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Nov 18, 2021

Youth Orchestra of Central New Jersey to Resume In-Person Performances

David Kim

The Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey (YOCJ) is pleased to kick off the 2021-22 season with rehearsals and performances resuming safely in person as well as a host of exciting activities that will keep young musicians engaged throughout the year. In addition, as part of its ongoing partnership with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO), YOCJ is delighted to welcome Kenneth Bean, assistant conductor for PSO, as its new Symphonic Orchestra conductor. The partnership is the formalization of an ongoing relationship established through the PSO’s BRAVO! Education Program which encourages young musicians and their families to be exposed to extensive performance repertoire and be inspired by professional artists. Integral to the partnership, the PSO has expanded its assistant conductor position to include leadership of YOCJ’s Symphonic Orchestra. 

“From our first meeting with Kenneth Bean, our staff and students felt an instant connection,” said Phillip Pugh, YOCJ artistic director. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and youth orchestra experience, but most of all, he brings a warmth and love for students. We are so excited to have Kenny as our Symphonic Orchestra conductor and to continue our partnership with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra.” 

YOCJ is also pleased to welcome back David Kim, concertmaster for The Philadelphia Orchestra, who will play the mighty Beethoven Violin Concerto with the YOCJ Symphonic Orchestra on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022 at the Yvonne Theater on the campus of Rider University. Kim has previously collaborated with YOCJ through performances and master classes. 

Looking ahead into the season, YOCJ will provide opportunities for students to refine and grow their skills through master classes led by renowned clinicians such as Kim and others. Master classes will be available for woodwinds, brass and percussion as well as string players. 

“The students and conductors alike are thrilled to be back rehearsing in person! We look forward to a robust, fun-filled new season making music together,” Pugh said.