About the Percussion Program

The Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey’s Percussion Ensemble is led by our director, Mr. Christopher Colaneri.

Our Musicians perform a variety of musical styles using a wide assortment of percussion instruments, both non-pitched and pitched, including a 5.0 octave rosewood marimba owned by the Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey. Repertoire includes smaller pieces that allow older and younger students to play with those of their own level, as well as larger combined pieces. Composers featured include Henry Cowell, Christopher Rouse, George H. Green, Lord Kitchener, and Tom Gauger as well as custom arranged works by Mozart, Schubert, Liszt, Bizet, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky.

Important Information

  • The Percussion students rehearse on Tuesdays, 6:45pm to 9pm.
  • Students will arrive at 6:45pm for the Percussion Ensemble.
  • Then, at the discretion of the conductor, students will also have the opportunity to participate in the Wind Symphony and/or the Symphonic Orchestra rehearsals until 9pm.


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.