New Jersey Youth Symphony hosts virtual festival with multiple youth orchestras

Posted on: September 16, 2020

On September 20, the New Jersey Youth Symphony will host the U.S. Youth Orchestras eFestival, “We Never Stopped Making Music,” a virtual event in partnership with the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Hawaii Youth Symphony, and Youth Orchestras of San Antonio. The free event, at 8pm ET on Zoom and YouTube Live, will feature discussions and performances with student musicians. The impetus for the event was a constituency meeting of the Youth Orchestra Division at the League of American Orchestras’ 2020 virtual Conference, at which New Jersey Youth Symphony Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Helen H. Cha-Pyo partnered with Russell Steinberg, music director of the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, to invite music directors across the country to discuss how they were responding to the pandemic. The event will include Allen Tinkham, music director of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras; Joseph Stepec, Symphony Program director of the Hawaii Youth Symphony; and Troy Peters, music director of the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio. A student representative from each youth orchestra will discuss how continuing to make music throughout the pandemic has had a positive impact on their lives. Student musicians will also introduce a virtually coordinated performance video. Visit