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! 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”

Rare Saxophone Demonstration

Paul Cohen

YOCJ is pleased to announce that Dr. Paul Cohen, renowned saxophone historian and soloist, will be giving a lecture and rare saxophone demonstration on Tuesday December 12th at 8pm in the West Windsor Plainsboro High School North Theater. This event is free and open to the public.

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: Click HERE: 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!

New York Philharmonic former Principal Clarinetist, Stanley Drucker to perform with YOCJ!

Photo by Chris LeeYOCJ is pleased to announce our 2017-18 Guest Soloist and Master Class Clinician for our 40th Anniversary Season: Stanley Drucker, New York Philharmonic former Principal Clarinetist! Mr. Drucker will be performing Carl Maria von Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F Minor with our Symphonic Orchestra, led by John Enz at our January 21, 2018, 7pm Winter Concert at TCNJ’s Kendall Hall. Stanley Drucker will also lead an interactive Woodwind Master Class at 7pm on Tuesday March 13, 2018 at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North’s Theater. Please come join us for either or both of these events!


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