The Garden State Philharmonic
MISSION: to maintain and operate a professional symphony orchestra at the Jersey Shore; to give concerts of cultural and educational value in and for the community; and to foster such related activities that will encourage interest in and appreciation of music.
The Garden State Philharmonic, under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Diane Wittry, is beginning its 65th Season. From its community orchestra roots in Ocean County, NJ, the organization has grown into a critically acclaimed professional orchestra that is the “Orchestra In Residence” at Ocean County College. In addition to the professional orchestra, the GSP sponsors a three-tiered Youth Orchestra program comprised of more than one hundred students between the ages of 8 and 21, and a Community Chorus. Through its concerts and musical outreach programs, the GSP has served over 20,000 people of all ages throughout the Jersey Shore.
Comprised of professional musicians from New Jersey and New York, the Garden State Philharmonic presents a subscription series of professional orchestral concerts at the Grunin Center for the Arts, a yearly Messiah performance with the GSP Chorus, as well as professional chamber music concerts and recitals. Community engagement activities include a “Meet the Music” concert series for young people ages 6-12, a free Fourth of July Concert, and 2 performances yearly of the Youth Orchestras and Youth Chorus. In addition, for the past 7 years, the GSP has partnered with the Atlantic City Ballet for Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Ballet at the Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ. The Garden State Philharmonic is a cultural resource for the Jersey Shore, and performs the best in symphonic music throughout the region and the state of New Jersey.