PATERSON, NJ—Paterson Music Project today announced it will host a free, one-hour Building Harmony giving breakfast, November 21 at 9:30 a.m. at Rogers Locomotive Building, 32 Spruce Street in Paterson. All proceeds go to the Paterson Music Project, a community program of Wharton Music Center.

The event will feature the premier of the new PMP video by filmmaker Genevieve Castelino-Merchant of Chakra Media Group, and is an opportunity to showcase the talented students of Paterson while telling PMP’s story.

 RSVP required. Contact PMP Program Director Elizabeth Moulthrop at Elizabeth.moulthrop@wmcmusic.org for more information.

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Based in Paterson, New Jersey, the Paterson Music Project (PMP) is an El Sistema-inspired program of Wharton Music Center 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 an intense musical immersion for 70 third and fourth-grade students enrolled at the Community Charter School of Paterson. Students study a primary instrument (violin, cello or viola) and participate in six hours of group music instruction, ensemble practice and private lessons weekly. Students also study music theory, music history, aural training and singing in musicianship classes. Students perform frequently for the school and community. The Paterson Music Project began in January 2013 and is run by the Wharton Music Center/New Jersey Youth Symphony. www.patersonmusicproject.org.

Wharton Music Center, where creativity and expression converge with exploration, provides a diverse range of classes and programs as New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community performing arts center. Serving nearly 1,200 students with high quality instruction in all instruments and voice, musical theatre, drama, and dance, Wharton and its esteemed faculty of talented professionals offer instruction for beginners of all ages, as well as an in-depth, sequential course of study through its Achievement Program, and orchestral and ensemble training with the New Jersey Youth Symphony, its orchestral and ensemble affiliate. New Jersey Youth Symphony features fourteen ensembles, available by audition for students in grades 3 – 12. Its premiere ensemble, Youth Symphony, was awarded first place in the prestigious 2014 Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival and has appeared in such internationally renowned concert halls as Carnegie Hall in New York City and Musikverein in Vienna.

Innovative programming and over 500 classes taught weekly, from Early Childhood Music, music theory, and audio recording to Introduction to Instruments, ensures that there is something for all ages and interests.

Part of our mission as a community school for the performing arts is to engage, educate, and enrich our community with a broad spectrum of accessible programming. Dedicated to serving the community, WMC provides instruction at local public, private and charter schools in after-school settings and during the school day. From an assembly program to a full-year residency, our outstanding faculty collaborates with school principals and staff to offer customized curriculum to meet the needs for music, drama, and musical theatre instruction for each school or organization. One of the highlights of our community programs is the Paterson Music Project, an El Sistema-inspired program that provides intensive music instruction to elementary school students attending the Community Charter School of Paterson.

Wharton Music Center builds personal connections in the community through an array of faculty and student performances, many of which are free and allow community members to become more involved with WMC. These often interactive Community Concerts include classical, jazz and family programs and are held at a variety of venues throughout the region. New Jersey Youth Symphony ensembles, both large and small, perform throughout the community.

Located in Berkeley Heights and New Providence, New Jersey, Wharton Music Center and New Jersey Youth Symphony serve students from thirteen counties.

For additional information about our community programs and class offerings visit our website www.WhartonMusicCenter.org or call 908-790-0700.