YOCJ 2022 Master Class with David Kim

The Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim returns to YOCJ in 2022! Mr. Kim will be our featured string clinician on Tuesday March 29, 2022. Additionally David Kim will be our featured soloist for our Winter Large Ensemble Concert. He 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. More details coming soon!

YOCJ’s 2021 Spring Master Classes

YOCJ is pleased to be planning an exciting collection of Master Classes for the Spring of 2021, for the evening of Tuesday April 20th. Bravo to the following students who were selected to perform! Zoom links will be shared with YOCJ members as well as private and public school music teachers. Email for more information on Zoom links!

Our theme for Spring 2021 is Back to Performing! We have some fabulous plans in the works for YOCJ. One of them is our Tuesday April 20th Master Class event. This evening will actually feature EIGHT Master Classes in which students will perform live via Zoom for each instrumental grouping!

ALL YOCJ students should plan on attending these FREE online events. Invite your families, friends, private and public music teachers as well! 

•High School Violin & Viola: Basia Danilow, Princeton Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster  
 •Middle School Violin & Viola: Michael Davis, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Viola  
 •Cello & Double Bass: Joanne Bates, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Double Bass  
 •Flute & Clarinet: Yevgeny Faniuk, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Principal Flute  
•Oboe & Bassoon: Brad Balliett, Princeton Symphony Orchestra,  Principal Bassoon  
•Brass: Jerry Bryant, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Principal Trumpet  
•Saxophone: Dr. Jennifer Bill, Boston University 
•Percussion: Greg Giannascoli, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Percussion

YOCJ’s 10th Annual Masterclass ~ 2020

In April 2020, YOCJ was supposed to launch a brand new format for our annual Master Class! Although this was cancelled due to the pandemic, we look forward to our new format in the near future!

We will run separate but simultaneous Master Classes for the different instrumental families, bringing in many professional clinicians to work with ALL of the small ensembles and the 3 string orchestras. For the Spring of 2020 the Professional Clinicians would have been:

5pm Master Class:

  • String Preparatory Orchestra: Robert Peterson

7pm Master Classes:

  • Pro Arte Orchestra: Ruotao Mao
  • Symphonic Orchestra Strings: Nell Flanders
  • Brass Ensemble & Brass Choir: Dr. Stephen Allen
  • Symphonic Woodwinds & Woodwind Choir: John Frazier
  • Percussion Ensemble: Angela Zator-Nelson
  • Flute Ensemble: Sue Gillio
  • Saxophone Ensemble & Saxophone Choir: Lois-Hicks Wozniak

Our featured soloist this year, Angela Zator Nelson, The Philadelphia Orchestra Associate Principal Timpanist, would have worked with the Percussion Ensemble, for the public session. This particular type of session is free and open to the public, and held in the Theater of West Windsor Plainsboro High School North.

(Photo credits: Paul Arnold)

YOCJ’s 9th Annual Masterclass ~ Tuesday March 12, 2019, 7-9pm

Congratulations to our 6 selected students who participated in the David Kim Masterclass:
Kyson Zhou, Julie Cai, Joanne Bennet, Sonya Jin, Ivan Wong, and Sanjay Kaushik. Bravo everyone!

YOCJ’s 8th Annual Masterclass ~ Tuesday March 20, 2018, 7-9pm

Congratulations to our 7 selected students who participated in the Stanley Drucker Masterclass:
Rutha Chivate, Dora Leah Govorko, Aiden Homan, Rithika Iyengar, Sriram Kannan, Maxwell Taub, and Helen Zhu! Stanley Drucker is the former Principal Clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic.

YOCJ’s 7th Annual Masterclass ~ Tuesday March 21, 2017, 7-9pm

The Philadelphia Orchestra Principal French Horn, Jennifer Montone with our featured student soloists: Amelia Adcroft, Alec Berger, Selma Cheeks, Elizabeth Ferrara, Shrey Pradhan, and Adam Scherr; as well as piano accompanist Julie Caudle!

YOCJ’s 6th Annual Masterclass ~ Tuesday March 15, 2016, 7-9pm

David Kim, Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and all of our participants: Timothy Feng, Gabrielle Lee, Ji Won Lee, Lakshay Patel, Caleb Solidum, Christine Zhang & the YOCJ Percussion Ensemble (Peter Saleh, Director): Steven Chien, David Fienberg, Adrienne Wang, & Advaith Bantval. Thank you to piano accompanist, Julie Markavitch-Caudle. WW-P High School North Auditorium


YOCJ’s 5th Annual Masterclass ~ Tuesday March 10, 2015, 7-9pm

Yumi Kendall, Associate Principal Cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra
and 6 YOCJ cellists, WW-P High School North Auditorium

YOCJ Guest Soloists and Masterclass Clinicians:

2011 – David Kim, violin, Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra
2012 – Hal Robinson, bass, Principal Bassist of The Philadelphia Orchestra
2013 – Matt Vaughan, trombone, Principal Trombonist of The Philadelphia Orchestra
2014 – Bart Feller, flute, Principal Flautist of The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
2015 – Yumi Kendall, cello, Associate Principal Cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra
2016 – David Kim, violin, Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra
2017 – Jennifer Montone, French horn, Principal French Horn of The Philadelphia Orchestra
2018 – Stanley Drucker, former Principal Clarinet of The New York Philharmonic
2019 – David Kim, violin, Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra
2020 – Angela Zator Nelson, percussion, Associate Principal Timpanist of The Philadelphia Orchestra