Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts Presents Meet the Brass April 17

BERKELEY HEIGHTS—Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA) continues its 2015-2016 Meet the Orchestra series with an interactive concert for the entire family on Sunday, April 17 at 3:00 p.m. at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights. Meet the Brass is free and open to the public.

Members of the New Jersey Youth Symphony perform for Meet the Brass April 17 at 3:00 p.m. at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights.

Members of the New Jersey Youth Symphony perform for Meet the Brass April 17 at 3:00 p.m. at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights.

Meet the Orchestra, a fun, informative and interactive series where children and adults explore the instrument families of the orchestra, features members of the New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) and includes a musical petting zoo where audience members are given the chance to play each instrument.

Five members of the New Jersey Youth Symphony Brass Ensemble, led by NJYS artistic director and conductor Jeffrey Grogan, will demonstrate each instrument and perform Mouret’s Rondeau from Suite de Symphonies No. 1, popularly known as the theme from Masterpiece Theatre, Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer, and Die Bankelsangerlieder, an anonymous seventeenth century German work originally scored for for trumpet, cornet, and alto, tenor and bass trombones. NJYS students Matthew Sidler, trumpet, of Whitehouse Station; Christian Venturella, trumpet, of New Providence; Annie Nadkarni, horn, of Millburn; Ian Young, trombone, of North Brunswick; and Ethan Marmolejos, tuba, of Watchung will perform for Meet the Brass.

The New Jersey Youth Symphony, the orchestral and ensemble affiliate of Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, features fourteen ensembles, available by audition for students in grades 3 – 12. NJYS was recently featured on NJTV’s The State of the Arts and all of its ensembles appeared at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center for its 35th Anniversary gala concert. NJYS includes string, winds and brass, and jazz ensembles as well as three full orchestras. Its tiered family of ensembles range from beginner to advanced, with many students remaining a part of the organization for up to 10 years.

Applauded for performances “high in energy, with close attention to ebb and flow,” American conductor Jeffrey Grogan is hailed as a musical leader who “knows what kind of sound he wants from an orchestra…rich and vibrant.” His humanistic leadership style, coupled with a strong command of skills as a musical communicator, has earned him an impressive reputation with audiences and music programs throughout the country. Known for “shrewd programming, skillful rehearsing, and an energized performance,” he was chosen in 2009 to participate in the Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview sponsored by the League of American Orchestras.

Grogan joined NJYS in 2011. Considering his work with young musicians to be a cornerstone of his career, Grogan also serves as Artistic Director of the Greater Newark Youth Orchestras and the InterSchool Orchestras of New York.

Grogan is Artistic Director of two El Sistema-inspired music programs: the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts’ Paterson Music Project and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s CHAMPS. As Education and Community Engagement Conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra since 2006, Grogan leads the NJSO in a variety of concerts each season.

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.

The Paterson Music Project is Wharton’s El Sistema-inspired program held at the Community Charter School of Paterson and Paterson Public School 1/26. Students receive 6 hours of intensive music instruction each week with the goal of creating social change through the ambitious pursuit of musical excellence.

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.


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