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New Jersey Youth Symphony Announces 2017 Summer Programs


NEW PROVIDENCE—The New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) will offer three summer programs for students entering grades 4-12 from June 25-August 25, 2017. Orchestral Camp, for students entering grades 5-9, runs from June 25-July 8; Junior Winds Camp, for students entering grades 4-7, runs from July 24-28; and a brand new Flute Camp, for students entering grades 8-12, runs from August 21-25. All camps take place at 570 Central Avenue in New Providence. Campers can take advantage of a tuition discount by registering before the Early Registration deadline on May 31, 2017. For more information about NJYS summer programs, visit

NJYS camps require auditions for new students. Register for an NJYS camp audition online at Audition timeslots will be emailed by the NJYS office upon registration. The audition is waived for current NJYS students. Current NJYS students are welcome to register online at For questions on NJYS auditions, please call 908-771-5544. Refer to the website at for camp audition requirements.


NJYS Orchestral Camp Audition: May 12, 2017 at 4:30 - 8:00 p.m.
NJYS Junior Winds Camp Audition: May 12, 2017 at 4:30 - 8:00 p.m.
NJYS Flute Camp Audition: May 12, 2017 at 4:30 - 8:00 p.m.

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Orchestral Camp
Entering 5th–9th Grade
Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Tuition (Early Registration): $1,065
Tuition (After Early Registration): $1,125
Director: Diana Charos Reilly

The NJYS Orchestral Camp is a great opportunity for young musicians in grades 4-8 to grow musically. Campers hone 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! Entrance by audition; audition is waived for students currently in an NJYS ensemble.  

Performance Ensembles:

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

• Chamber Orchestra – Intermediate to Advanced Strings

• Cadet Orchestra – Advance 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 Chamber Music concert.

Instrument Doubling Program: Eligible students may elect to participate in our select instrument doubling program on instruments such as double bass, viola, oboe, and bassoon.
Recreation: Recreational activities will be provided daily.
Lunch: Students are asked to bring their own lunch on days specified in the camp schedule distributed at the parent meeting on June 25.

Junior Winds Camp
Entering 4th–7th Grade
9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Level: Advanced Beginner
Tuition (Early Registration): $395
Tuition (After Early Registration): $420
Director: Bryan Rudderow and Diana Charos Reilly

Junior Winds Camp strengthens the fundamentals of young wind and brass players through individual instruction and group performance. Campers work on two instruments: their primary instrument and a secondary wind or brass instrument. Secondary instruments will be decided upon by the camp Director and provided by NJYS. The day includes sectionals, fundamentals, snack, musical games, and full ensemble rehearsals. Prerequisite: 6 months playing experience. Entrance by audition; audition is waived for students currently in an NJYS ensemble.

Flute Camp
Entering 8th-12th
9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Level: Advanced
Tuition (Early Registration): $385
Tuition (After Early Registration): $410
Director: Diana Charos Reilly

Flute Camp provides enthusiastic advanced flutists the opportunity to grow both musically and technically in a nurturing environment. Camp experience includes full flute choir, small ensembles, lessons, and recitals. Special topics geared specifically to the flute will be explored. Entrance by audition; audition is waived for students currently in an NJYS ensemble.


Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA), the umbrella organization for the New Jersey Youth Symphony, will host a Summer Open House on Saturday, March 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The free event is open to the public and will be held at the Performing Arts School located at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights.


Says Executive Director Karen Deschere, “We’ve listened to our community and have adapted our summer programs to be intensive (but not intense!) learning opportunities. Some instrumental programs and the Summer Musical Theater Company begin with a placement audition—nothing intimidating—so that instructors can place each student for the most successful outcome. We’ve worked hard to ensure that every program is tailored to offer the most rewarding and enjoyable experience for your child.”


Summer Enrichment at Wharton

Music Explorers
Entering Pre-K – 2nd Grade
Full Day and Morning Sessions

Theater Explorers
Entering 3rd – 8th Grade
Full Day and Morning Sessions

Musical Theater Enrichment
Audition Workshop

Entering 5th – 10th Grade

Curtain Call (Drama Only)
Entering 3rd – 6th Grade

Triple Threat Musical Theater Intensive
Entering 2nd – 5th Grade

Summer Musical Theater Company*
Entering 5th – 10th Grade
*Audition required.

Instrumental Enrichment
String Camp*
Entering 3rd – 8th Grade
*Placement required.

Jam Band Camp
Entering 6th – 12th Grade

New Jersey Youth Symphony Orchestral Camp*
Entering 5th – 9th Grade
*Audition required.

New Jersey Youth Symphony Junior Winds Camp*
Entering 4th – 7th Grade
*Audition required.

New Jersey Youth Symphony Flute Camp*
Entering 8th -12th
*Audition required.

In addition to our summer enrichment programs, Wharton continue to offer private lessons.   Summer is a great time to practice and make huge progress on your instrument, or to learn a new one.  30-, 45-, or 60-minute lessons are available in packages of 4 or 6. Join us this summer and use the time to hone skills, try something new, and discover the artist within!

The Performing Arts School continues to offer its private lesson introductory package at the Summer Open House, which includes four half-hour private lessons with its distinguished faculty on all instruments and voice, for new and current students. Prospective students can explore a new instrument and get a taste of the focused, individual attention of one-on-one instruction at Wharton, while current students can take advantage of the lesson package to embark on playing a second instrument. Students may register online for the introductory lesson package, as well as private lessons and group classes, by going to For more information, call the Student Services office at 908-790-0700.

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.


The Paterson Music Project is Wharton’s El Sistema-inspired program held at the Community Charter School of Paterson and Paterson Public School 1/26. Students receive 6 hours of intensive music instruction each week with the goal of creating social change through the ambitious pursuit of musical excellence.


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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