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New Jersey Youth Symphony Chamber Music Concert November 19 at Chatham United Methodist Church

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CHATHAM, NJ —The New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) Chamber Music Program presents their Fall Concert on Sunday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Chatham United Methodist Church located at 460 Main Street.

The concert is free and open to the public. Students will perform trios and quartets by Beethoven, Dancla, Haydn, Mozart, and Mozart’s Horn Quintet in E-flat major, K.407 for horn and strings. The NJYS String Quartet made up of violinists Kingston Ho and Rebecca Slater, violist Marcus Stevenson, and cellist Daniel Wey will perform the first movement of Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95, “Serioso.”

The NJYS Chamber Music Program provides young musicians with the opportunity to learn and perform chamber music literature and helps enhance both beginning and advanced students’ musicianship by building on technical skills, expanding listening and group collaboration skills, exploring historical practices and perspectives, and challenging students to read and perform music more fluently.

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The NJYS Chamber Music Program expands on students’ foundations of solo and orchestral repertoire and contributes to a fuller artistic expression on his or her instrument. Chamber music coaches include Nate White, Milan Milinkovic, Nevena Bojovic, Susan Meuse, and Crispian Fordham. The NJYS String Quartet is coached by Milan Milinkovic and Philip Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet.

Nate White joined the NJYS family as a student in 1989 and has served in numerous capacities. White is currently the conductor of Sinfonia. He also works as a freelance double bassist and private teacher in the greater New Jersey area. After beginning his studies at the Manhattan School of Music, White continued the remainder of his studies at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. There he studied double bass with Linda McKnight and conducting with Paul Hostetter.

A gifted soloist, White has performed solo concerti with several orchestras including the New Jersey Youth Symphony, the Philharmonic Orchestra of NJ, the Doctor’s Society Orchestra of NY and the Montclair State University Symphony. In 1999, he won the Grand Prize of the NJ ASTA State Solo Competition and in 2008 he won the Montclair State University Concerto Competition. White can often be seen performing with the South Orange Symphony, the Central Jersey Symphony, the Staten Island Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Peter’s by the Sea, the Eastern Wind Symphony, and the Bravura Philharmonic.

In 2008, White founded the Freelance Ensemble Artists of NJ with the purpose of extending a more professional performance experience to young student musicians. He now serves as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the FEA Symphony, a group made up of professional performers and music educators who take the stage with advanced college and high school student musicians.

Serbian native Milan Milinkovic is an active solo, chamber, and orchestral violinist in the New York metropolitan area.Milinkovic has performed with a large number of orchestras include the Manhattan Virtuosi, Riverside Symphony, and Garden State Philharmonic. Last year, Milinkovic had the opportunity to be a part of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra’s first American tour. A graduate of University of Music Arts in Belgrade Serbia, Milinkovic studied with Prof. Dejan Mihailovic and Prof. Srboljub Zikic, concertmaster of the Belgrade Philharmonic. In his native country, Milinkovic’s orchestral experience included performing with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra as well as National Opera Theater in Belgrade, Serbia. As a member of renowned St. George Strings, Milinkovic has performed widely throughout Europe. After his move to the United States in 2001, Milinkovic became interested in violin pedagogy and in 2008 was offered a position as adjunct faculty at the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown as well as the Far Brook School in Short Hills.  In 2016, Milinkovic became orchestra director at Far Brook School and maintains private teaching studios in New Providence and Summit.

Serbian native Nevena Bojovic holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the University of Musical Arts in Belgrade, Serbia. After moving to the United States, Bojovic continued her studies and obtained a Master of Music degree from Brooklyn College. Bojovic has performed throughout the tri-state area and her orchestral experience includes performances with the Serbian Chamber Orchestra and St. George Strings ensemble. Bojovic received Suzuki teacher training and certification from the School for Strings, NYC. She has been a faculty member at the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, String Project at Brooklyn College, United Nations International School, Far Brook School, and the NJYS Orchestral Camp. Bojovic is currently teaching orchestra in the Franklin Township Public Schools and maintains a private violin studio in Summit, NJ.

Susan Meuse is in her fifteenth year as an orchestra teacher in New Jersey. She currently teaches at Hammarskjold Middle School in East Brunswick. She has taught in her hometown of Cherry Hill, as well as the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Meuse received her Bachelor of Music degree in Education from Ithaca College and her Master of Music degree in Education from Rutgers University. As a cellist, Meuse performs regularly with the City Winds Trio and the Freelance Ensemble Artists of NJ.  She is currently serving as President of the Board of Directors for the FEA of NJ. An active member of NJMEA, Meuse is the Orchestra Procedures and Performance Chair. She is an organizer for the CJMEA Elementary Honors Orchestra and has twice conducted its ensembles. She conducted the CJMEA Intermediate String Orchestra in 2013, the All South Jersey Junior High String Ensemble in 2014, and the CJMEA Intermediate Chamber Orchestra in 2017.

Flutist Crispian Fordham, originally from London, is the flutist for City Winds Trio which has been performing in concert series throughout the East Coast since 2001. In May 2016, Fordham performed Mozart’s Flute Concerto in D Major with the St. Mary’s Chamber Orchestra and in 2015 Crispian performed a solo recital with pianist Jack Bender on the St. Mary’s Church concert series in South Amboy. The duo also performed in June 2014 on the Mahwah Library Sunday Concert Series. Fordham has performed both flute and piccolo with the Park Avenue Chamber Players and London Festival Players, among others. Fordham has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall, and the United Nations. In August of 2015, Fordham was the flutist for the premier of the musical Damascus Square starring Richard Blake of Jersey Boys fame. Fordham was the flutist for the musical Midnight Madness, with the part specifically written for him by composer Jack Bender. Midnight Madness premiered in New York as part of the New York Musical Theater Festival at the Alvin Ailey Theater in September of 2008. Fordham toured Florida with the Gold Coast Opera Company for their productions of Tosca and Madame Butterfly and attended the Aspen Music Festival as a full Scholarship Fellow in both 1998 and 1999. Fordham won the Award of Excellence in Performance from the Mannes College of Music. In addition to performing, Fordham is a wind coach for NJYS and a chamber music coach for NJIO and NJYS. Fordham received a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters of Music degree in Flute Performance from the Mannes College of Music.

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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