Wharton Arts is comprised of 4 core programs offering students of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds a performing arts education, with learning opportunities ranging from private instruction, group classes, and large ensembles.
Our programs provide students an outlet for creative expression and personal growth, within an inclusive and supportive community.
We offer free, subsidized, and fee-for-service programs based on student eligibility because we believe that a high-quality performing arts education should be available to everyone.
New Jersey Youth Symphony
Auditioned orchestral & jazz ensemble education for students grades 3-12
New Jersey Youth Symphony students are immersed in rigorous repertoire, learn the art of ensemble playing, and explore their potential in a supportive environment.
NJYS programming includes string orchestras, full symphony orchestras, jazz orchestra, big band, wind, and percussion ensembles.
Paterson Music Project
Private music lessons, sectional classes & ensemble education for students grades 1-12 in Paterson schools
Paterson Music Project students study a primary instrument and participate in ensemble practice, instrumental sectionals, and private lessons. PMP was founded with the goal of creating equity in music education for children in Paterson.
Instruments and classes offered vary based on the program site.
Performing Arts School
Instrumental and vocal instruction, musical theater, drama, and other performing arts courses for all ages and abilities
The Performing Arts School is a leading educational center that offers private lessons and group classes for children, teens, and adults of all skill levels. Students perform multiple times each year and there are programs for extended learning through classes and ensembles. PAS also holds master classes and workshops throughout the year to keep students engaged and challenged.
What sets PAS apart is its breadth of classes and the variety of performance opportunities offered. From aspiring young actors starting with the basics, to seasoned musicians looking to hone performance skills, there is a class for everyone.
New Jersey Youth Chorus
Auditioned choral ensemble program for students grades 3-12
The New Jersey Youth Chorus provides music education that encourages a love and appreciation of choral music while nurturing personal growth and creative development.
Want to try a lesson before committing? New students or current students wanting to learn a secondary instrument can sign up for four significantly discounted intro lessons.