GPYO-Westminster Conservatory Partnership
The GPYO has joined forces with the Westminster Conservatory of Music to increase opportunities for students to learn and perform music. Each institution has provided young people with musical instruction for more than 50 years, forming the foundation for lifelong participation in music for generations of New Jersey residents. Together, Westminster Conservatory and GPYO will reinforce each others’ offerings in order to provide an even wider range of opportunities for their students.
We look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together!
Students enrolled in programs at both GPYO and Westminster Conservatory are offered a 10% discount on tuition at each institution. To benefit from this offer, a student must be enrolled in one of the GPYO’s four ensembles and in at least one program of the Westminster Conservatory of Music, including private lessons, music theory, chamber music and Honors Music Program.
Westminster Conservatory Programs of particular interest to GPYO members include:
The elementary- and middle-school programs are offered from 9:00 a.m.–12:45 p.m. and the high-school program is offered from 12:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m. from September through early June. Students must attend a 45- or 60-minute weekly private lesson in addition to HMP. Students may choose to study with a private teacher on the Conservatory faculty or with an outside teacher.
Established in 1970, Westminster Conservatory is the community music school of Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University. Welcoming young musicians of all ages, skill levels, instrument preferences, and economic backgrounds, Westminster Conservatory provides focused one-on-one lessons in a musical environment close to you. In addition, the Conservatory offers a wide range of classes and performing ensembles to engage every student, from the beginner to young maestros, regardless of age. Some classes are intended as an introduction to music and require no previous experience while others are designed to complement private instruction.
Particularly gifted students have the opportunity to join the Conservatory's Honors Music Program, which offers a comprehensive curriculum designed toward mastering total musicianship. Westminster Conservatory of Music is a nationally recognized institution, maintaining active membership in the National Guild for Community Arts Education.