The Summit Symphony


The Summit Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1938 by the Summit Board of Recreation with the dual purpose of (1) providing an arena for qualified non-professional musicians to read and perform orchestral music, and (2) presenting orchestral concerts, free of charge, to residents of Summit and the surrounding areas. It has been performing in Summit every year since.

Currently the roster of musicians for the orchestra includes about 65 active members, often including a few high school students. Rehearsals are held normally at 7:30 on Wednesday nights at either the high school or the middle school. New musicians are welcome at any time, especially in the string sections. For more information contact us.

The concert schedule consists of three concerts a season, open free of charge to people of all ages, and held at either the high school or the middle school. Most concerts are held on Sunday afternoons. Programs consist of orchestral music by the great classical composers, and the orchestra is well known for obtaining outstanding soloists to perform with it.

Every other year the orchestra sponsors a Young Artist Competition which is open to all New Jersey high school students. Three winners are chosen to perform with the orchestra at the May concert. Other appearances by the orchestra in recent years have included the First Night celebrations, children's concerts, the Library Fund Raiser, the Summit Centennial, and the 9/11 Remembrances.