About the String Preparatory Orchestra

The String Preparatory Orchestra (SPO) at the Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey is the youngest of the three string orchestras, and is conducted by Phillip Pugh.

SONY DSCTrue to its name, the SPO is a training orchestra. Young string players will learn essential ensemble skills such as staying together, listening critically, and following a conductor for tempo, dynamics, and articulation. Repertoire includes Mozart Divertimentos, Händel and Corelli Concerto Grossi, Peter Warlock’s Capriol Suite, Britten’s Simple Symphony and Gustav Holst’s St. Paul’s Suite. SPO will prepare young string students for promotion to the upper level orchestras. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays from 5:00pm to 6:30pm.

Audition to join YOCJ


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.