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.
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. ....