YOCJ has been providing outstanding opportunities for talented young musicians in Central Jersey since 1978.

The Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey brings together some of the finest young musicians in our region to participate and excel in a nurturing and challenging musical environment. Over 200 elementary through high school students, all of whom take private lessons and participate in their schools’ music programs, make up the orchestra and its twelve performance groups. There are two levels for strings, the advanced Symphonic Orchestra, and small ensembles for brass, percussion, saxophone, flute, and woodwind students. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings from October through May at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North. Auditions for new students are held in January, June and September. Our next audition date is Tuesday, January 23, 2018 and Tuesday, June 12, 2018 ~ click HERE for more information! Like us on FACEBOOK!

Our Hurricane Harvey Fundraiser Makes an Impact!

YOCJ Families! In November, we were pleased to send $2000 to Houston Youth Symphony, who disbursed the funds to music students in need. Check out this message just sent by a Houston public school in Texas: “I’m writing on behalf of my wife Teresa Matchett, director of the King Middle School Orchestra in Houston TX, to say thank you for your efforts and to all the people in NJ who contributed to help us recover from the flooding by hurricane Harvey. The funds you all provided, c/o the Houston Youth Symphony, will help Mrs. Matchett replace instruments that were lost. I have made a photo album of our ordeal here https://photos.app.goo.gl/qJk73U807FM88iVD2 and will be adding to it as new instruments come in. Mrs. Matchett will be purchasing new instruments in the near future to add to ones that have been donated outright. We have been touched by the generosity shown by so many. The gift of music brings hope to all. Our best to all of you, Steve Matchett & Teresa Matchett, King MS orchestra director”

January 21 Concert Ticket Options

Online Ticket Sales are now LIVE for the Winter 2018 Large Ensemble Concert! Click HERE to purchase.
Tickets will also be available:
•Tues. Jan.16 at WWPHSN during rehearsals
•Sun. Jan. 21 at the Kendall Hall Box Office

Are you a private music teacher? You are eligible for 2 complimentary tickets! Email us at executivedirector@yocj.org for the special promotional code!
Ticket prices: $25 Adults, $20 Students/Seniors, Children 5 and under are free, YOCJ students are free

Stanley Drucker CD Collection

We are so honored to have the legendary Stanley Drucker join us during our 40th Anniversary Season. Mr. Drucker, New York Philharmonic Principal Clarinetist from 1948 to 2009, brings so much experience and history to our YOCJ events in 2018!  Additionally, a very unique opportunity is being presented to us:

The Stanley Drucker 5 CD Heritage Collection, recorded from 1972 to 2004, is being made available to our membership and affiliates for only $49.90 and each set will receive a personalized autograph by Stanley at the January concert. This unique set of CD’s also makes wonderful gifts. They will be available at the January 21st YOCJ concert where there will be an opportunity to meet with Mr. Drucker at the conclusion of the 7pm performance.

Simply click on this link to pre-order your set to guarantee your purchase:
A limited amount of additional sets will also be sold on Jan. 21st while supplies last.

Vote for YOCJ in the 2018 JerseyArts.com People’s Choice Awards!

The Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey has been recognized by our peers and has been nominated in the 2018 JerseyArts.com People’s Choice Awards! Did you know that YOCJ is the only youth orchestra in NJ nominated for the Symphony/Orchestra category?  For a complete list of nominees by category, click here. Voting begins on January 9th, at JerseyArts.com/voteDon’t delay – voting ends February 20Winners in each category (as well as honorable mentions) will be announced in March.

Boosters & Business Ad Forms

Calling all music supporters, friends, and YOCJ families!
BOOSTER FORMS: Click HERE. Give a shout out to your talented musicians in all our concert program booklets for only $10 each (a tax deductible contribution for our non-profit!)

BUSINESS AD FORMS: New Forms coming out soon for the 40th Anniversary Booklet, and the April/May booklets! (January 21 concert submission period is over.) Your favorite business can place their ad in our program booklets!
PREMIUM ADS: The only premium left is currently 1 Centerfold (black & white). Contact executivedirector@yocj.org right away!
FACEBOOK “FEATURES”  ~ for EVERY business that places ads in our booklet, we will actively feature your Ad JPG on our FACEBOOK page, that reaches 300+ families and friends!
$10 GIFT CARDS ~ YOCJ Students, for every $100 of Ads you obtain for our booklets, you will receive a $10 gift card to places such as AMC, Rita’s, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Panera’s, and iTunes!
AmazonSmileGeneralThis is one of the easiest ways to show your support for our non-profit organization! Click HERE to start shopping on AmazonSmile and support YOCJ at the same time. AmazonSmile is a website that offers the same products and convenience as Amazon. The difference is that shopping on AmazonSmile means that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate .5% of the purchase price towards any eligible charitable organization. Please consider doing your on-line shopping to help support our talented young musicians!

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