About The Pro Arte Orchestra
The Pro Arte Orchestra (PAO), also under the baton of Phillip Pugh, is Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey’s middle level string orchestra.
PAO not only performs standard string orchestra literature but also combines with the Wind Symphony on each concert to perform as a full symphonic orchestra. On the 2014 YOCJ European tour, members of this orchestra had the honor of performing Haydn’s Symphony No. 8 in Haydn Hall at the Esterhazy Palace in Austria. They also performed the finale from Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 at Prague’s Bethlehem Chapel in the Czech Republic. Recently, the Pro Arte Orchestra has performed such repertoire as Dag Wiren’s Serenade for Strings, Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances No. 3, Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite, and Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony.
For the 2021-2022 Season, rehearsals are Mondays, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Young musicians (elementary through high school) are all welcomed to audition for The Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey in January, June, and September.
Students MUST study privately and be enrolled in either their school band or orchestra in order to become and remain a member of YOCJ. Recommendation by the student’s private teacher is required. Homeschoolers are also invited to audition!
Click HERE for complete audition information and upcoming DATES.