special covid-19 announcement

Under the current school closures enacted to stem the spread of COVID-19, Youth Orchestras of Essex County has temporarily suspended rehearsals and other activities. When our host schools in South Orange and Orange re-open, we will consider resuming rehearsals.


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.

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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


and


The Wasserman Foundation