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:  September 10, 2024 & January 28, 2025. Click HERE for more audition information! Like us on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM!

July Summer Chamber Music Camp

Click HERE to learn more about the much anticipated camp! Campers, you will be receiving an email right before camp begins, with more information.

Welcome Home YOCJ from the 2024 Austria Tour!

YOCJ just returned from an extraordinary tour of Vienna, Salzburg, and Esterhazy Palace! Click HERE to view more photos! Vimeo videos are coming soon, thanks to YOCJ parents who filmed for us.

YOCJ Partnership with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) 

The 2024-2025 Season marks the fifth 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

2024-2025 Sponsor Opportunities 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 2024-2025 Season. Click HERE to learn more, while all possible ad opportunities are still available! Please email us with questions that you have: