Wharton Music Center has inaugurated a major donor wall in memory of one of its founding trustees Jerry Ben-Asher. The wall is made possible by Nessa Silvia Ben-Asher who wishes to commemorate her husband’s dedication and commitment to music education and his long time devotion to Wharton Music Center.

The Jerry Ben-Asher Memorial Wall for Major Gifts is “Dedicated by Nessa Sylvia Ben-Asher in loving memory of her husband Jerry Ben-Asher who shared his passion for music as a musician, writer, and devoted board member of the Judith G. Wharton Music Center.” Among the major donors who have made substantial unrestricted contributions to Wharton Music Center in a single year are Nessa S. Ben-Asher, Lenore and Robert Davis, Lara and Henry Hadad, Hayward Industries, Johnson & Johnson, McCarter & English, LLP, and Judith and Lennard Wharton.

In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees of Wharton Music Center from its founding in 1985 until his death in 2008, Mr. Ben-Asher wrote “Music Notes,” a column for the New Jersey Jewish News offering reviews of orchestral and chamber music concerts. He also founded the Livingston Music Group and the Newark Community School for the Arts and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra for ten years.

Judith G. Wharton Music Center, located at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights, provides music, theater, and dance instruction, educational programs, and performances for children, teens, and adults. In addition to instruction in all instruments and voice, 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 one of New Jersey’s largest independent community music centers 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. For more information, visit www.WhartonMusicCenter.org.