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Wharton Music Center Announces Organization Name Change

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Wharton Music Center (WMC) announces today that it will be named the Performing Arts School of the Wharton Institute of the Performing Arts (WIPA) effective immediately. The name change is part of a re-branding inititative to better align the organization’s name with its mission as a community music school and a renowned youth orchestra program. The three primary program areas: New Jersey Youth Symphony, Paterson Music Project and the Performing Arts School (formerly Wharton Music Center) are now encompassed within the Wharton Institute moniker.

Karen Deschere, Executive Director, states, “It is our hope that the word Institute serves as inspiration for our students and faculty as to who we are and what we can be educationally, and that the inclusion of the words Performing Arts embraces our dance, theatre and music theatre programs as well as our extraordinary music instruction. We are delighted to retain the name Wharton, in honor of Judith G. Wharton, whose dedication to providing musical excellence in a joyful spirit continues to drive all that we do.”

Wharton Music Center’s name change is far reaching, and will be phased in across all aspects of the organization over the next few months. Wharton’s Trustees, staff, faculty members, students, parents, donors, and community members are optimistic about the change as it reflects the significant growth of WMC and the New Jersey Youth Symphony in recent years and also indicates a strategy for continued progress in the coming years as a leader in outstanding educational experiences for all.

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Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts introduces new logos for the New Jersey Youth Symphony, Paterson Music Project, and the Performing Arts School (formerly Wharton Music Center).

Says Deschere, "It is our goal that everything we do, from to teaching to performing and all of our daily interactions reflect our core values and our new mission statement: 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.”

Watch a short video that tells the continuing story of Wharton Institute of the Performing Arts. Special thanks to Wharton student Stella DeMizio for filming and editing the Introducing Wharton Institute of Performing Arts video.
To find out more about the Wharton Institute of the Performing Arts, visit www.whartonarts.org or call 908-790-0700 for more information.

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 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, 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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