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Our reach goes beyond the classroom.
We provide award-winning performing arts education for students of all ages and backgrounds because we believe in the power of music and its impact on individuals and their communities.
Wharton Arts is comprised of 4 core programs, offering students of all ages and experience levels learning opportunities that range from instrumental and vocal instruction, large ensembles, musical theater, and more.
New Jersey Youth Symphony
Auditioned orchestral and jazz education for students grades 3-12
Paterson Music Project
Private music lessons, sectional classes & ensemble education for students grades 1-12 in Paterson schools
Performing Arts School
Instrumental & vocal instruction, musical theater, drama & other courses for ages 4 and up
New Jersey Youth Chorus
Auditioned choral ensemble program for students grades 3-12
The Performing Arts School offers in-person and online private music lessons in both instruments and voice for all ages and abilities.
In addition to significantly discounted introductory lessons, PAS offers free consultations to help you find the best match for your interests.
Our summer camps exemplify Wharton Arts’ commitment to performing arts excellence, individual growth, and life-changing experiential opportunities.
Enroll in nine weeks of theater arts, instrumental, and vocal summer programs.
Join us and discover camaraderie, learn new skills or refine old ones, and simply have fun! No experience necessary and free to join.
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Serving nearly 2,000 students
New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community performing arts education center
Founding School for The Royal Conservatory of Music Development Program
First Prize Winners in 2014 and 2017 in the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Festival and Competition (Vienna)
Performances in venues including the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Carnegie Hall, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Nearly 50 faculty members for one-on-one instruction and group classes
Students regularly win top prizes in local and national competitions, including MTNA, MEA-NJ, NAfME, Russian Music Festival, and Crescendo International Festival
Over 300 summer campers annually
For every year more a student is in the program, they receive higher standardized test scores
Since the inception of the Paterson Music Project in January 2013, the program enrollment has grown tenfold and partner schools have increased from 1 to 17
Now celebrating more than 30 years of musical excellence and exceptional performance experiences, NJYC is home to choristers from throughout northern and central New Jersey.
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Give the Gift of Performing Arts Education
Your tax-deductible donations will help us provide yearlong performing arts education to the nearly 2,000 students we serve each year. Over 25% of our youth musicians receive free programming, scholarships, and financial aid to ensure the joy and benefits of performing arts education are accessible and affordable to all.
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We’re taking steps to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus and reduce the potential risk of exposure to our students and workforce.