Last year, The Newgrange School was honored to have been chosen by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra to help develop a pilot program entitled Autism Community Initiative. The NJSO Autism Community Initiative provides music enrichment opportunities to children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD); the Orchestra has developed a set of chamber music programs tailored to meet the needs of the autism community
As part of the pilot, the Orchestra presented 10 chamber music programs to more than 800 youth, educators and staff at six Mercer County locations, including The Newgrange School. As preparation for the performances, the NJSO provided seven of its orchestra musicians with a professional development workshop—facilitated by Music specialist Jennifer Haines of The Newgrange School—about tailoring chamber music programs to ASD youth.
The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra is one of 22 American orchestras to receive a first-year Getty Education and Community Investment Grant from the League of American Orchestras and the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation. The NJSO received the grant to further develop the NJSO Autism Community Initiative; the grant recognizes the Orchestra’s innovation and dedication to increasing its relevance to the community.
Congratulations to Mrs. Haines and the NJSO on their hard work and dedication! You can read the entire press release here.