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 24, 2017 ~ click HERE for more information! Like us on FACEBOOK!

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YOCJ tours GERMANY, June 2017!ImageBrandenburgerGate

We are delighted that Kathie Schmoll and the team at Firebird Fine Arts Tours are once again planning our performing tour, this time to Germany for June 28 to July 5, 2017. Click HERE to peruse our itinerary and download all pertinent PDF files. Families and students are welcome to sign up for the trip. To be eligible to participate, students MUST be members of YOCJ.


YOCJ welcomes Jennifer Montone, Principal French Horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra!


For the 2016-2017 Season, we are delighted to be hosting The Philadelphia Orchestra Principal French Horn, Jennifer Montone. Ms. Montone will be our featured soloist for the Sunday, January 22, 2017, 7pm concert at TCNJ’s Kendall Hall. Ticket information will be available this winter. Additionally, Ms. Montone will be hosting an interactive Brass Master Class with our students and brass ensembles on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at the West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North Theater. The Brass Master Class is a free event and open to the public. Please join us for both the concert and the class!


Advertisement Opportunities with YOCJ

Businesses can show support for our non-profit organization in a multitude of ways, including placing ads in our concert programs! Students, families, and friends, please consider enlisting the support of your favorite business by sharing our Ad form with them. YOCJ publishes 4 concert program booklets every season. Please click HERE to download our current Ad form!



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