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 dates are Monday, June 18, 2018 & Tuesday, September 11, 2018 ~ click HERE for more information! Like us on FACEBOOK!

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.

BRAVO to our many talented YOCJ students for a stellar 40th Anniversary Season!

Congratulations to the YOCJ Saxophone Quartet for being selected to perform on Sunday April 29 at Princeton’s Communiversity Arts Fest 2018! Bravo to Jimmy Wang, Ian Briffa, Sriram Kannan, Raghuram Jasti and their coach, Dr. Jordan Smith!

Bravo to trombonist Justin Bi and flautist Sarah Chen, our 2018 winners of the Senior Concerto Competition! Justin performed the Trombone Concertino by Ferdinand David and Sarah performed George Hue’s Fantasia with the Symphonic Orchestra on the Sunday May 20 Spring Concert at West Windsor Plainsboro High School North.

Bravo to YOCJ Symphonic Orchestra Concertmaster, Raymond Jia, and Assistant Concertmaster, Lauren Cao, who were selected to perform at YOCJ’s 40th Anniversary Recital. They performed a Pleyel Duo.

Bravo to YOCJ Symphonic Orchestra cellist Crosby Davidson, who was selected to perform at YOCJ’s 40th Anniversary Recital. He performed Popper’s Hungarian Rhapsody, accompanied by his mother, Soo Mee Kwon.

Bravo to YOCJ Symphonic Orchestra cellist Arthur Kim, who was selected to perform at YOCJ’s 40th Anniversary Recital. He performed Chopin’s Polonaise Brillante, accompanied by his father, Leonard Kim.

Congratulations to our 7 selected students who participated in the March 20th Stanley Drucker Masterclass:
Rutha Chivate, Dora Leah Govorko, Aiden Homan, Rithika Iyengar, Sriram Kannan, Maxwell Taub, and Helen Zhu! Stanley Drucker is the former Principal Clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic.

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!

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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