For more than six decades, kids have come from all over Essex County and from the surrounding counties to make music together at Youth Orchestras of Essex County. They come from every kind of community and from every walk of life. They come from public schools, parochial schools, private schools, and homeschooling families. Some aspire to careers in music, and they have participated in North Jersey regional orchestras, New Jersey All-State orchestras, and have taken prizes in a variety of local competitions. Many others study music as part of a well-rounded education, and they have a wide variety of interests. They participate in their school sports programs, STEM clubs, Model UN, and debate teams. Many engage in other artistic endeavors, including visual arts, dance, theater, and vocal music. Some write poetry, stories, for their school yearbooks, and their school newspapers. We have a wonderfully diverse and welcoming crowd of young people at YOEC, where your child or teen can make great music and great friends.