Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA) will feature New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) alumnus Mitch Hamburger at its 2017 Benefit on Thursday, March 2 at the Park Avenue Club located at 184 Park Avenue in Florham Park. Members of his brass quintet, all students at Princeton University, will join Hamburger for the performance. To learn more about Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts or to purchase tickets to the 2017 Benefit, visit www.WhartonArts.org.

Originally from Mendham, Hamburger is in his third year at Princeton University pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science. A tuba player, he was a member of NJYS’s Youth Orchestra and Youth Symphony from 2009-2014. His brass quintet, made up of fellow members of the Princeton University Orchestra, include Henry Whitaker and Lucas Makinen on trumpet, Nivanthi Karunaratne on French horn, and Rajeev Erramilli on trombone. Hamburger also plays Djembe for Umqombothi, Princeton's African a capella group. The ensemble will perform selections from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story and will share the stage that evening with the New Jersey Youth Symphony String Quartet.

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.

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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.