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New Jersey Youth Symphony Makes Carnegie Hall Appearance Sunday, March 12


The New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) is pleased to announce today that two of its ensembles, Sinfonia and Philharmonia, will appear at New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall on Sunday, March 12 at 8:30 p.m. The concert, presented by WorldStrides OnStage, will also feature the National Middle School and Children’s Choir. Nearly 130 members from the two NJYS ensembles will appear on the Perelman Stage of Stern Auditorium performing works by Elgar, Grieg, and Schubert, among others. Tickets range from $40 to $85 and are available at

Conducted by Nate White, NJYS’s Sinfonia is an intermediate string orchestra comprised of 5th-8th grade students designed to develop performance skills needed for young string players to further advance into a full orchestra. 

Nate White joined the NJYS family as a student in 1989, and has been around ever since. He has served NJYS in numerous capacities and 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 New Jersey, the Doctor’s Society Orchestra of New York and the Montclair State University Symphony. In 1999, he won the Grand Prize of the New Jersey ASTA State Solo Competition and in 2008 he won the Montclair State University Concerto Competition. He can 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 (FEA) of New Jersey with the purpose of extending 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.

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Philharmonia, conducted by Mark Gunderman, is an introductory full orchestra comprised of 6th–9th grade students. Philharmonia explores orchestral repertoire of great composers, arrangements of masterworks, and music written especially for youth ensembles.

Mark Gunderman is internationally active as a violinist, educator and conductor.  He currently conducts the orchestra at both Franklin Middle School and Franklin High School in Somerset, New Jersey. He is currently in his tenth year as conductor of NJYS Philharmonia orchestra. Before becoming a conductor, Gunderman was the head violin teacher with Midori & Friends, and organization dedicated to providing music and instrumental instruction to New York City’s public schools.  He also lived for a time in Lisbon, Portugal where he was a violinist in the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa and a professor at the Nacional Academia Superior.  An active freelance musician in all styles of music, Gunderman performs in solo, chamber and orchestra concerts throughout the New York and New Jersey area. He graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Music and earned his Master of Music Degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

As part of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, the New Jersey Youth Symphony has a rich history of fostering musical talent for over 35 years. Each of its 14 ensembles offers participants a different, yet fully rounded experience. The family of orchestras serves students from 3rd to 12th grades. NJYS is committed to providing the finest ensemble musical training led by our staff of experienced and renowned conductors, and is known for its high standard of excellence throughout the United States and internationally.

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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Berkeley Heights’ Women of the Week (WoW) Series features Beth Ferris Sale

March 18, 2018

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91 Young Musicians Work Together To Raise Nearly $14,000 for the New Jersey Youth Symphony

March 20, 2018

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Police Department sent a letter to parents and guardians of students at Allen W. Roberts Elementary School after a non-specific bomb threat was reported on Monday afternoon.

It's the second threat  reported at a New Providence school in March. The first threat was reported on March 5th at New Providence High School.

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Hillsborough: Suspended HS Athletic Director Charged with Theft

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Suspended Hillsborough High School Athletic Director Michael Fanizzi has been arrested and charged with the theft of $10,704 in athletic event receipts over a four-year period from 2013-2017, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Fanizzi, 53, a resident of Conover Way in Hillsborough who had been athletics director for 14 years,, had been suspended ...

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