The APEX Ensemble, based in Montclair, New Jersey, has appointed DIEGO GARCIA as the first director of its Youth Program, which will launch in Fall 2022. With several levels for school-age students, APEX Ensemble’s Youth Program will offer ensemble instruction and preparation to music students throughout New Jersey. Originally from Colombia, Garcia began his musical training as a cellist under Batuta, an el Sistema-like program. He currently serves on the faculty for cello and conducting at Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood, NJ, and holds conducting roles at Mannes School of Music Prep Division in Manhattan and the JCC Thurnauer School of Music in Tenafly, NJ. He was most recently lead faculty on conducting and cello for Juilliard’s international Summer Arts Program in Geneva, Switzerland. He served as music director of the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra (NY) for several seasons, where he organized ongoing collaborations with the Ithaca Ballet.