During this unprecedented time, YOCJ wants to keep the music playing! The Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey hosted a Solo Adjudication Festival in order to give New Jersey students an opportunity to perform, receive constructive critiques from our adjudicators, and receive ratings. Top performers will be featured in our Gold Festival Recital!

BRAVO to all 145 of our participants! Individual evaluation results will be emailed over the next several days. Congratulations the following students who were selected by the Adjudicators to perform in our upcoming Tuesday January 5th Select Recital! Scroll down for more information!

Miles Birnbaum, Tenor Saxophone
Rayhaan Bohra, Snare Drum
Abner Brijesh, Alto Saxophone
Julie Cai, Violin
Harry Fan, Mallets
Elizabeth Kim, Oboe
Darby Ko, Violin
Claire Tang, Trombone
Gloria Wang, Clarinet
Joyce Robbin Wu, Violin
Ethan Xu, Cello
Kyson Zhou, Violin 

Ariane Adcroft, Mallets
Nandini Bezawada, Snare Drum
Pratyoy Biswas, Alto Saxophone
Justin Epstein, Harp
Jenny Fan, Clarinet
Elizabeth Ferrara, French Horn
Gabrielle Hrung, Viola
Erica Koenigsberg, Oboe
Angela Li, Violin
Justin Morgan, Alto Saxophone
Shreyansh Sen, Flute
Ivan Wong, Violin
Aaron Xi, Cello
Ino Zhu, Violin

Select Festival Recital: Tuesday January 5th, 6pm & 7:30pm

Click HERE to view our Electronic Program Booklet. The Select Festival Recitals feature the top performers that were chosen by the adjudicators from the Solo Adjudication Festival

Click the link below to go to the YouTube Livestream Premiere Event! 
The videos will also be viewable afterwards.

The format is as follows:
6pm Middle School Recital | 7:30pm High School Recital
Please check out the videos for an excellent night of music-making!


WHEN: Sunday December 13th

DEADLINE: Registration was closed on Friday November 20th

WHO: Any New Jersey Middle School and High School Orchestral and Band Instrumentalist. Membership in YOCJ is NOT required to participate. Also, students are eligible to participate whether or not they study privately.

MUSIC: Students will perform 1 solo that should not exceed the 10 minute Zoom slot. Students should select a solo that best represents their skills and abilities. All students will need to scan and email a copy of their repertoire to YOCJ for adjudication purposes.

NO PIANO ACCOMPANISTS: Students should NOT use piano accompaniment. This will optimize the ability for the adjudicators to hear the tone, dynamics, and other subtleties of the Zoom performances.

COST: $30 per student

HOW: Live 10 minute Zoom Performances!

ASSESMENT & RECOGNITION: Students will be given Written Critiques based on our Adjudication Rubric. Also, students will be rated as follows: Gold, Silver, and Honorable Mention.

•Violin:  Hanfang Zhang, Princeton Symphony Orchestra
•Violin:  Ruotao Mao, Princeton Symphony Orchestra
•Viola:  Stephanie Griffin, Princeton Symphony Orchestra
•Cello:  Alistair MacRae, Princeton Symphony Orchestra       
•Bass:  Joanne Bates, Princeton Symphony Orchestra
•Flute:  Yevgeny Faniuk, Princeton Symphony Orchestra          
•Clarinet:  Andy Cho, Princeton Symphony Orchestra
•Oboe:  Lillian Copeland, Princeton Symphony Orchestra           
Bassoon:  Brad Balliett, Princeton Symphony Orchestra
Trumpet: Jerry Bryant, Princeton Symphony Orchestra
Horn:  Jonathan Clark, Princeton Symphony Orchestra
Trombone: Lars Wendt, Princeton Symphony Orchestra         
Tuba:  Jonathan Fowler, Princeton Symphony Orchestra
Harp:   André Tarantiles, Princeton Symphony Orchestra
•Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
•Lois Hicks-Wozniak, SUNY & Marist College
Snare Drum:
•Sean J. Kennedy, Freelance Drum Set Artist
•Clayton Cameron, UCLA
•Julie Spencer, Marimba virtuoso & composer
•Simon Boyar, Marimba virtuoso, NYU Faculty