About The Brass Program
The Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey’s Brass program consists of 2 levels for trumpet, French horn, trombone and tuba students: The Brass Ensemble and The Brass Choir. Both groups perform a wide variety of music from Baroque to Contemporary.
The Brass Ensemble is conducted by Brian Woodward. Created in 2013 to give younger musicians the opportunity to practice as a chamber group, the Brass Ensemble performs with YOCJ’s other small ensemble groups at a concert each semester. Members are also part of YOCJ’s Wind Symphony and the Pro Arte Orchestra. Repertoire for the Brass Ensemble includes Mouret’s Rondeau (made popular by Masterpiece Theater), as well as a Contrapunctus by J.S. Bach, and works by Giovanni Gabrieli and Johann Pezel.
The Brass Choir will be conducted this year by our newest staff member, Shannon Ferrara! This group consists of advanced brass musicians who perform with YOCJ’s other small ensemble groups at a concert each semester. Members are also part of YOCJ’s Symphonic Orchestra. Repertoire includes Robert King’s arrangement of Victor Ewald’s Symphony For Brass, Opus 5, and works by Paul Dukas, Samuel Scheidt and Scott Joplin.
- Brass Ensemble: For 2021-22, rehearsals are Mondays, 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Time will be split between Brass Ensemble and Wind Symphony.
- Brass Choir: For 2021-22, rehearsals are Tuesdays, 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Time will be split between Brass Choir and Symphonic Orchestra.
Audition to join the Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey
Young musicians (elementary through high school) are all welcomed to audition for The Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey in January, June, and September.
Students MUST study privately and be enrolled in either their school band or orchestra in order to become and remain a member of YOCJ. Recommendation by the student’s private teacher is required. Homeschoolers are also invited to audition!
Click HERE for complete audition information and upcoming DATES.