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, June 9, 2020
Click HERE for more audition information! Like us on FACEBOOK!

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

Finland & The Baltics Tour 2020

Remaining deposits are due as follows:
*Tues. March 31st – Deposit #2 for newest registrants: $1000 each.
*Tues. April 28 – Final Deposit #3 for EVERYONE (see tour page for details)

NEW: Hotel Room Questionnaire and Tour T-shirt Design Contest! All this and more can be found on our Finland 2020 page: Click HERE to access our tour page! YOCJ’s 2020 Tour takes us to Finland & The Baltics: The Hidden Treasures of Europe. Enjoy the sights of Helsinki, Finland; Tallin, Estonia; and Riga, Latvia in this video montage created by Firebird Fine Arts Tours, our tour company! This footage below is underscored by a selection we will learn for the tour, entitled “One Nation’s Story” by the Estonian composer, Jüri-Ruut Kangur. Maestro Kangur is also a distinguished conductor, who will work with YOCJ in a masterclass during the tour!

Bravo to YOCJ and The Piano Guys!

Congratulations goes out to Annabel Guo, Sonya Jin, Vivian Chen, Laura Liao, Ireanne Cao, Luna Lee, Lakshay Patel, and Anika Kapoor. They were featured on the selection “Beethoven’s 5 Secrets” by The Piano Guys, at the Tuesday September 10th concert at the State Theatre New Jersey.


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.

• NEW: SPONSORS! We now feature this top level platform for businesses to engage with our members and maximize your marketing! Check out the ad form to peruse the many benefits to your business. Contact us ASAP!
• PREMIUM ADS: We are featuring several NEW PREMIUM ADS this season. Contact 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!

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.  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 to the conductors. Please contact Grace Shijin at 732-822-5653 or, 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 the Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey 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!

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: