NEW PROVIDENCE—The New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) will present a concert featuring the NJYS Philharmonia, Concertino Winds, Concertino Strings, and Primo Strings on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at Dolan Hall at the College of St. Elizabeth located at 2 Convent Road in Morristown. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors available online at

Led by conductor Bryan Rudderow, Concertino Winds will open the concert with selections by J.S. Bach, Sousa, and Fauré. Concertino Strings and Primo Strings, led by guest conductor Nate White, will follow with works arranged for string orchestra by Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Dvořák, and Vivaldi. The concert will finish with Philharmonia performing Brahms Hungarian Dances Nos. 4 and 5, Grainger Molly on the Shore, and Bizet L'Arlésienne Suite No. 2.

“At NJYS, we strive to provide musical experiences that embrace more than just excellence in music,” says Helen Cha-Pyo, Artistic Director and Conductor. “We believe music is a powerful agent that transforms individuals, communities, and the world, and through our partnerships with local social service organizations we aim to use music as a tool to connect with the communities we live and serve.”

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In celebration of the New Jersey Youth Symphony’s 40th Anniversary, the youth organization is partnering with social services in the communities where NJYS will perform throughout the season. For the December 9 concert at Dolan Hall, NJYS will partner with Morristown’s Homeless Solutions, Inc. and take in-kind donations including: low-sugar breakfast cereal, low-sugar oatmeal packets, coffee, toilet paper, and paper towels. For a full list of the NJYS 2018-2019 season concerts and social services partners, as well as ways to give back at each concert, go to

Bryan Rudderow, conductor of Concertino Winds, Clarinet Ensemble, and Director of the NJYS Summer Winds Camp, also serves as Adjunct Music Faculty at Kent Place School in Summit.  Rudderow has appeared on three continents as conductor, composer, and clarinetist, focusing his energy on music composed in his lifetime. He earned degrees from the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University and William Paterson University in Music Education, Performance, Conducting, and Composition/Theory. While at Montclair State University, Rudderow received one of three highly competitive graduate assistantships and was named Assistant Conductor of Instrumental Ensembles, a position created specifically for him. Shortly after completing his Master of Music degree, he was invited to attend the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Argentina to study operatic conducting and composition. As a conductor, Rudderow has collaborated with ensembles around the world, from the Orquesta Filarmónica in Buenos Aires to the Montclair State Symphony Orchestra and Bands. Additional appointments include the TRANSIT Ensemble (NYC), Portland (ME) Symphony Orchestra, Greater Princeton Youth Symphonies, and the Shippensburg (PA) Symphony Orchestra. As the conductor of Concertino Winds since its inception in 2009, the ensemble has grown steadily, performing works commissioned and arranged for the ensemble, hallmarks of the wind band repertoire, and several pieces Rudderow composed for the ensemble. As conductor of Clarinet Ensemble, Rudderow strives to give the most advanced student clarinetists in New Jersey the opportunity to perform challenging music written and arranged for the instrument.

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.

Mark Gunderman is internationally active as a violinist, educator, and conductor. He currently conducts the orchestra programs at both Franklin Middle School and Franklin High School in Somerset. He is in his tenth year as conductor of Philharmonia. Before becoming a conductor, Gunderman was the head violin instructor with Midori & Friends, an 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 and resides and teaches in New Providence. Gunderman graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Music degree and from the University of Wisconsin –Madison with a Master of Music degree.

Michelle Hatcher, violist and string specialist, is conductor of Primo Strings and Concertino Strings. She received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Manhattan School of Music. While freelancing and teaching in New York City, she found her true passion: sharing her love of music with children. This past year, Hatcher received the the Samuel Antek Award for Music Education from the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO). Throughout her career, Hatcher has been a builder of string programs. While receiving Suzuki Certification at the School for Strings in NYC, she started the string program at Rutgers Preparatory School. Having established a successful private studio in Montclair, Hatcher founded Fiddle Fun, an intensive music camp for Suzuki-trained musicians to learn how to fiddle in many styles. For over a decade, Hatcher has spearheaded string programs in Newark, South Orange, and Maplewood school districts. Hatcher is Artistic Director of the NJSO CHAMPs, an El Sistema-inspired program in Newark and Director of the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra’s Outreach Ensemble.

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 1,500 students through a range of classes and ensembles including the 15 ensembles of the New Jersey Youth Symphony, which serve 500 students in grades 3 – 12 by audition. Beginning with Out of the Box Music and Pathways classes for young children, 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 theater program.

Based in Paterson, New Jersey, the Paterson Music Project (PMP) is an El Sistema-inspired program of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts that uses music as a vehicle for social change by empowering and inspiring children through the community experience of ensemble learning and playing. PMP provides intensive, free musical training to students throughout Paterson after school. PMP launched its first site at the Community Charter School (CCSP) of Paterson in January 2013 with 32 second graders and has since added a new class of students each year. Since its inception, PMP has partnered with the Paterson Public Schools to open the Paterson Public School 1 and 26 site as well as the CCSP 21st Century Community Learning Center Program to start a winds and brass middle school program. Last year, PMP partnered with William Paterson University’s Music After School Program to create a central band site at the Norman S. Weir School to serve over 60 students. This year, Paterson Music Project will be partnering with the Rosa Parks Performing Arts High School in Paterson to host the PMP Saturday Program which includes large ensemble rehearsal, Community Choir, Afro-Fusion Percussion Ensemble, and private lessons. There are now over 250 students in the program across the city of Paterson grades 1-8.

Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts is located in Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Paterson, NJ and reaches students from 10 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.