YOCJ and PSO Partnership
The Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey (YOCJ) and the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) announced a new partnership in 2020 to advance excellence in orchestral performance and foster a greater connection between Central Jersey’s young musicians and their professional counterparts. Integral to the partnership, the PSO has expanded its assistant conductor position to include leadership of the youth orchestra’s Symphonic Orchestra.
In 2020, YOCJ’s beloved Symphonic Director John Enz retired after 35 years. PSO assistant conductor, Kenneth Bean, now conducts the Symphonic Orchestra. 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.