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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 www.carnegiehall.org

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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Elizabeth Coalition Announces Honorees for Annual Benefit for Homeless and At-risk Youth

April 29, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ ---The Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless has announced their 2017 annual reception, affectionately titled “There’s No Place Like Home,” on Wednesday, May 17 at the Grand Summit Hotel in Summit, NJ. Proceeds from the event will go towards Bernice’s Place, an after-school and summer program for homeless and at-risk children. Honorees include: Catherine ...

Concord Singers Spring Present 'American Potpourri' Concert May 13

SUMMIT, NJ - Something to please any musical palate -- including a lively mix of Broadway tunes, folk songs, American standards and spirituals by composers and arrangers as varied as Rogers and Hammerstein, Gwyneth Walker, Morton Lauridsen, Cole Porter, and Pete Seeger -- will be on the menu of songs when the Concord Singers present its spring concert, “An American ...

Dr. Donald DeFabio of Berkeley Heights to Speak at Scientific Conference

The American Spinal Injury Association, ASIA, is the premier North America Association in the field of spinal cord care injury and research and is holding their Annual Scientific Conference in Albuquerque, NM, this weekend. The conference is for the exchange of new ideas, research trends and advances in spinal cord injury management and this year Dr. Donald DeFabio of Berkeley Heights was invited ...

Election Sloganeering

April 24, 2017

November seems like a long way off, but is it possible to at least hear more substantive ideas instead of recycling campaign rhetoric? Presenting a litany of a city's or state's problems (and virtues) without offering any real solutions, improvements or original ideas is somewhat embarrassing. "Keep our schools great." What does that mean?

"We need to keep taxes ...

Union County Gubernatorial Candidates Forum Held in Springfield: “To Build a Thriving New Jersey”

April 28, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The Union County Gubernatorial Candidates Forum held at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Springfield on April 25 focused on affordable housing.  The event was called “The Union County Candidates and Community Leader’s Forum to Build a Thriving New Jersey”.

All gubernatorial candidates were invited to speak or send a representative. The ...

Debate Over Bike Trails in Watchung Reservation Continue at Union County Freeholders Meeting

April 21, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ — Debate about the possible addition of trails for mountain biking in Watchung Reservation continued at Thursday night’s Union County Freeholders meeting. The county had asked for input regarding the trails in February, which sparked an outpouring of people into the subsequent board meetings.

A resolution regarding mountain biking had appeared on the agenda for ...

TAPinto Spotlight on Adams Fine Clothing in New Providence

TAPinto "Spotlight on Business" features local businesses and their owners who are important to our communities. Follow this column to receive a fresh perspective on small business owners and their unique needs while shining a spotlight on their stories.

This edition features Adams Fine Clothing and Tuxedo in New Providence since 1958. 

Adams is a full service ...

Mayor's Round Table Discusses Budget, Fields, and Hometown Heroes

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Mayor's Round Table is a monthly show hosted by Dr. Donald DeFabio, who sits with Mayor Robert Woodruff to talk about current issues that affect the township as well as answer questions submitted by citizens. 

Included in this episode, Mayor Woodruff provides an update on Redevelopment and the Budget, Fields, Hometown Heroes (deadline Monday, April ...

Union County Gubernatorial Candidates Forum Held in Springfield: “To Build a Thriving New Jersey”

April 28, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The Union County Gubernatorial Candidates Forum held at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Springfield on April 25 focused on affordable housing.  The event was called “The Union County Candidates and Community Leader’s Forum to Build a Thriving New Jersey”.

All gubernatorial candidates were invited to speak or send a representative. The ...

Vote-By-Mail Ballots Available May 1

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Vote-By-Mail ballots will be available beginning on Monday, May 1, for the 2017 Primary Election, to be held on Tuesday, June 6, Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi announced April25.

“New Jersey will select its first new governor in eight years this November, and the June 6 Primary Election is a critical step in that process,” said Rajoppi. “Vote-By-Mail ...

Tapinto Hillsborough Editor Rod Hirsch Moderates Democratic Gubernatorial Forum April 26

FLEMINGTON, NJ - A special gubernatorial forum will be held Wednesday at Stangl Stage, which is located at 2 Stangl Road.

Featured will be candidates for governor running for the state Democratic Party nomination in the June 6 primary.

The moderator will be award-winning veteran journalist Rod Hirsch, a Pulitzer Prize nominee with more than 40 years experience. He is the owner and editor of ...

The GFP Diet

When we help people create meal plans to drop body fat, one of the first steps is reducing starchy carbs.

Starchy carbs are things like bread, pasta, rice, potatoes etc.

We do NOT totally eliminate them, but we don't want them to DOMINATE the diet.

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