BERKELEY HEIGHTS—Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA) will host a Winter Open House on Saturday, January 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The free event is open to the public and will be held at the Performing Arts School located at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights.


Come witness the world-class instruction with experienced, passionate teachers that has garnered accolades for the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, including a recent Citation of Excellence from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, at a Winter Open House. The Institute, which comprises the Performing Arts School, New Jersey Youth Symphony, and Paterson Music Project, is the state’s largest non-profit community performing arts school. Staff and faculty, including Early Childhood Music Coordinator and recipient of the 2016 Musikgarten Exemplary Program Award Joyce Alexander, Musical Theater Arts Director Timothy Maureen Cole, Director of Education Andrew Nitkin, and Education Coordinator Kristine Peters will answer questions and lead guided tours including behind-the-scenes areas such as classrooms, teaching studios, and the audio recording studio and music theory lab. The Winter Open House is an opportunity to learn more about Wharton’s Musical Theater Arts and Early Childhood Music programs, both of which have spring classes beginning in early February. Following the Winter Open House, the public is invited to an exciting performance of Aladdin by WIPA’s Explorations in Musical Theater class at 3:00 p.m. in the Wharton black box theater.

The Performing Arts School plans to unveil its new private lesson introductory package at the Winter Open House, which includes four half-hour private lessons with its distinguished faculty on all instruments and voice, for new and current students. Prospective students can explore a new instrument and get a taste of the focused, individual attention of one-on-one instruction at Wharton, while current students can take advantage of the lesson package to embark on playing a second instrument. Students may register online for the introductory lesson package, as well as private lessons and group classes, by going to For more information, call the Student Services office at 908-790-0700.

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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 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.