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(s): January 31 and June 7, 2022
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End of the Year Giving!

The end of 2021 is right around the corner! Please keep in mind that YOCJ is a non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible. Click HERE for more information on how to donate! Click HERE to view our musically-themed Giving Platforms. Donations could be made via check or our PayPal link. Email for more information!

BRAVO YOCJ ~ First live concert in almost 2 years!

Congratulations to all the students and conductors who performed at the December 4th concert at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. Thanks to all who attended and celebrated with us last night. Stay tuned for professional photography and videography, coming soon!

Violinist David Kim plays Beethoven with YOCJ in 2022

The Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim returns to YOCJ! Mr. Kim has performed the Glazunov Concerto, the Tchaikovsky Concerto, the Bruch Concerto, and now it’s time for the mighty Beethoven Violin Concerto! Save the date: Sunday January 23rd, 2022, 7pm at the Yvonne Theater, Rider University. Ticket information will be available in early January 2022. All non-YOCJ affiliated audience members must complete an online COVID form in order to attend the concert. Rider University has COVID protocols: all non-vaccinated attendees must provide negative COVID test results within 72 hours of concert day. Please click HERE to learn more about tickets and the Rider University COVID Protocol.

Kenneth Bean, New YOCJ Symphonic Conductor & PSO Assistant Conductor

The Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey and the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) continues its 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 has expanded its assistant conductor position to include leadership of the youth orchestra’s Symphonic Orchestra. Starting with the 2021-2022 Season, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Kenneth Bean to this post! 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 partnership!

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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!

2021-2022 Parent Volunteer Program

YOCJ loves our Parent Volunteers!! Sign Up Genius Links are now available, first come-first serve. Check out this link for everything you need to know about the Parent Volunteer Program!

2021-2022 Remind App

Sign up below, based on your rehearsal night! Please let us know if you have any questions:

YOCJ Mondays 2021-22 Remind App link:
YOCJ Tuesdays 2021-22 Remind App link:

July 2021 In-Person Summer Chamber Music Camp at Rider University

Bravo to all the students and staff for the fabulous 2 weeks of rehearsals, coaching, and concerts. Click HERE for more information on the camp. We’re looking forward to our 2022 Summer Camp!

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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YOCJ is pleased to feature our monthly sponsors here and on our social media! Please email us with questions that you have:

Thank you to Russo Music Rentals, Princeton String Academy, Violin & Co, David Michie Violins, Certified Financial Services, and Old Hights Brewing Company for your sponsorship!