NEW PROVIDENCE—The New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) continues its 40th Anniversary season with a concert featuring the NJYS Youth Orchestra, Fortissimo Flutes, and Clarinet Ensemble on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at the Union County Performing Arts Center located at 1601 Irving Street in Rahway. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors available online at

For the November 11 concert at UCPAC, NJYS will partner with Elizabeth’s St. Joseph’s Social Service Center and take in-kind donations of toiletry items including: toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, lip balm, soap, deodorant, travel-size shampoo and conditioner, travel-size body lotion, travel-size mouthwash, travel-size hand sanitizer, combs, brushes, hair ties, and tissue packs. Other social services partners include Morris Plain’s Interfaith Food Pantry and Resource Center, Morristown’s Homeless Solutions, Inc., and Morristown’s Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center, Inc. For a full list of the NJYS 2018-2019 season concerts and social services partners, as well as ways to give back at each concert, go to

Led by conductor Simon Lipskar with over 75 members, the NJYS Youth Orchestra will open the concert with Hovhannes Symphony No. 2, Op. 132, Mysterious Mountain and Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espangnol. Youth Orchestra provides an advanced, full orchestral experience for talented student musicians with opportunities to perform a robust repertoire from Beethoven and Dvořák to contemporary composers. Fortissimo Flutes, led by conductor Diana Charos Reilly, will follow with works by Rutter, Berthomieu, McMichael, and Mozart. This ensemble presents the best of the best from around the state, performing frequently in concerts and interactive events as well as acting as mentors within the NJYS community, inspiring younger students to strive for excellence and encouraging a lifelong love of music. The concert will finish with the Clarinet Ensemble performing works by The Beatles, J.S. Bach, and Leonard Bernstein. Exploring the unique qualities of clarinet playing, Clarinet Ensemble performs everything from new commissions to the landmarks of the Classical repertoire, challenging and inspiring students to reach their full potential in ensemble playing.

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Says Artistic Director Helen Cha-Pyo, “My vision for the New Jersey Youth Symphony’s 40th Anniversary is promoting the already well-developed musical excellence of our students—encouraging them to shine far and wide on varied stages and bring their talents to new audiences.” This season NJYS ensembles will grace stages including Kasser Theater at Montclair State University, the State Theater in New Brunswick, Dolan Hall at the College of St. Elizabeth, Drew University, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

In a nod to the New Jersey Youth Symphony’s ruby anniversary and her first season as Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts Artistic Director and Conductor of the NJYS Youth Symphony, Cha-Pyo chose a unique spin on the usual celebrations—in addition to a gala, which will be held at NJPAC on May 19, Cha-Pyo introduced the idea of partnering with social services in the communities where NJYS will perform throughout the season.

The Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts’ mission is to provide the highest quality performing arts education to a wide range of students in a supportive and inclusive environment, where striving for personal excellence inspires and connects those we teach to the communities we serve.

Wharton is New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community performing arts education center serving over 1,500 students through a range of classes and ensembles including the 15 ensembles of the New Jersey Youth Symphony, which serve 500 students in grades 3 – 12 by audition. We teach all instruments and voice and have a robust musical theater program.

Based in Paterson, New Jersey, the Paterson Music Project (PMP) is an El Sistema-inspired program of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts that uses music as a vehicle for social change by empowering and inspiring children through the community experience of ensemble learning and playing.There are now over 250 students in the program across the city of Paterson grades 1-8.

Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts is located in Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Paterson, NJ and reaches students from 10 counties. All of WIPA’s extraordinary faculty members and conductors hold degrees in their teaching specialty and have been vetted and trained to enable our students to achieve their personal best.