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 twelve 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. Auditions for new students are held in January, June and September. Our next audition date: Tuesday, January 31 & June 6, 2023. Click HERE for more audition information! Like us on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM!

Washington D.C. Tour 2023 Registration is LIVE!

YOCJ students and families ~ join us for our first tour since 2017! This trip features great performance opportunities for our students, amazing professional concerts to attend, as well as visits to the Smithsonian and more. And we cap it all off with a pizza & bowling party! Click HERE for more info!

YOCJ Partnership with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) 

The 2022-2023 Season marks the third year of our amazing partnership with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra! Enjoy this PSO Student Spotlight video featuring the YOCJ cellist, Nikhil Das describing his musical journey!


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:

The 2022 Splash Reel was created by Briann Dixon Videography

AmazonSmile closes on Monday February 20, 2023


Before AmazonSmile shuts down, be sure to 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. And our non-profit, YOCJ, has just signed up with AmazonSmile for this very program! Please consider doing your on-line shopping to help support our talented young musicians!

2022-2023 Sponsor Opportunities Now Available!

YOCJ is pleased to feature monthly sponsors on our home page, and on our social media! We are officially accepting new sponsor inquiries for the 2022-2023 Season. Click HERE to learn more, while all possible ad opportunities are still available! Please email us with questions that you have:

Bravo to the Princeton String Academy, The Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, and Princeton University Concerts,  David Michie Violins, Russo Music, Evan Ardelle and RealtyMark Central’s Harnath Kodi for your support!!