Founded in 1956 by music teachers and run by parents, Youth Orchestras of Essex County is New Jersey's longest-operating youth orchestra organization. Youth Orchestras of Essex County is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Youth Orchestras of Essex County aims to provide a diverse group of musically talented young people the opportunity to participate in affordable and stimulating, instrumental ensemble experiences in order to cultivate a lifelong love of music.
Youth Orchestras of Essex County is open to all instrumental music students ages 6 to 17. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, gender or gender identity, sexual preference, physical ability, or ability to pay.
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Youth Orchestras of Essex County offers three orchestral ensembles at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, a wind ensemble, and a jazz and world music ensemble where students learn the art of improvisation.
Youth Orchestras of Essex County is supported by generous grants and services from:
The Essex County Local Arts Program
St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Maplewood
Orange Public Schools District
The Henry S. and Agnes M. Truzack Foundation
The Nikhil Badlani Foundation
The Wasserman Foundation
Johnson & Johnson