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Paterson Music Project
Paterson Music Project Blog: Voices of the Silk City by Danielle Lefebvre | June 2019
On May 19, 32 Paterson Music Project students joined 120 New Jersey Youth Symphony students on stage at NJPAC for the NJYS 40th anniversary celebration. Twelve-year-old PMP violinist, Akeira, from Alexander Hamilton Elementary School recalls performing at NJPAC:
“I have been to NJPAC twice; both times I went were very, very fascinating experiences! I found it different to play in such a big orchestra at NJPAC; I am usually used to playing in a small orchestra with twenty people or less.”
When asked about playing with older, more experienced students, Akeira said, “It encourages me to work harder and be almost just like them.”
The PMP students performed Palladio by Karl Jenkins, Dance of the Tumblers by Rimsky Korsakov, and a world premiere of three Langston Hughes poems for choir and orchestra by Jack Bender. Akeira said, “My favorite piece out of the three was Palladio. It is my favorite piece because of the dynamic changes and how it is composed. It is more intense and more unusual than the music I usually play.”
Akeira concluded her reflection on the day by saying, “My first time going to NJPAC, I was extremely nervous because it was only my first year in music. My second time going, I was not nervous because over the past year I have advanced. I was way more confident than I was before. I have really enjoyed both my experiences at NJPAC. I hope I can go again next year!”
The Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA) Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Peter H. Gistelinck as its new Executive Director, effective July 1, 2019. Gistelinck was unanimously approved by the WIPA Board of Directors following a six-month nationwide candidate search.
“WIPA is fortunate to be welcoming such a seasoned and accomplished arts executive in Peter Gistelinck to lead us in carrying forward our commitment to musical excellence for students in our communities. Peter’s passion for music education combined with his strong track record in guiding organizations will serve to take our already excellent programs to even higher levels of positive impact for all,” said Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts Board President Bob Hamburger.
Gistelinck joins WIPA from Kalamazoo where he was President and CEO of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra from 2014 through 2019. Prior to that, from 2006 through 2014, he was Executive Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Before immigrating to the United States in 2006, Gistelinck was Director of Sales and Marketing and Co-Artistic Director for the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra in Belgium and General Manager of Business Affairs at one of France’s leading Baroque orchestras, Le Concert Spirituel in Paris.
Says Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts Artistic Director Helen Cha-Pyo, “It is rare to have an opportunity to work with such a well-rounded arts executive leader as Peter. I am excited to join my efforts with him in furthering our mission to create life-changing experiences for young people through performing arts education.”
“I am absolutely honored to have been chosen as the next leader of the renowned Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts,” said Gistelinck. “This institution, because of its commitment to diversity in the arts, outstanding leadership, and nationally-praised educational programs with sweeping community impact, is poised to become even more prominent in the field of performing arts education. I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to be part of this endeavor.” Read more…
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