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Paterson Music Project Students Perform at New Jersey Devils Game February 20

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PATERSON—For the second year in a row, Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts’ Paterson Music Project (PMP) students will perform at the upcoming New Jersey Devils game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday, February 20 at 6:00 p.m. at the Prudential Center located at 25 Lafayette Street in Newark. The PMP orchestra, band, and Level 2 strings from School 1, School 15, School 26, Community Charter School of Paterson, and Norman S. Weir Elementary School will perform Happy by Pharrell Williams, among other selections. Tickets to the game are $35 and can be purchased by contacting PMP Education Director Shanna Lin at shanna.lin@whartonarts.org.

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 provides intensive, low-tuition musical training to students throughout Paterson after school. Students study a primary instrument (violin, cello, viola, bass, clarinet, flute, trumpet, or percussion) and participate in ensemble practice and instrumental sectionals. Students perform frequently for the school and community. 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 250 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.

PMP launched a string program at the Community Charter School of Paterson (CCSP) in January 2013 with 30 second graders and has since added a new class of students each year. Since its inception, PMP has partnered with the Paterson Public Schools to open the Paterson Public School 1 and 26 site as well as the CCSP 21st Century Community Learning Center Program to start a winds and brass middle school program. Most recently, PMP has partnered with William Paterson University’s Music After School Program and St. Paul’s Community Development Corporation to create a central band site at the Norman S. Weir Elementary School to serve 90 students. For more information, visit patersonmusicproject.org.

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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 serve 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.

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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