State Theatre (New Brunswick, NJ): First Runner-Up, Performing Arts Center
The State Theatre is an 1800-seat performing arts venue in central New Jersey that encourages and enables members of the community to have a life-long association with the performing arts. The State Theatre finished second in this year's voting only to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), which, at 2750 seats, is 50% larger in size.
Princeton Symphony Orchestra (Princeton, NJ): First Runner-Up, Symphony / Orchestra
The Princeton Symphony Orchestra has evolved from a small yet highly respected community-based chamber orchestra into a professional orchestra of the highest artistic quality, finishing second in this year's voting only to the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, one of the largest and most established arts organizations in the state.
Cape May Music Festival (Cape May, NJ): First Runner-Up, Music Festival
The annual Cape May Music Festival offers a feast for every musical taste -- orchestra, chamber, world traditions, beloved classics, and intriguing new sounds. In its first year being nominated by its peers, the festival had a strong second-place finish in this year's voting.