New Jersey Chamber Orchestra

The New Jersey Chamber Orchestra (NJCO) is New Jersey's newest professional orchestra, featuring distinguished performers and special guests including performers from The Philadelphia Orchestra.

NJCO is proud to call The Music Barn home for their debut concert season, including their inaugural concert on July 9th, 2021 at 7:00pm. Led by Music Director, Thomas Hong, the NJCO is set to make waves in the New Jersey classical music scene.

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An American Dream:

Music of Aaron Copland

DATE: Friday, July 9th, 2021


The NJCO debut concert will be filled with familiar and popular tunes including The Promise of Living and Simple Gifts, performed by an accomplished lineup of distinguished artists featuring guest soloist Robin Massie, soprano. This exciting new chamber ensemble encapsulates the hope, optimism and earnestness of the American spirit present in Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Tender Land Suite.

Meet the Music Director:

Thomas Hong
Music Director
New Jersey Chamber Orchestra

Hailed by Kurt Masur as “One of the most talented young conductors of his generation,” Thomas Hong enjoys the privilege of being one of many successful protégés of the great Maestro. Having won titled positions with the Dallas, Pittsburgh and Seattle Symphony Orchestras as well as Orchestre National de France, Hong has conducted countless concerts with those orchestras, ranging from classical, community, education and pops concerts. Presently, he is the artistic director and conductor of the University of Pennsylvania Orchestras. Recent activities include being principal conductor for the inaugural season of the DSO on the GO series with the Dallas Symphony, performing in neighboring venues of the North Texas area, and a re-engagement with the Utah Symphony, where he was the conductor for the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in Salt Lake City.

Orchestras that Hong has conducted in the past include the Utah, Fort Worth, Virginia,
Richmond, Spokane and Winnepeg Symphonies as well as the Seoul, Buffalo and
Lutosławski Philharmonics. More recent invitations include the Berlin Symphony, North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Siciliana and Cairo Symphony Orchestra. Among his operatic and vocal performances are Copland’s The Tenderland, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress and Donizetti’s L’exisir d’Amore at the Wortham Opera Theatre in Houston. Awards that Hong has received include the Leopold Stokowski Fellowship, the Whitaker Opera Prize and a residency award by the Brahms society of Baden-Baden. His latest recording was from the show “From the Top” with pianist/host Christopher O’Riley and the DSO at the Meyerson Symphony Center.

Hong was born in Incheon, Korea and immigrated to the United States with his family. He began his musical training as a pianist with Dr. Samuel Hsu at Cairn University. Later, he went on to earn a masters degree in choral conducting at Temple University and an artist diploma in orchestral conducting from The Curtis Institute of Music, studying with Maestros Alan Harler and Otto Werner Mueller, respectively. He concluded his artistic training with Maestro Larry Rachleff at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Currently, Hong lives in Philadelphia with his wife Rachel Ku and their daughter Esther.

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Note: The Music Barn and the New Jersey Chamber Orchestra are not registered non-profits. Funds donated above will go towards the initial start-up costs associated with the New Jersey Chamber Orchestra. The goal of the orchestra is to become a certified non-profit within the coming year - we hope this to be possible with your help.