special covid-19 announcement

Under the current school closures enacted to stem the spread of COVID-19, Youth Orchestras of Essex County has suspended rehearsals for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.

Please see our "Upcoming Dates" page for details about our summer "make-up" program.

Stay safe and we wish you good health!

About Us

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Our History

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.

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Our Mission

Enriching the lives of young people with high-quality music education in a welcoming and fun social environment.


Our Ensembles

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.

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Our Sponsors

Youth Orchestras of Essex County is supported by generous grants and services  from:

Orange Public Schools District

South Orange/Maplewood Public Schools District

The Henry S. and Agnes M. Truzack Foundation

The Essex County Local Arts Program

The Nikhil Badlani Foundation


The Wasserman Foundation