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CAMERATA YOUTH ORCHESTRA & CHOIR (CYOC) is a growing project of talented young musicians in the New York Metropolitan area. CYOC was founded in 2012 as a 11-piece string ensemble and now there are three divisions of CYOC which include: Philharmonic, Sinfonia and Choir. All ensembles of CYOC are directed by Camerata New Jersey’s Music Director, Byung-Hyun Rhee.

Camerata Youth Orchestra and Choir is the only community-based youth organization in northern New Jersey focused solely on the needs of middle and high school students’ Activism through Music. Camerata Youth Orchestra and Choir has been using music to bring comfort and joy to people with physical and mental health disabilities. CYOC has been invited to participate and perform at community events such as annual Fort Lee Fringe Fest, Arts Festival and ‘thanks concert’ in honoring local and federal politicians on behalf of New Jersey citizens. CYOC recently participated at Heidelberg Castle Festival and Baden-Baden summer festival thorough an invitation from German counter-part: St. Raphael Gymnasium Orchestra and Chorus. CYOC’s performances received rave reviews from local newspapers.  

Since August of 2013, CYOC members are eligible to receive the prestigious Presidential Volunteer Service Award with 75 or more hours of contribution to rehearsals and performances.


Philharmonic is a full orchestra for advanced musicians (7th to 12th grade).  This group focuses on strengthening the various fundamentals of ensemble performance and performs advanced level traditional and contemporary repertoire.  

Philharmonic rehearses every Friday from 6-8pm.


Renee Choi, Co-concert master

Ryan Rhew, Co-concert master

Joshua Song

Cherie Chung

Sayuri Kataoka

Samuel Chang


Ryan Ro, principal



Christina Jung, Co-principal

Eugene Park, Co-principal

Cecilia Yun

Noah Park

Karen Bae


Yewon Na, principal

Laura Shim

Rebecca Jhung

Lisa Hokari

David Kim

Victor Hsu

Kieun Lee


Ashley Kim, Co-principal

Yireh Choi


Joseph Yoon

Tyler Kwon

Brendan Cho

Esther Kim


Faith Shim, principal 

Amie Choe

Irene Kim


Daniel Joung, principal 

Noah Song

Sunny Rhew


Brian Sung, principal

Christine Lee


Sam Park

Yerim Park

Christian Yoo


Ashley Kim, principal


Sinfonia is a full orchestra for younger musicians (2nd to 6th grade). This group focuses on strengthening the various fundamentals of ensemble performance and performs intermediate level traditional and contemporary repertoire. 

Sinfonia rehearses every Tuesday from 4-6pm.

Music Director & Conductor





Music Director and one of the original founders of Camerata New Jersey, Maestro Byung-Hyun Rhee has amassed quite a résumé and recognition throughout his career. He has spent the last five years as Associate Conductor to the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, where he has led concerts with world renowned soloists like Emanuel Ax, Garrick Ohlsson, Itzhak Perlman, Glenn Dicterow, and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, to name a few.  ....