NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ—The New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) invites students in grades 3-11 to attend 5 days of rehearsals during its annual Bring A Buddy Week March 15-19 at 570 Central Avenue in New Providence. Students are encouraged to bring their instrument and sit in on the first half of a rehearsal with the ensemble of their choice. Bring A Buddy Week is free and open to the public. Students are encouraged to register in advance by calling 908-771-5544 or contacting NJYS Manager of Orchestras Stacy Beltran at stacy.beltran@njys.org.

Bring A Buddy Week allows the community to experience first-hand the artistry and unique style of each conductor while getting a rare behind-the-scenes look at the rehearsal process and camaraderie inherent in all of NJYS’s ensembles. Complete ensemble descriptions are available online at www.NJYS.org.

The New Jersey Youth Symphony, the orchestral and ensemble affiliate of Wharton Music Center, features fourteen ensembles, available by audition for students in grades 3 – 12. Its premiere ensemble, Youth Symphony, was awarded first place in the prestigious 2014 Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival and has appeared in such internationally renowned concert halls as Carnegie Hall in New York City and Musikverein in Vienna. The New Jersey Youth Symphony was recently featured on NJTV’s The State of the Arts and appeared at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center for its 35th Anniversary gala concert.

Bring A Buddy Week Calendar of Events

Sunday, March 15
Intro to Jazz Workshop
1:00 p.m. Grades 6-10
Dave Schumacher, Conductor
Jazz Combo
2:30 p.m. Grades 9-12
Dave Schumacher, Conductor
Percussion Ensemble
3:00 & 5:30 p.m. Grades 7-12
Dr. Kenneth Piascik, Conductor

 

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Monday, March 16
Youth Orchestra
6:15 p.m. Grades 7-12
Simon Lipskar, Conductor
Flute Choir
5:15 p.m. Grades 6-9
Diana Charos Reilly, Conductor
Flute Forum
6:45 p.m. Grades 9-12
Diana Charos Reilly, Conductor

 

Tuesday, March 17
Sinfonia
5:00 p.m. Grades 5-8
Kristi Geronimo, Conductor
Youth Symphony
6:30 p.m. Grades 9-12
Jeffrey Grogan, Conductor

 

Wednesday, March 18
Philharmonia
6:15 p.m. Grades 6-9
Mark Gunderman, Conductor
Junior Wind Ensemble
5:00 p.m. Grades 4-8
Bryan Rudderow, Conductor
Clarinet Ensemble
6:45 p.m. Grades 8-12
Bryan Rudderow, Conductor

 

Thursday, March 19
Preparatory String Ensemble
4:30 p.m. Grades 3-5
Michelle Hatcher, Conductor
Junior Strings
6:15 p.m. Grades 5-7
Michelle Hatcher, Conductor
Fortissimo Flutes
8:00 p.m. Grades 10-12
Diana Charos Reilly, Conductor

 

Wharton Music Center, where creativity and expression converge with exploration, provides a diverse range of classes and programs as New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community performing arts center. Serving nearly 1,200 students with high quality instruction in all instruments and voice, musical theatre, drama, and dance, Wharton and its esteemed faculty of talented professionals offer instruction for beginners of all ages, as well as an in-depth, sequential course of study through its Achievement Program, and orchestral and ensemble training with the New Jersey Youth Symphony, its orchestral and ensemble affiliate.

Innovative programming and over 500 classes taught weekly, from Early Childhood Music, music theory, and audio recording to Introduction to Instruments, ensures that there is something for all ages and interests.

Part of our mission as a community school for the performing arts is to engage, educate, and enrich our community with a broad spectrum of accessible programming. Dedicated to serving the community, WMC provides instruction at local public, private and charter schools in after-school settings and during the school day. From an assembly program to a full-year residency, our outstanding faculty collaborates with school principals and staff to offer customized curriculum to meet the needs for music, drama, and musical theatre instruction for each school or organization. One of the highlights of our community programs is the Paterson Music Project, an El Sistema-inspired program that provides intensive music instruction to elementary school students attending the Community Charter School of Paterson.

Wharton Music Center builds personal connections in the community through an array of faculty and student performances, many of which are free and allow community members to become more involved with WMC. These often interactive Community Concerts include classical, jazz and family programs and are held at a variety of venues throughout the region. New Jersey Youth Symphony ensembles, both large and small, perform throughout the community.

Located in Berkeley Heights and New Providence, New Jersey, Wharton Music Center and New Jersey Youth Symphony serve students from thirteen counties.

For additional information about our community programs and class offerings visit our website www.WhartonMusicCenter.org or call 908-790-0700.