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(s):
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
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YOCJ and The Piano Guys!

The Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey is thrilled to announce that some of our students have been invited to perform with the Piano Guys! Specifically, 8 select YOCJ violinists will be performing with The Piano Guys on September 10th at the State Theatre New Jersey! Congratulations goes out to Annabel Guo, Sonya Jin, Vivian Chen, Laura Liao, Ireanne Cao, Luna Lee, Lakshay Patel, and Anika Kapoor. They will be featured on the selection “Beethoven’s 5 Secrets.” All friends and family of YOCJ get 20% off tickets with code PIANOFRIEND:

Check out the January WWFM Interview of David Kim & John Enz

Reminisce with us and check out the January interview that WWFM did with our 2019 Soloist and Master Class clinician, David Kim, Philadelphia Orchestra Concermaster and YOCJ Artistic Director, John Enz.

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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The Splash Reel (at very top left of our page) was masterfully crafted by Front Row Seat Productions, LLC


YOCJ is committed to making all of our events accessible to all our patrons. Click HERE for more information and email us with any requests and questions that you might have: