BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Wharton Music Center (WMC) welcomes thoughts of warm weather and summer activities with a Summer Camp Open House on Saturday, March 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. WMC, located at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights, offers a wide variety of instrumental, musical theatre, drama, dance, and early childhood summer camps, as well as the New Jersey Youth Symphony Orchestral Camp and private lessons on most instruments and voice. Visitors are invited to talk with camp staff to explore which summer camp best suits their children. Tours of WMC’s 22 studios including its dance studio and black box theater are available throughout the day.
Wharton Music Center continues to offer its ever popular Who’s Got Talent? Camps for ages five to thirteen years with visual and performing arts activities designed around a weekly theme. Who’s Got Talent? Camps, offered each week for nine weeks beginning June 30, culminate in a performance showcasing campers’ visual, dramatic, musical, and dance accomplishments at the end of each week. Summer Camp theme weeks this year range from Willy Wonka to Monsters, Inc.
For the younger camper, WMC is excited to announce Create, Rattle, and Roar! Camps for ages five to eight years. Developed by Who’s Got Talent? Camp Director Christopher Wright and Early Childhood Music Director Joyce Alexander, Create, Rattle, and Roar! Camps introduce young children to the performing arts through the exploration of various themes, music, acting, dance, and art crafts in a warm and nurturing environment. In addition, the WMC Early Childhood Music program offers Music Around the World for ages five to seven. Music Around the World campers explore the heritage and cultures of different countries through song and dance, arts and crafts, food, and musical instruments.
New Jersey Youth Symphony, the ensemble and orchestral division of WMC, offers its Orchestral Camp, which meets at 570 Central Avenue in New Providence, for grades five through nine from June 29 through July 12. Orchestral Camp gives students the opportunity to perform in small ensembles, camp orchestra, and camp chorus as well as learning music theory, ear training, and improvisation.
The robust offerings of summer activities at WMC include private lessons, Intro to Instruments Camp, Summer Guitar Institute, So You Think You Can Dance?/Actor’s Theatre Workshop, and Triple Threat Musical Theatre Project among other workshops and day camps. For complete summer camp listings, visit www.whartonmusiccenter.org.
All students who register during the Summer Camp Open House will receive $25 off summer camp tuition. The Summer Camp Open House is free and open to the public.
Wharton Music Center, located at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights, provides music, theatre, and dance instruction, educational programs, and performances for children, teens, and adults. In addition to instruction in all instruments and voice, WMC offers classes in musical theatre, dance, drama, vocal music, music theory, audio recording, early childhood music, and music for children with special needs. Offering a range of musical genres including classical, rock, jazz, and blues, WMC is one of New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community performing arts center serving students in Union, Morris, Essex, Somerset, and other surrounding counties.
WMC offers orchestral and ensemble music education for grades 3 through 12 through New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) located at 570 Central Avenue in New Providence. NJYS, one of the foremost youth orchestras in the state, has eleven orchestras and ensembles for which auditions are held annually. NJYS’s premiere orchestra, Youth Symphony, has performed in internationally renowned concert halls such as Carnegie Hall in New York City and Musikverein in Vienna.
The mission of Wharton Music Center, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is to advance excellence and education in the performing arts. For more information, visit www.WhartonMusicCenter.org or www.NJYS.org.