BERKELEY HEIGHTS—Violist Christine Sherlock will join the Performing Arts School faculty at Wharton Institute as a violin and viola instructor for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Originally from Florida, Sherlock earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and is now pursuing an Artist Diploma from Montclair State University as a student of Honggang Li, violist of the Shanghai Quartet. She has also studied with Caroline Coade at the University of Michigan, where she became an avid performer of new music.

Before moving to New Jersey in 2017, Sherlock was a viola section member of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Erie Chamber Orchestra, the Youngstown Symphony (Assistant Principal), the Warren Philharmonic, the Ohio Valley Symphony, Cleveland Opera Theatre, and Opera Circle. She has participated in many festivals and competitions, including the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition (2017), Mimir Chamber Music Festival, LAMP (Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance), and the Mendelssohn Festival in Hamburg, Germany. Sherlock was chosen to teach at the Interlochen School of the Arts as a member of the Fellowship Quartet in 2017.

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Says Sherlock, “Many of my students have gone on to pursue music in conservatories as well as participate in elite festivals. I enjoy helping students discover their love for music and reach their ultimate potential.”

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. 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.

Based in Paterson, New Jersey, the Paterson Music Project (PMP) is an El Sistema-inspired program of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts that uses music as a vehicle for social change by empowering and inspiring children through the community experience of ensemble learning and playing. PMP also offers a Saturday Community Music Program which includes a city-wide orchestra, intergenerational choir, and an Afro-Fusion percussion ensemble. PMP now serves almost 300 students in grades 1-8 from five Paterson Public Schools including the Community Charter School of Paterson, School 1, School 26, School 15, and Norman S. Weir Elementary School. For more information, visit

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.