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Youth Orchestras of Essex County Schedules Auditions

The Essex County Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Karen Conrad and composed mainly of high school students, performs at Kessler Rehabilitation Center in West Orange. Credits: Youth Orchestras of Essex County
Junior Orchestra at SOPAC, with Philip Cokorinos performing “Deh vieni alla finestra” from Don Giovanni. Credits: YOEC
Overture Strings, elementary school aged musicians, led by conductor Kimberly McCrann onstage at SOPAC. Credits: Youth Orchestras of Essex COunty
Junior Orchestra performs at Kessler Rehab in West Orange, led by conductor Lou Kosma.  These musicians are generally middle school students. Credits: Youth Orchestras of Essex County

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- Auditions for the 2014-2015 season of Youth Orchestras of Essex County will be held on Monday June 2, and Monday, June 9. 

Formed in 1956, the Youth Orchestras of Essex County is the longest-operating youth orchestra in New Jersey.  For more information, visit or email

The orchestras finished their spring season with two concerts in mid-May, performing at the South Orange Performing Arts Center on May 18 and at Kessler Rehabilitation Center in West Orange the next evening.

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Members of the four groups in the Youth Orchestras, who range in age from 7 to 18, played to a full house at SOPAC. This concert highlighted pieces the Youth Orchestras had been working on all session and featured two young soloist competition winners. Metropolitan Opera singer Philip Cokorinos also joined the Junior Orchestra for a song onstage.

They also performed for residents of the Kessler Rehabilitation Center . Conductors picked their favorite pieces from the season and the young musicians put on an hour-plus show.

The mission of the Youth Orchestras is to provide a diverse and musically talented group of young people the opportunity to participate in an affordable, high-level orchestra experience and cultivate a lifelong love of music. Musicians also participate in sectionals throughout the season with high-level coaches.


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