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Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts Small Ensembles Placement Audition Saturday, December 9

BERKELEY HEIGHTS—Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA) will hold placement auditions for its Small Ensembles program on Saturday, December 9 at 2:00 p.m. at the Performing Arts School, 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights. The Small Ensembles placement audition is free and open to the public. Students may register for a placement audition online at www.whartonarts.org/home or by calling Student Services at 908-790-0700.

Small Ensembles begin in January 2018 with classes held on Thursday evenings from 6:30–7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoons from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Small Ensembles meet for 15 weeks and the tuition for the course is $400. Students are paired with other students on a comparable level and coached by Performing Arts School faculty members. Open to all styles from classical to jazz, rock, folk, and funk, the course culminates with a performance on May 5, 2018.

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. 

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Greater Union County United Way Participates in Giving Tuesday Campaign

November 22, 2017

UNION COUNTY, NJ – On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, United Way of Greater Union County will participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that follows Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, encouraging generosity and philanthropy around the world.

United Way of Greater Union County, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, focuses on providing critical resources to children and ...

Summit Area YMCA Hosts 6th Annual Auction & Comedy Fundraiser, Raises Over $110,000

On November 3rd, 2017, nearly 400 friends and neighbors in the community gathered at the Hilton Short Hills for the 6th Annual Laugh Out Loud Charity Auction and Comedy Night (LOL) fundraiser. Attendees not only enjoyed a night of laughter and drinks, but more importantly supported programs at the Summit Area YMCA. From special needs programs to sponsoring fitness memberships for military ...

Basking Ridge Holiday House Tour & Boutique, Friday, Dec. 1, to Aid Adults with Autism

 

Get into the spirit of the holiday season this Friday, December 1st, by shopping and touring stunning Basking Ridge homes.  Check in between 9 am and 3 pm at Congregation B'Nai Israel, 40 Whitenack Road, Basking Ridge, to shop boutique vendors, pick up maps and wristbands, and proceed to visit four spectacular homes decked for the holidays between ...

Training for Volunteer Mentors to Help Youth with Special Needs

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Many People Deserve Thanks for Berkeley Heights Volleyball Program

November 21, 2017

To the Editor:

I had the privilege of attending the GL Volleyball banquet. At the banquet it struck me that there are so many people who deserve a big “Thank You” for having a hand in creating such a positive program for the girls.

First, the Board of Education deserves thanks for approving this experiment four years ago. The Athletic Director Ann Clifton and the Volleyball ...

Thank You for Supporting Honesty, Open Government and Respect for Taxpayers

To the editor:

Now that the 2017 election is over I would like to congratulate Susan Poage and Jeanne Kingsley in their win.    

I would also like to thank all of the people that helped out with the campaign and those that came out and voted for me or otherwise supported my candidacy. While we didn’t win, about one in five of the people who voted in Berkeley Heights ...

Rutgers Leaders to Join Governor-Elect Murphy’s Transition2018 Team

November 22, 2017

More than 20 leaders at Rutgers University, including Rutgers University–New Brunswick Chancellor Deba Dutta, will join Governor-elect Philip D. Murphy’s Transition2018 committees to undertake policy analysis and recommendations on a host of state issues and new initiatives as the new gubernatorial administration prepares to take office.

The committees, comprised of policy experts ...

The 2017 Houdaille Quarry Walk, Sunday in Springfield: Get on the Other Side of the Fence

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This is a rare chance to get to go on the other side of the fence and see the Quarry, which is an ecologically unique ...

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