The Capital Philharmonic constantly looks for opportunities to engage, educate and inspire young people. Below, guest artist Ilmar Gavilan works with students at the Foundation Collegiate Academy during his visit to Trenton. 

CPNJ offers $10 student tickets to all of its performances at the War Memorial and invites students to attend the orchestra's open dress rehearsals. Our annual free outdoor concert in downtown Trenton brings classical music to the entire community.

During the 2018-2019 season, CPNJ's seasoned professionals performed alongside three local youth orchestras highlighting the up and coming artists of the next generation. Music Director, Daniel Spalding and CPNJ’s Board of Directors provided an opportunity these young musicians will treasure forever and the opportunity to hone their talents. Joining the CPNJ were  members of The Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey (YOCJ), Bravura Youth Orchestra (BYO), and Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra (GPYO) who performed a “side by side” concert on the beautiful stage of Patriots Theater at the War Memorial. “This was a rare and valuable opportunity for students to learn from professionals in our community” said Susan Meuse, Executive Director of GPYO. In addtion, upon invitation from Music Director, Daniel Spalding, CPNJ’s guests in the audience were members of Trenton Youth Orchestra (TYO); a string orchestra composed of local youth who work with Princeton University student volunteers. Leader Lou Chen shared a remark from a TYO member following the first time the group attended an orchestra concert, “One of them asked me, ‘How can I play like that?’ -- to which I responded, ‘Practice!’  By attending professional concerts, my students realize what they are truly capable of achieving.”


"In truth, there is nothing like music to fill the moment with substance, whether it attune the quiet mind to reverence and worship, or whether it make the mobile senses dance in exultation"

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)