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On a Positive Note: Youth Orchestra Goes Virtual for Lessons, Auditions

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When The Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey cancelled its summer tour to Finland and the Baltic region as the Covid-19 outbreak began its global spread, its staff was only just beginning to realize that things would be changing for the orchestra back home as well. With school closures and the implementation of stay-at-home rules, they had to find new ways to keep the young musicians of its various ensembles engaged in music - and provide a way to hold auditions for next year. The West Windsor, NJ-based orchestra now has regular online group lessons, and recenlty announced its first ever online auditions.  Executive Director Larisa Epps discusses some of these changes.