YOEC is now accepting auditions for the 2020-21 school year. For the safety of our students, staff, and their families, we will be hearing auditions via recorded video submissions. We have openings for all band, orchestra, and jazz band instruments, and for all ages (6 to 17). Please click below for information.
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.
Enriching the lives of young people with high-quality music education in a welcoming and fun social environment.
Youth Orchestras of Essex County offers three orchestral ensembles at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as 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:
Orange Public Schools District
South Orange/Maplewood Public Schools District
The Wasserman Foundation
The Henry S. and Agnes M. Truzack Foundation
The Essex County Local Arts Program
The Nikhil Badlani Foundation