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. Other special events include Masterclasses, Chamber Recitals, Tours, and Summer Camps! 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:  June 4, 2024. Click HERE for more audition information! Like us on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM!

Austria Tour 2024

Registration has concluded for what promises to be an amazing tour of Vienna, Salzburg, and Esterhazy Palace! Please take care of any needed passport renewals or applications ASAP! Email us with any questions:  Here are some handy links:
Austria Tour webpage
Austria Tour Highlights PPT 


2024 Soloist and Clinician: Ranaan Meyer, Double Bass

Multi Grammy winning, Emmy award winning, and Gold record Double Bassist Ranaan Meyer is most known as a founding member and performer with the string trio Time for Three, Founder and Artistic Director of Honeywell Arts Academy, and as a solo performing artist, composer and educator. He also is an alumnus of The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Temple Prep, Manhattan School of Music, and the Curtis Institute of Music.
YOCJ’s Symphonic Orchestra was thrilled to perform Ranaan Meyer’s first concerto for double bass and orchestra entitled: ‘Concerto for My Family’ (2021) which is his homage to the people who lifted him up all along the way. Mr. Meyer will also run several Performance / Improvisation Workshops for YOCJ on Tuesday April 2, 2024. 

YOCJ Partnership with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) 

The 2023-2024 Season marks the fourth year of our amazing partnership with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra! We are looking forward to another season with Maestro Kenneth Bean, PSO coaches for sectionals, as well as the outstanding concerts of PSO’s upcoming season!


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

2023-2024 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 2023-2024 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 Monkcello Cello Studio & Princeton University Concerts & Russo Music & Princeton String Academy & Old Hights Brewing Company & Mus♪cal Memor♪es & NK Flutes & David Michie Violins & SUNY Crane School of Music & Princeton Symphony Orchestra & Jhopri Restaurant for your support!!