Information is coming soon on our 2023 Summer camps! Please save the dates:

YOCJ 3rd Annual Summer Chamber Camps
Location: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
Week #1: Monday July 10 – Friday July 14
Week #2: Monday July 17 – Friday July 21

In the meantime, enjoy some photos from previous camps!

Summer Band Camp 2022
Summer Chamber Camp Week #1
Summer Chamber Camp Week #2

BRAVO to all the camp participants. Relive the memories and enjoy these photos below! This program has been made possible, in part, with support from ACMP Associated Chamber Music Players.


Violinist & Violist, Phillip Pugh, Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey Artistic Director and Conductor of the Pro Arte and String Preparatory Orchestras, holds a Master’s degree in music theory and a Bachelor’s degree in music education from Temple University.  In addition to extensive study in violin performance, Mr. Pugh is a registered Suzuki teacher, and has also studied string instrument repair and set-up under the tutelage of leading luthiers.  As a violinist and violist, he performs with the Boheme Opera Company and the New Jersey Capital Philharmonic Orchestra. He also teaches at West Windsor-Plainsboro’s Millstone River School, has served on the faculty of the Csehy Summer School of Music, and maintains an active private teaching studio.  Mr. Pugh has been with the Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey since 1988.

Saxophonist, Dr. Jordan Smith, conductor of the Saxophone Choir and Saxophone Ensemble, holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rutgers University, a Master of Music in saxophone performance from Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music in music education degree from the College of New Jersey. He has concertized throughout the U.S., Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Greece as a soloist, conductor, chamber and orchestral musician, and has recently performed with the New World Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Bravura Philharmonic, and more at such venues as Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Symphony Space in NYC and Yamaha Concert Hall in New York City. As a chamber musician in New York City and member of the Manhattan Saxophone Quartet, he has premiered works over 30 works for saxophone.  Articles by Dr. Smith appear often in TEMPO Magazine, in addition to publications in the 2015 edition of The Saxophone Symposium and the 2011 issue of the Saxophone Journal. In addition to Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey, Dr. Smith is an adjunct professor at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City. He maintains a large private studio in Hightstown, NJ, and can be heard on Ravello, Carrier and Navona Records. Dr. Smith joined the Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey in 2010 as saxophone director and became the overall recruitment director for the organization in 2015.

Clarinetist, Scott Collins, Conductor of the Wind Symphony and the Woodwind Choir, holds a Master’s Degree in Clarinet Performance, a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, both from Temple University, as well as an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Valley Forge Military College. He studied clarinet with Charles Salinger, Lawrence Wagner, Ronald Reuben and Anthony Gigliotti. Mr. Collins has been teaching in the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District since 2004, where he has directed ensembles including concert band, jazz band, marching band, and string orchestra. Currently, he teaches concert band at the Community Middle School. In July 2011, he was named a “Conducting Fellow” for the Conducting Workshop for Music Educators at the Juilliard School. Mr. Collins has performed as a clarinetist with many regional ensembles, including the Haddonfield Symphony, the Opera Festival of New Jersey, the Princeton Festival, the Network for New Music, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and the Arts at St. John’s. These concerts included appearances with artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Midori, Gary Graffman, Dame Julie Andrews, and the Moody Blues. He was a featured soloist in May 2014 with the Arts at St. John’s, performing the Clarinet Concerto in A Major by Mozart. Collins joined the Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey in 2015.

Cellist, Dr. Jichen Li is an experienced performer and educator.  He is currently a substitute cellist in the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and cello professor at Drew University. He was the principal cellist of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Orchestra, the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra, the China Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra, and the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra. Li studied cello at the Tianjin Conservatory of Music and the China Conservatory of Music before continuing his education in the United States.  He received a master’s degree in chamber music performance and cello solo performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, while under the tutelage of Stefan Kartman. He is currently a doctorate candidate at Rutgers University where he studies with Jonathan Spitz. Li has experience teaching students of all ages and levels. In the past, as a faculty member at the String Academy of Wisconsin, he taught university-level students and was involved in the University Cello Ensemble.

Violist, Bethany Hargreaves has performed as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician across North America, Europe, China, and Israel. Notable performances include her solo debut on Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and two concerto appearances with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra. Most recently, Hargreaves appeared on a Yale School of Music Faculty Artist Series. A passionate chamber musician, Hargreaves has collaborated in concert with distinguished musicians such as Ani Kavafian, Itzhak Perlman, as well as members of the Cleveland Quartet, Emerson String Quartet, and the Orion String Quartet. In addition to her positions with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Hargreaves has performed with the New World Symphony, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, and has served as principal viola of the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra, and Yale Philharmonia. She currently performs with multiple New York City based chamber music ensembles including the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, New York Classical Players, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Here are some photos from the Summer 2021 camps!