YOCJ Celebrates 40 Years of Music and Youth in 2018!

The Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey is celebrating a milestone in 2018—our 40th anniversary! We are thrilled that our organization has a long, rich history of cultivating many forms of music making with the talented youth of our surrounding communities!

How will we celebrate? Read on!

40th Anniversary Logo Contest

Congratulations to Samhita Ghosh, an 8th grade student from the Pro Arte Orchestra for her winning submission! Her logo will be used on the program booklet, flyers, and invitations for the recital.

40th Anniversary Recital

Save the date:
Sunday March 25, 3pm
Princeton Meadow Church
This event will feature:

*The premiere of the YOCJ 40th Documentary!
*YOCJ Conductors, current & past, performing on their instruments!
*YOCJ Alumni
*Current YOCJ students are eligible to audition to perform!
Interested alumni should save the date, contact us ASAP to propose your performance idea, and prepare a short video to present to the 40th Anniversary committee for consideration.


Auditions for 40th Anniversary Recital

Current YOCJ students are eligible to audition. Here’s how:

  1. Interested current students can submit chamber music “auditions” via an unlisted YouTube or Vimeo link to contactyocj@gmail.com by the deadline of February 13, 2018.
  2. Submissions can consist of a solo, duo, trio, quartet, etc. chamber music.
  3. Students need not use piano accompaniment on the audition video, if they are unable. YOCJ could provide accompaniment if the student(s) are selected.
  4. Selections will be made by a panel of YOCJ conductors and decisions will be final.

Please let us know if you have any questions!

New Alumni Outreach!

YOCJ is launching an effort to connect with alumni and would like to invite you to be a part of our celebration! There are several ways that you can be in contact with us so that we can keep you updated on this special year for our orchestra:

• FACEBOOK: The simplest way to stay in touch is to like and comment on our YOCJ Alumni Group Facebook page.

• UPDATE US: Please click HERE to fill out our important ALUMNI SURVEY! Also please share it!
You can also message us to update your contact information: contactyocj@gmail.com

NETWORK: Please feel free to forward this link to other alumni you think would enjoy being a part of this group: http://yocj.org/concerts-events/40th-anniversary/

•TESTIMONY: Please let us know if we can use your “testimony” on our website or FaceBook page. We would be delighted to know the years you participated in YOCJ and any memories you have about being a part of our musical groups.

• ACCOMPLISHMENTS: We would like to know your musical endeavors and accomplishments after YOCJ. Have you received any awards? Did you continue to play in college? Do you perform professionally or teach?

Some of the highlights of this special season include:
• The 40th Anniversary Celebration Recital on Sunday March 25, 3pm, Princeton Meadow Church
• A special performance  with the Symphonic Orchestra on Sun. Jan. 21, 7pm at Kendall Hall, TCNJ and Masterclass by Stanley Drucker, New York Philharmonic former Principal Clarinetist on Tues. March 13.
• A Rare Saxophone Demonstration by renowned saxophone historian and soloist Paul Cohen of Rutgers University on Tues. December 12, 8pm at WWPHSN Theater. Free Admission-Open to the Public!