BERKELEY HEIGHTS—Wharton Music Center (WMC) will host an Open House to kick off its 2015-2016 season on Saturday, September 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The free event is open to the public and will be held at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights.

WMC’s esteemed faculty will provide demos of music, dance and musical theatre group classes and private lessons that showcase the highest quality of performing arts education and professionalism that has garnered accolades for the Center, now in its thirty-first year and the state’s largest non-profit community performing arts school. Staff and faculty will lead guided tours which will include behind-the-scenes areas such as classrooms, teaching studios, and audio recording and music theory lab, in addition to WMC’s black box theater. Scheduled classes and events at the Open House include the following:

  • Instrumental and Vocal Private Lesson Observations, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Studios 1-19
  • Music Theory Q&A, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Studio 3
  • Advanced Musical Theatre Dance Ages 12+, 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Dance Studio 13
  • Jazz Leaps & Turns Ages 10+, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Dance Studio 13
  • Early Childhood Music Ages 3.5-4.5, 9:30-10:30 a.m. – Studio 22
  • Early Childhood Music Ages 4.5-5.5, 10:30-11;30 a.m. – Studio 22
  • Early Childhood Music Ages 5.5-6.5, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Studio 22
  • Pathways to Musical Theatre Ages 5-7, 10:00-10:30 a.m. – Black Box Theater
  • Pathways to Music Demo: Piano & Ukulele Ages 4-7, 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Black Box Theater
  • Story Time Theatre Ages 5-7, 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Black Box Theater
  • Jazz Session and Open Jam with the Dave Schumacher Quartet, 2:00 p.m. – Black Box Theater


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.

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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.