Tuesday, October 1, New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) and Artistic Director Jeffrey Grogan host The MLC School from Sydney, Australia, one of the finest high school string programs in the world. NJYS was selected by The MLC School to share a rehearsal with 25 string and vocal musicians, all young women from this pre-K through grade 12 independent girls school in Australia.


Under the direction of Karen Carey, The MLS School has won awards from the Australian Music Centre, the Australasian Performing Right Association, the Fellowship of Australian Composers, and Orchestras Australia. Ms. Carey has been a recipient of the National Award for Excellence for the Australian Society for Music Education and the Australian Government Quality Teacher Programme.

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The MLC Orchestra and Chorus will perform for NJYS student musicians followed by a combined rehearsal of the MLC orchestra and NJYS’s premier orchestra, Youth Symphony. The orchestras will play Bernstein’s Overture to Candide and pieces by Tchaikovsky. The chorus will participate in a clinic at NJYS led by Australian-born Heather Buchanan, Associate Professor of Music & Director of Choral Activities at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University.


Sharing a singular musical experience with such an internationally renowned orchestra is a wonderful opportunity for both groups of student musicians who learn from each other and share the joy of playing together. Says NJYS Artistic Director Jeffrey Grogan, “NJYS wants to expose its students to musicians from around the world and encourage these valuable collaborations. We are thrilled to host The MLC School students.” The MLC School’s U. S. tour is conducted by Music Celebrations International.


New Jersey Youth Symphony is the orchestral and ensemble division of Wharton Music Center, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) is located at 570 Central Avenue in New Providence. NJYS, one of the foremost youth orchestras in the state, has ten 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.


Wharton Music Center, located at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights, provides music, theater, 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 theater, drama, choral music, 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 music centers serving students in Union, Morris, Essex, Somerset, Middlesex, and surrounding counties.