BERKELEY HEIGHTS—Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA) will host a Fall Open House on Friday, September 7 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. The free event is open to the public and will be held at the Performing Arts School (PAS) located at 60 Locust Ave., in Berkeley Heights.

As New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community performing arts education center, Wharton’s Performing Arts School offers individual instruction for all ages and abilities on all instruments and voice; Instrument Explorations for the Very Young for ages 3-5; Pathways to Music for ages 4.5 to 7; a continuum of Musical Theater Arts and Drama classes starting at age 3; over a dozen music theory classes weekly; and a small ensembles program for all ages.

The open house will feature demo classes centered around PAS program offerings and light refreshments will be served. For more information visit

Open House Schedule

5:30-8:00 pm            Student Services Welcome in Lobby Staff answers questions and assists with registration.

5:30 pm                     Tour of Facilities

                                  Musical Theater Demo with Timothy Cole PAS Theater

                                  Out of the Box Music Demo with Margaret Persing Room 22

6:00 pm                     Tour of Facilities

                                  Hip Hop Demo with Nia Jackson Room 13, Dance Room

                                  Story Time Theater Demo with Emma Peterson PAS Theater

6:30 pm                     Tour of Facilities

                                  Out of the Box Music Demo with Margaret Persing Room 22

                                  Pathways to Musical Theater Demo with Emma Peterson PAS Theater                                   

7:00 pm                     Tour of Facilities

       Hip-Hop Demo with Nia Jackson Room 13

7:30 pm                     Tour of Facilities


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 1,400 students through a range of classes and ensembles including the 14 ensembles of the New Jersey Youth Symphony, which serve 500 students in grades 3 - 12. Beginning with Early Childhood music classes for infants and toddlers, WIPA offers private lessons, group classes and ensembles for all ages and all abilities. We believe in the positive and unifying influence of music and the performing arts and believe that arts education should be accessible to all people regardless of their ability to pay. We teach all instruments and voice and have a robust musical theatre 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. PMP provides intensive, low-tuition musical training to students throughout Paterson after school. Students study a primary instrument (violin, cello, viola, bass, clarinet, flute, trumpet, or percussion) and participate in ensemble practice and instrumental sectionals. Students perform frequently for the school and community. PMP also offers a Saturday Community Music Program which includes a city-wide orchestra, intergenerational choir, and an Afro-Fusion percussion ensemble. PMP now serves almost 300 students in grades 1-8 from five Paterson Public Schools including the Community Charter School of Paterson, School 1, School 26, School 15, and Norman S. Weir Elementary School. For more information, visit


Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts is located in Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Paterson, NJ and reaches students from 13 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.