About The Wind Symphony
Consisting primarily of middle school aged brass, woodwind and percussion students, our Wind Symphony performs as a solo ensemble, while also joining forces with the Pro Arte string orchestra to create YOCJ’s junior symphonic orchestra. The Wind Symphony has performed in a wide variety of venues here in Central Jersey as well as in Haydn Hall in the Esterhazy Palace of Austria and the Bethlehem Chapel of Prague. The ensemble performs a diverse range of music from traditional marches by John Philip Sousa, to standard band literature by Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams, as well as contemporary pieces by Michael Colgrass and John Mackey. On the 2014 YOCJ European tour, members performed in Haydn Hall in the Esterhazy Palace in Austria and Prague’s Bethlehem Chapel in the Czech Republic. The Wind Symphony is conducted by Scott Collins. For the 2021-2022 Season, rehearsals are Mondays, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. During this 2 hour time frame students will have the opportunity to rehearse as the full Wind Symphony as well as the smaller chamber ensembles, such as Percussion Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, and Woodwind Choir.
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.