Orchestra Day

Please join us for the second annual Orchestra Day at the Mason Gross School of the Arts!
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Orchestra Day
Sunday, June 5, 2016, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Orchestra Day Composition Competition 
Click here for more information and entrance requirements.
Event description
An intergenerational - 'All Ages/All Stages' - performance event created for New Jersey instrumentalists ranging from beginners to professional musicians, children through adults.  Participants rehearse and perform together in a specially designed concert program which will include world premieres by winners of the Orchestra Day Composition Competition for precollege and professional composers.
Participants rehearse in groups pre-determined according to experience and playing level. In the afternoon all groups will perform together under the direction of conductors Warren Cohen, Michael Avagliano, and Judith Morse.
Who should attend?
Precollege and adult orchestral musicians of all ages and stages of advancement are encouraged to attend.  Participants need not currently be members of an orchestra. They must, however, play an orchestral instrument. 
Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Nicholas Music Center locations including Nicholas Music Center Stage; Shindell Choral Hall, Mortensen Hall; and Schare Recital Hall, Marryott Music Building 
Douglass Campus, Rutgers University
85 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Warren Cohen, Michael Avagliano, and Judith Morse
$35 non-refundable registration fee.  Includes full event participation, food, and parking.
More information
Dr. Allison Brewster Franzetti, event director, director of the Adult Chamber Music Program and Young Artist Program, Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division
Schedule of events

9 - 10 a.m. - Meet, greet, and organize; registration for walk-ins; light breakfast provided
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Rehearsal
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch (provided)
1:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Rehearsal             
3:30 - 4 p.m. - Concert preparation
4 - 5 p.m. - Performance, Nicholas Music Center


Composition Competition

  • Division I: Young Composers (ages 13 - 21) 
  • Division II: Professional Composers (ages 21+)

Composers entering this competition must submit an original orchestral work that is 5 - 7 minutes in duration, and encompasses every level of orchestral player from beginners through professional levels. Intergenerational performance by an orchestra consisting of players at varying levels of advancement (beginners through advanced) is the focus of the Orchestra Day event.  Successful compositions will cater to this unique performing ensemble. Emphasis is on strings (violin, viola and cello) and flute; the following instrumentation is optional: double bass, additional woodwinds, brass, timpani and percussion.

Submission requirements

  • Scores must be submitted in pdf format with all parts extracted and print ready. 
  • String parts must include bowings. mp3 format recording
  • Send via email or sharing service (Dropbox, Media Fire, etc...) to Dr. Allison Brewster Franzetti, event director - afranzetti@masongross.rutgers.edu.
  • All submissions and payment via check (see below) due by April 1, 2016. 

Composers entrance fee
Please make checks payable to Rutgers University. Mail to: Mason Gross Extension Division, 85 George Street, Rehearsal Hall 101, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901. 

  • Division I: Young Composers (ages 13 - 21) - $10
  • Division II: Professional Composers (ages 21+) - $30


  • Division I: Young Composers (ages 13 - 21) - one (1) prize of $250.00 
  • Division II: Professional Composers (ages 21+) - one (1) prize of $1,000.00 
  • Each division winner will receive a video & audio recording of the performance on Orchestra Day. 

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