BERKELEY HEIGHTS—Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA) will host a Fall Open House on Friday, September 6 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. The free event is open to the public and will be held at the Performing Arts School (PAS) located at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights.

As New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community performing arts education center, Wharton’s Performing Arts School offers individual instruction for all ages and abilities on all instruments and voice; Out of the Box Music for ages 3-5; Pathways to Music for ages 4.5 to 7; a continuum of Musical Theater Arts and Drama classes starting at age 3; and an Adult Division. The open house will feature tours of the music school’s 22 teaching studios, state-of-the-art recording studio, and 100-seat black box theater, as well as demo classes centered around program offerings. Light refreshments will be served. A $25 discount will be offered on all enrollments taken at the Open House. For more information visit

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.

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Wharton is New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community performing arts education center serving over 1,500 students through a range of classes and ensembles including the 15 ensembles of the New Jersey Youth Symphony, which serve 500 students in grades 3 – 12 by audition. Beginning with Out of the Box Music and Pathways classes for young children, Wharton offers private lessons, group classes, and ensembles for all ages and all abilities at the Performing Arts School. With the belief in the positive and unifying influence of music and the performing arts and that arts education should be accessible to all people regardless of their ability to pay, Wharton teaches all instruments and voice and has a robust musical theater program. Based in Paterson, New Jersey, the Paterson Music Project 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.

Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts is located in Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Paterson, NJ and reaches students from 10 counties. All of Wharton’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.