The Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey 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 its fourteen performance groups. There are three levels for strings: String Preparatory Orchestra, Pro Arte Orchestra, and the advanced Symphonic Orchestra. There is a Wind Symphony and many 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 29, 2019 ~ click HERE for more information! Like us on FACEBOOK!

David Kim returns in 2019!

The Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey is thrilled to announce our 2019 soloist! David Kim, Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra, returns! Mr. Kim will be performing the Bruch Violin Concerto in G Minor on Sunday January 20, 2019 at 2:30pm with our Symphonic Orchestra at Kendall Hall, as well as leading our 9th Annual Master Class on March 12, 2019, 7pm at West Windsor Plainsboro High School SOUTH! Save the dates ~ Spread the word!
NEW! Please note that this year, we will swap the typical performance times, featuring our soloist David Kim at the earlier concert, which starts at 2:30pm this year! This will allow students from the other concert (7:30pm) to attend the 2:30pm concert if they are able, eat dinner and return for their sound-check/rehearsal. This will also give more patrons the opportunity to see David Kim as well!

YOCJ Saxophone Choir Commissions New Music!

The Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey is excited about its first commission consortium, organized by Dr. Jordan P Smith! The YOCJ Saxophone Choir, Dr. Paul Cohen, & a consortium of supporters and students are commissioning an original composition by composer David Noon that will debut at our 2:30pm Sunday January 20 winter concert at Kendall Hall, TCNJ! Dr. Noon received his Masters and Doctorate from Yale University and was on faculty at the Manhattan School of Music. His composition for the YOCJ Saxophone Choir is entitled Gran Partita, Op. 265.

December 4th Parents Meeting SLIDE and SURVEY

Apologies for the incorrect link being sent out in our original email! Please click below to view the SLIDE PRESENTATION from the meeting:

**We are asking that all YOCJ families take the survey about our 2020 Tour destination possibilities. Thank you in advance for your feedback!**

Click below to take the SURVEY:

2018-19 Boosters & Business Ad Forms

Calling all music supporters, friends, and families of the Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey!

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: Your favorite business can place their ad in our program booklets! Click HERE for the current ad form.

 NEW: SPONSORS! We now feature this top level platform for businesses to engage with our members and maximize your marketing! Check out the ad form to peruse the many benefits to your business. Contact us ASAP!
 PREMIUM ADS: We are featuring several NEW PREMIUM ADS this season. Contact 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 400+ 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!

Check out our 40th Anniversary Documentary!

YOCJ featured on WHYY’s “State of the Arts” ~ Video below!

Be sure to check out the State of The Arts segment below, featuring the Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey & Stanley Drucker! The six minute episode includes YOCJ student interviews, footage from our March 20th Woodwind Master Class, and an interview with Stanley Drucker, former New York Philharmonic Principal Clarinetist, our 2018 soloist and clinician.

YOCJ & the McCaffrey’s Receipt Program!

The Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey is now a part of McCaffrey’s program that supports local nonprofit organizations by generously donating 1% of every receipt collected.  Being part of this fundraiser is easy!  Here’s how it works:


  1. Shop at McCaffrey’s Food Markets.
  2. Save your receipts!
  3. Send them in with your child to any YOCJ rehearsal in an envelope marked “McCaffrey’s Receipts”
  4. YOCJ earns 1% of the total of each receipt (minus sales tax, cigarettes, alcohol, milk and sushi items).

Please share with your neighbors, friends, family and coworkers – anyone can submit their receipts to the Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey. This is an ongoing fundraiser, so there are no deadlines.  However, we request that receipts are submitted monthly if possible.  Please contact Amy Woodward at if you have any questions.Thank you for your support!

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