BERKELEY HEIGHTS—Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts’ (WIPA) Performing Arts School presents a free Fall Faculty Concert on Sunday, October 21 at 3:00 p.m. at 60 Locust Ave. Performances by faculty members Timothy Maureen Cole, soprano; Christine Ciuffreda, piano; Craig Graham, guitar; Sean Hack, coronet; Robert Heinink, guitar with special guests Ken Levinsky, piano, Scott Hogan, bass, and Mark Morelli, drums; and Luba Vasilyeva, piano include works by Vassily Brandt, Muzio Clementi, and Stephen Sondheim. The concert is free and open to the public.
WIPA Musical Theatre Arts Director Timothy Maureen Cole holds a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College and a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Ithaca College, and has been teaching voice, musical theater, and piano since 2007.
Pianist Christine Ciuffreda has performed extensively throughout the New York metropolitan area as a soloist and accompanist. She received the First Prize Award of the Piano Teacher’s Society of America in 1997 and subsequently has been a consistent prize winner in numerous competitions. Most recently, Ciuffreda earned the silver medal in the American Protégé International Concerto Competition of 2013.
Guitarist Craig Graham has become one of the most versatile guitarists in the tri-state area. Comfortable performing many styles of music, including jazz, classical, bluegrass, Latin, blues, jam band, rock and pop music, Graham performs intimate solo gigs and with orchestras and bands in all types of venues.
Sean Hack graduated in 2016 with a double major in Music Composition and Trumpet Performance from Illinois State University. He joined NJYS’s annual Orchestral Camp after the summer of sixth grade. He traveled to Europe as a member of the youth orchestra’s 2012 tour of Vienna and Salzburg. Hackbegan teaching trumpet at Wharton’s Performing Arts School in the fall of 2016.
Rob Heinink began playing guitar at the age of 11 and played in local rock bands in Hackensack. Heinink attended Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied guitar with Bill Leavitt, Pat Metheny and John Damien. He has worked with The Drifters, Del Shannon, The Marvelettes, Chuck Berry, The Crystals, Leslie Gore, and Tiny Tim and appeared in productions of Tommy, Big River, Fiddler on the Roof and Grease.
Pianist Luba Vasilyeva, an active concert pianist and chamber musician, has appeared in solo performance at the District of Columbia Arts Center, Hinman Hall, Montclair Women’s Club, Watchung Arts Center, Montclair Congregational Church, Unitarian Church in Summit, Steinway Hall, and Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts’ Community Concert Series. She has taught piano at the Wharton Institute for over a decade.
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 Institute for the Performing Arts is located in Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Paterson, and reaches students from 10 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.