The Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey has been providing outstanding opportunities for talented young musicians in Central New 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, June 9, 2020
Click HERE for more audition information! Like us on FACEBOOK!

Important Updates as of April 6, 2020

The YOCJ board has discussed our response to the coronavirus outbreak. The health and safety of our students and families is of the utmost importance.

  1. REMOTE LEARNING DURING HIATUS: The West Windsor-Plainsboro Schools District anticipates being closed through May 1st, unless Governor Murphy allows schools to return to in-person learning prior to then. We will keep you posted. In the meantime, read your emails announcing YOCJ Remote Learning Opportunities & Presentations that are being prepared by our talented conductors!
    *March 31st: “Playing Expressively, Parts 1 & 2” presented by Mr. Pugh. See email for links.
    *April 7th: Zoom Meetings for Ensembles, led by conductors. See email for links & passwords.
  2. FINLAND TOUR POSTPONED: The YOCJ Board has officially cancelled the 2020 Finland/Baltics tour and rescheduled for the Summer of 2021. Click HERE to access our tour page for more information on refunds.
  3. CHAMBER RECITAL POSTPONED: YOCJ will need to reschedule the March 22 Chamber Recital Fundraiser. We will keep everyone posted once we are able to reschedule.
  4. NY PHILHARMONIC CANCELLED / REFUNDS: YOCJ will be able to refund all participants from the cancelled April 4th trip to see the NY Philharmonic later this spring, once we are sent our reimbursement. Check your emails for the Refund Survey that is needed in order to process refunds.
  5. SPRING CONCERTS 2020: If YOCJ can resume, we are considering extending rehearsals and rescheduling the April Small Ensemble concert to Sun. May 17 and the Spring Large Ensemble Concert to Sun. June 14th. We will keep everyone posted.

We are all hoping to see an improvement in the current situation as soon as possible.

2019-2020 Parent Volunteer Opportunities

We are pleased to announce that the 2019-20 Parent Volunteer Opportunities are available NOW for current families. Click HERE for these Sign-up Genius registration links! Any questions? Email

Remind App 2019-2020

Click HERE to find out how to sign up! Any questions, please email Mrs. Epps at

2019-2020 Boosters & Business Ad Forms

Calling all music supporters, friends, and families of the Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey!

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: Your favorite business can place their ad in our program booklets! Click HERE for the current ad form.

YOCJ & the McCaffrey’s Receipt Program!

The Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey is part of McCaffrey’s program that supports local nonprofit organizations by generously donating 1% of every receipt collected. 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 to the conductors. Please contact Grace Shijin at 732-822-5653 or, if you have any questions. Thank you for your support!

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