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, September 13, 2022. Click HERE for more audition information! Like us on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM!

BRAVO YOCJ Summer Band Camp & Chamber Camps!

Congratulations to all the camp participants and coaches on an amazing 4 weeks of music! We are already looking forward to next summer! Click HERE for more pictures. 

This program has been made possible, in part, with support from ACMP Associated Chamber Music Players.



2022-2023 Soloist: Billy Hunter, Trumpet

YOCJ is pleased to announce that our soloist for the 2022-2023 Season will be Trumpet player Billy Hunter. Mr. Hunter is currently Principal Trumpet with the Metropolitan Opera in New York and Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra in Chicago. He will be performing the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto with the Symphonic Orchestra, with conductor Kenneth Bean at our Winter Large Ensemble concert in January. Mr. Hunter will also be our Brass clinician at our Spring Brass Masterclass in March. More concert details will be available soon, as well as information on how YOCJ students can audition to perform in the Masterclass. Stay tuned!

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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:

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: