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 at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North. Auditions for new students are held in January, June and September. Our next audition date(s):
NEW DATES: Tuesdays, January 12 & June 8, 2021
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Businesses, want to see your ads on this homepage? We would love to help you create and maintain your connection with our musically-minded families, students, and friends! Click HERE to find out how! This season everything is quick, easy, and online. It’s never been simpler!

Giving Tuesday and beyond!

This year, Giving Tuesday is on December 1st. Our non-profit greatly appreciates your donations at anytime. Please consider YOCJ for your charitable giving this season and beyond! Click HERE to donate today!

Solo Adjudication Festival

Did you already register? Click HERE to check out new tips, next steps and everything you need to know about our first ever Solo Adjudication Festival, coming up on Sunday December 13, 2020! New Registrations closed on Friday, November 20th.

Remind App 2020-2021

Click HERE to find out how to sign up! Any questions, please email Mrs. Epps at

YOCJ and Princeton Symphony Orchestra Partnership

The Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey and the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) announce a new partnership to advance excellence in orchestral performance and foster a greater connection between Central Jersey’s young musicians and their professional counterparts. Integral to the partnership, the PSO is expanding its assistant conductor position to include leadership of the youth orchestra’s Symphonic Orchestra. YOCJ’s beloved Symphonic Director John Enz is retiring after 35 years and the current PSO assistant conductor, Nell Flanders, will take over the baton with immediate effect. The partnership is the formalization of an ongoing relationship established through the PSO’s BRAVO! Education Program which encourages young musicians and their families to be exposed to extensive performance repertoire and be inspired by professional artists. Click HERE for more details on this exciting new partnership!

YOCJ Families ~ be sure to check your emails for the special access code to enjoy the November 15 PSO concert with Nell Flanders conducting for FREE! Check out all their Fall online performances below:

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. 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 as receipts cannot be more than 3 months old.
Please contact Joon Chung at, for information on how to mail your receipts to him. Thank you for your support!

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