Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts’ Paterson Music Project (PMP) students from the Community Charter School of Paterson (CCSP) will perform a Winter Concert on Saturday, February 11 at 1:00 p.m. at the School 26 Auditorium located at 1 East 32nd Street in Paterson. Students in grades 2-8 from the CCSP Choir, String Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, and Band will perform an arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 by Merle Isaac, Mystical Towers by Jeremy Woolstenhulme, the Mexican folk song A la Nanita Nana, Old Man Winter by Lois Brownsey and Marti Lunn Lantz, as well as a selection of folk tunes including Are You Sleeping, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, and Can-Can. The program is funded in part by 21st Century Learning whose mission is to serve as a catalyst for 21st century learning to build collaborative partnerships among education, business, community and government leaders so that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in a world where change is constant and learning never stops.

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, low-tuition musical training to students throughout Paterson after school. Students study a primary instrument (violin, cello, viola, bass, clarinet, flute, or trumpet) and participate in ensemble practice and instrumental sectionals. Students also study music theory, music history, aural training, and singing. Students perform frequently for the school and community.

PMP launched its first site at the Community Charter School of Paterson in January 2013 with 32 second graders and has since added a new class of students each year. In January 2015, PMP partnered with the Paterson Public Schools to open a second site serving students from Paterson Public School 1 and 26. Most recently, through the support of a 21st Century Learning Grant, PMP began a Woodwinds and Brass Program in January 2016 at the Community Charter School of Paterson Middle School. There are now over 200 students in the program across the city grades 1-8. For more information, visit whartonarts.org.

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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 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.

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.