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, September 11, 2018 ~ click HERE for more information! Like us on FACEBOOK!

David Kim returns in 2019!

YOCJ 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! 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!

YOCJ 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.


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 YOCJ & 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!

YOCJ 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 YOCJ. 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 amywoodward2@me.com if you have any questions.Thank you for your support!

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