SUMMIT, NJ - Central Presbyterian Church in Summit has launched the Central Arts Academy, a new music school open to the public. The Central Arts Academy, an outreach of the church, is "committed to music education and freedom of artistic expression."

The Academy offers private instruction in piano, voice, guitar, and songwriting. The Academy staff's mission is to  teach music -- on all levels to all ages -- in a warm and welcoming environment.  Open Monday through Friday, class hours run from 3 - 9 p.m.

“"My earliest performance experience came from singing and playing at church. Alongside private instruction, I was blessed at an early age for the opportunity to share these gifts for and with others on a weekly basis, said Adam Gilbert, Director of the new school.  Adam also serves as Central Presbyterian’s Coordinator of Youth and Contemporary Music.

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Gilbert added, "Singing and playing in church at an early age not only gave me a sense of joy but a feeling of togetherness. That's the idea, Central Arts Academy exists to combine the best of both worlds,"

In addition to annual Academy recitals in winter and spring, students are offered performance opportunities within the church’s rich musical traditions. Students are welcome to sign up for either a solo or to join in any of the choirs or ensembles performing at the services. Church membership is not required to participate.

The Central Arts Academy is located on the first floor of the Church at 70 Maple Street in Summit. For further information, visit centralartsacademy.org, or contact arts.academy@centralpres.org.