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New Jersey Youth Symphony Announces 2018 Summer Camps


NEW PROVIDENCE—The New Jersey Youth Symphony announced today that it will hold two summer camps, Orchestral Camp from June 24 until July 7 and Junior Winds Camp from July 30 until August 3, at 570 Central Avenue in New Providence. Campers can take advantage of a 5% tuition discount by registering before the Early Registration deadline on June 1, 2018. For more information visit

Orchestral Camp, for students in grades 4–9 as of September 2017, is a great way for young musicians to grow musically by honing their orchestral-playing skills through various ensemble settings. Featured ensembles include full orchestra, chamber music, choir, string orchestra, and wind ensemble. Eligible students may elect to participate in our select instrument doubling program. Camp also includes fun physical activities and a chance to make new friends! Orchestral Camp culminates in a chamber musc concert on July 6 at 4:00 p.m. and the final camp concert on July 7 at 11:30 a.m. Performances take place at Summit High School.

Entrance by audition; Orchestral Camp audition is waived for students currently in an NJYS ensemble. Audition information is available online at

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Orchestral Camp Performance Ensembles:

• Camp Orchestra – All campers perform alongside staff in a full orchestra

• Chamber Orchestra – Intermediate to Advanced Strings

• Cadet Orchestra – Advanced Beginners to Intermediate Strings

• Wind Ensemble – Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion

• Camp Choir – All campers develop musical and listening skills

• Chamber Music – Campers rehearse daily in small ensembles and perform in a special chamber music concert on July 6.

Junior Winds Camp, for students in grades 3-8 as of September 2017, will strengthen the fundamentals of young wind and brass players through individual instruction and group performance.  Students will work on two instruments – their primary instrument and a secondary wind or brass instrument. Secondary instruments will be decided upon by camp staff and provided by NJYS. A typical camp day includes sectionals, fundamentals, snack time, musical games, and full ensemble rehearsals. Junior Winds Camp culminates in a perfomrance on the last day of camp.

Prerequisite: Six months playing experience. Entrance by audition; Junior Winds Camp audition is waived for students currently in an NJYS ensemble. Audition information is available online at

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,

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. 

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BRANCHBURG, NJ – Due to the extended power outages in Somerset County as a result of Winter Storm Quinn and the expected cold temperatures over the next few days, the Somerset County Office of Emergency Management has partnered with the American Red Cross to open a shelter for county residents at Raritan Valley Community College.

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