BERKELEY HEIGHTS—Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA) congratulates its 63 graduating seniors from the class of 2017. 51 seniors from the New Jersey Youth Symphony were recognized at a Spring concert on April 30 and 11 seniors from the Performing Arts School performed for Senior Day on May 7.

Performing Arts School graduating seniors include soprano Felicity Anderson-Moore of Chatham; pianist Camellia Bisignano of Chester, who will attend Ithaca College; violinist Kimberly Cava of Chatham, who will attend Fashion Design School; violinist Felicia Guo of Chatham, who will attend Cornell University; flutist Emily Harper of Chatham, who will attend the University of Chicago; cellist Zoe Heard of Chatham, who will attend Mount Holyoke College; flutist Marguerite Kay of Chatham, who will attend Boston University; guitarist Edison Moy of Chatham, who will attend the University of California at Berkeley; flutist Emily Peterson of New Providence, who will attend Brigham Young University; soprano Sarah Peterson of New Providence, who will attend Rochester Institute of Technology; and saxophonist Jordan Sweeney of Summit, who will attend the University of Colorado at Boulder. 

New Jersey Youth Symphony graduating seniors include Nathalie Beauchamps of Randolph, who will attend Yale University; Ian Bertram of Bernards Township, who will attend the University of Michigan; Tatyanna Carman of Somerset, who will attend Rider University; Graham Cohen of South Orange, who will attend The Juilliard School; Shefali Das of Randolph, who will attend the University of California at Berkeley; Darilyn Fine of Verona, who will attend the Cleveland Institute of Music; Katherine Fortunato of Chester, who will attend the University of Miami; Jill Friedland of Livingston, who will attend Muhlenberg College; Richard Gilman of Tewksbury, who will attend Connecticut College; Felicia Guo of Chatham, who will attend Cornell University; Sophie Huang of Boonton, who will attend Dartmouth College; Eric Jacobson of Berkeley Heights, who will attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Judelynn Jeannote of Elizabeth; Ryan Jin of Martinsville, who will attend The College of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School BS/MD Program; Christina Jones of Maplewood, who will attend Bard College; Vikram Kalghatgi of Basking Ridge; Sasha Kandybin of New Providence; Trisha Kaundinya of Bridgewater, who will attend Northwestern University; Marguerite Kay of Chatham, who will attend Boston University; Christopher Kelser of Summit; Anthony LoPrete of Flanders; Joyce Lu of Hillsborough, who will attend Harvard University; Omar Marcial of Somerset, who will attend Rutgers University; Ethan Melamed of Edison; Matthew Melillo of Scotch Plains; Max Meyer of Chester, who will attend New York University; Mauricio Molina of Somerset, who will attend Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University; Annalise Nassani of Summit, who will attend George Washington University; Emily Peterson of New Providence, who will attend Brigham Young University; Sarah Peterson of New Providence, who will attend the Rochester Institute of Technology; Aneree Rathod of East Brunswick; Gaddiel Renteria of North Bergen, who will attend William Paterson University; Sandra Reyes of Elizabeth; Isabelle Rivera of Green Brook, who will attend Stevens Institute of Technology; Timothy Schneider of Kinnelon, who will attend New York University; Stefanie Schoenfeld of Basking Ridge, who will attend Berklee College of Music; Olivia Scott of Wall Township, who will attend Lafayette College; Maia Sheinfeld of South Orange; Anya Swinchoski of West Belmar, who will attend Bard College; Lillian Usadi of Basking Ridge, who will attend the United States Naval Academy; Katie Van Varick of Newton, who will attend Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University; Christian Venturella of New Providence, who will attend Princeton University; Emily Wang of Scotch Plains, who will attend Northwestern University; Alyssa Wells-Lewis of Princeton, who will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Madeline Wong of Basking Ridge, who will attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Yasmin Yaman of Morristown, who will attend Northeastern University; Ian Young of North Brunswick, who will attend Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University; Marshall Yuan of Bridgewater; Arnina Zeng of New Providence, who will attend the University of Miami; and Joyce Zhou of Green Brook who will attend Duke University.

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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.