The Garden State Philharmonic
MISSION: to present professional orchestral concerts of cultural and educational value and to foster related activities to encourage involvement in, and appreciation of, symphonic music.
The Garden State Philharmonic, under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Diane Wittry, is beginning its 66th Season. Over the years, the GSP 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 and the State of New Jersey.
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 concert series at Spring Lake Community Theatre, a yearly Messiah performance with the GSP Chorus, professional chamber music concerts and recitals, and an open rehearsal series in Maplewood, NJ. Community engagement activities include a “Meet the Music” concert series for young people ages 6-12, a free Fourth of July Concert, participation in Monmouth University’s Summer Music and Arts Festival, 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 performs concerts in three counties, Ocean, Monmouth, and Essex, and is a cultural resource performing the best in symphonic music throughout the region and the state of New Jersey.