Wharton Music Center students Yuji Sugimoto of New Providence and Carolyn Wong of Morristown along with Keika Mori of New Providence won the Grand Prize on May 22 at the National Young Artists Chamber Music Competition. The trio performed "Navarra" by Pablo de Sarasate. Both Yugi, age 14, and Carolyn, age 11, have been studying at Wharton Music Center for over seven years and are students of Elzbieta Winnicki.
On Sunday June 5, Yuji Sugimoto and Carolyn Wong also performed at the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York City. They played "Navarra" by Sarasate and "Passacaglia" by Handel and received an outstanding ovation.
Judith G. Wharton Music Center, located at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights, provides music, theater, and dance instruction, educational programs, and performances for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. In addition to instruction in all instruments, WMC offers classes in musical theater, dance, drama, choral music, vocal music, music theory, audio recording, early childhood music, and music for children with special needs. Offering a range of musical genres including classical, rock, jazz, and blues, WMC is New Jersey’s largest independent community non-profit music center serving students in Berkeley Heights, Summit, Chatham, New Providence, Long Hill, Warren, Basking Ridge, Short Hills, Millburn, Livingston, Westfield, Scotch Plains, and other surrounding communities. WMC is a non-profit charitable organization.