PATERSON—Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts’ Paterson Music Project (PMP) students will perform a Winter Concert on Saturday, January 27 at 1:00 p.m. at the School 26 Auditorium located at 1 East 32nd Street in Paterson. The concert is free and open to the public.
Students from the Community Charter School of Paterson, School 1, School 26, School 15, Norman S. Weir Elementary School and the Community Choir will perform Declarations by Jeffrey Bishop, Colors of the Wind by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, Legend of the Dark Mountain by Soon Hee Newbold, City Life by Brian West, Sail by AWOLNATION and arranged by Angelina Hamada as well as selections from the Community Choir. In addition to the Community Choir, ensembles featured will be the PMP Orchestra, Intermediate Band, and Beginner Band.
The PMP Orchestra is made possible by the Community Charter School of Paterson through their 21st Century Learning Grant, Impact 100, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Paterson Public Schools. The PMP Orchestra is comprised of students grades 4-7 from School 1, 26, and the Community Charter School of Paterson. PMP Orchestra students meets during the week at their respective schools and join together on Saturdays to rehearse as an ensemble.
The PMP Band Program is made possible by a partnership between the Community Charter School of Paterson, St. Paul's Community Development Corporation, and William Paterson University. The PMP Band is comprised of students in grades 3-8 from Norman S. Weir Elementary School, School 15, and the Community Charter School of Paterson.
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 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 patersonmusicproject.org.
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.