MONTCLAIR, NJ - Three Montclair students will be performing in the Youth Orchestras of Essex County Winter Concert at SOPAC on Sunday December 14. A total of ninety talented young musicians representing over 18 towns in Essex County, the vibrant group is the longest operating youth orchestra in New Jersey.

Rehearsing together once a week, these 8-18 year old students will be performing in three distinct symphonic orchestras (Overture Strings, Junior Symphony Orchestra, Essex County Symphonic Orchestra) and the ABC (Anything But Classical) Ensemble.  The ABC Ensemble features music from all over the world, and this concert will be performing selections from Haiti and Latin America, among others.

Providing 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 has been the mission of YOEC since 1956.  

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Admission to YOEC is through auditions, held in January and May, and auditions are currently being scheduled for January for the spring 2015 session.  Spaces are available for most instruments, including in the newly expanded Overture Ensemble, which is seeking brass and woodwind players, as well as a pianist for the first time.  The other Orchestras and ABC Ensemble will be holding auditions also.

More information about the orchestras can be found at Interested musicians and community members are invited to experience this showcase by an outstanding group of young musicians at SOPAC.

Three musicians from Montclair are as follows:

Emma Kaminski

James Lukenda

Matthew Rodriguez


There are four musicians from Glen Ridge:

Victor Magnusson

Zoe Brett

Izze Gavin

Mia Hildebrandt


There are two students from Bloomfield:

Vanessa Chin

Nadya Elshafi


Tickets for the December 14 concert are available at

SOPAC. 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079. 

YOEC WInter Concert ,Sunday December 14, 3 pm.