Financial Aid grants will be given without further application for financial aid for reductions amounting to last years ensemble rates or more (if the rate has changed since last year).

• Financial Aid grants requests lowering charge to less than last years prices will be emailed our Financial Aid application which requires detailed financial information. We are available to assist you filling out this application.


Information: Please call 908-789- 9696, extension 17, for additional information.

Photographs and/or videos of participants in this program may be used in various forms of publicly released media such as websites, social media platforms, advertisements, brochures, posters, etc. Parents/guardians of participants must notify the NJWA in writing if they do not consent to these uses of photos/videos of their child(ren).