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About NJ Young Artist Ensembles


Mastering the art of collaborative performance is our goal for all young musicians. We foster artistic development of collaborative performance in young musicians from communities throughout New Jersey.
NJ Young Artist Ensembles (NJYAE) is a non-profit organization with 501(c)3 tax-exempt status based in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, and is dedicated to artistic development of young musicians throughout New Jersey. We are affiliated with the NJ Academy of Music, a music school that offers world-class music instruction and performance through its internationally renowned faculty.

Established in 2017 by Executive Directors Christina Castelli and Grant Moffett to fulfill a need in New Jersey communities for an innovative approach to building and strengthening collaborative ensemble skills in young musicians, NJYAE achieves a delicate balance of inclusiveness and competitiveness through its skills-based tiered programs. Through our uncompromising standards and interest in fostering artistic growth in a positive, nurturing environment, we are able to raise students’ level of musicianship dramatically. We offer a variety of ensembles by invitation and through audition to address collaborative performance experience needs at multiple levels of playing. Our ability to select targeted repertoire and provide sectional and small-ensemble coachings with internationally acclaimed musicians uniquely positions us in New Jersey and beyond as a center for ensemble development.
Music is a universal language that can captivate audiences and delight people of all ages. Community is the soil from which the roots of music performance can grow and anchor.



Executive Director
Christina Castelli
Executive Director
Grant Moffett
Artistic Director
& Conductor
Eric Mahl
Coming Soon


Coming Soon
Administrative Assistant
Sara Vanek
Auditions Coordinator

Rehearsal Space

NJYAE utilizes the rehearsal space of the NJ Academy of Music in Basking Ridge as its primary rehearsal location.
The NJ Academy of Music is located at:
37 Stonehouse Road
Basking Ridge, NJ

Their space has an artist store for music supplies, including strings, shoulder rests, cello straps, and more.