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New Jersey Youth Symphony Announces New Artistic Staff

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The New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) is pleased to announce the addition of String Coordinator Milan Milinkovic and Chamber Music Manager and Interim Conductor of Sinfonia Nate White to its roster of artistic staff. Milinkovic and White fill these new roles at NJYS for the start of the 2015-2016 season.

Serbian native Milan Milinkovic is an active solo, chamber and orchestral violinist in the New York metropolitan area. Mr. Milinkovic has performed with the Manhattan Virtuosi, Riverside Symphony, Garden State Philharmonic, among others. Last year, Mr. Milinkovic had the opportunity to perform with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra’s on its first American tour. A graduate of the University of Music Arts in Belgrade, Mr. Milinkovic has performed with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Opera Theater. As a member of St. George Strings, Mr. Milinkovic has performed throughout Europe. Mr. Milinkovic has been an adjunct faculty member of The College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown since 2008 as well as the Far Brook School in Short Hills.

Double bassist Nate White began his studies at the Manhattan School of Music and continued at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. Mr. White joined the NJYS family as a student in 1989. Over the years, he has served as a double bass coach, music theory instructor, chamber music manager, and conductor of both Sinfonia and NJYS’s Summer Orchestral Camp. Mr. White has appeared as a soloist with NJYS, the Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey, Doctor’s Society Orchestra of New York, and the Montclair State University Symphony. In 1999 he won the Grand Prize of the New Jersey American String Teachers Association State Solo Competition, and in 2008 he won the Montclair State University Concerto Competition. Mr. White can often be seen performing with the South Orange Symphony, Northentier Symphony, Central Jersey Symphony, Staten Island Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Peter’s by the Sea, Eastern Wind Symphony, and the Bravura Philharmonic. He currently serves as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Freelance Ensemble Artists of New Jersey, a group made up of professional performers and music educators who take the stage with advanced college and high school student musicians.

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The Wharton Music Center’s 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 center serving over 1,400 students through a range of classes and ensembles including the 14 ensembles of the New Jersey Youth Symphony which serves 500 students in grades 3 - 12. Beginning with Early Childhood music classes for infants and toddlers, WMC 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 Music Center is located in Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Paterson, NJ and reaches students from 13 counties. All of WMC’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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