New Jersey Youth Symphony presents Spring concerts May 21

NEW PROVIDENCE—The New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) presents Spring concerts on Saturday, May 21 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church located at 716 Watchung Avenue in Plainfield. Flute Choir, Flute Forum, Preparatory Strings, Junior Strings and Sinfonia perform at 3:00 p.m. and Junior Wind Ensemble, Fortissimo Flutes, Clarinet Ensemble and Philharmonia perform at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors available at


Flute Choir and Flute Forum led by conductor Diana Charos Reilly, Preparatory Strings and Junior Strings led by conductor Michelle Hatcher and Sinfonia led by conductor Nate White will perform repertoire including Four Japanese Folk Songs arranged by Robert L. Cathey, Mahler’sTheme from Symphony No. 1 arranged by Brad Pfeil and Grieg’s Suite No. 40 “From Holberg’s Time.” Fortissimo Flutes led by conductor Diana Charos Reilly, Junior Wind Ensemble and Clarinet Ensemble led by conductor Bryan Rudderow and Philharmonia led by conductor Mark Gunderman perform repertoire including J.S. Bach’s Three Chorales for Wind Ensemble, Kuhlau’s Grand Quartet in E minor, Op. 103arranged by Albert J. Andraud and Bizet’s Carmen Suite No. 1 and No.2.


Mark Gunderman is internationally active as a violinist, educator and conductor. He currently conducts the orchestra at both Franklin Middle School and Franklin High School in Somerset, NJ. He is in his tenth year as conductor of NJYS’s Philharmonia. Before becoming a conductor, Gunderman was the head violin instructor with Midori & Friends, an organization dedicated to providing music and instrumental instruction to New York City’s public schools. He also lived for a time in Lisbon, Portugal where he was a violinist in the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa and a professor at the Nacional Academia Superior. An active freelance musician in all styles of music, Gunderman performs in solo, chamber and orchestra concerts and resides and teaches in New Providence. Gunderman graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Music degree and from the University of Wisconsin –Madison with a Master of Music degree.


Michelle Hatcher, violist and string specialist, received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Manhattan School of Music. While freelancing and teaching in New York City, she found her true passion—sharing her love of music with children. Throughout her career, Hatcher has been a builder of string programs. While receiving her Suzuki Certification at the School for Strings in New York, she started the string program at Rutgers Preparatory School. At that time she was also helping to build the newly-created Suzuki Program at Montclair State University. Having established a successful private studio in Montclair, Hatcher founded Fiddle Fun, an intensive music camp for Suzuki-trained musicians to learn fiddling in many styles. While working as a coach through the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Newark Early Strings Program, she welcomed the opportunity to teach at the Rafael Hernandez School of the Performing Arts in Newark. While there she explored her love of Latin music, African drumming, fiddling, and band. Her fifth grade Mariachi Ensemble was chosen to participate in the Kids in Concert Performance in 2010 and were invited to participate in CUNY’s Hip Hop Blues Project led by jazz cellist and composer Akua Dixon. Hatcher’s students also had the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall for the School for Strings Fundraising Concert in 2011.


Diana Charos Reilly, conductor of the NJYS Flute Choir, Flute Forum, and Fortissimo Flutes, is a proud alumna of NJYS. Charos Reilly joined NJYS’s teaching staff in 1993 as ensemble director for the Orchestral Winds Training Program and founded both the Flute Choir and Flute Forum in 1998; Fortissimo Flutes debuted in 2014. Ms. Charos Reilly serves as the Program Director for NJYS where she oversees Chamber Music, Music Theory, Concerto Competition and Summer Camps. Charos Reilly served as the private flute instructor, master class coach, and director of summer programs at Kent Place School in Summit for almost a decade and in 1994, she was appointed flute instructor at the Skidmore Summer Flute Institute at Skidmore College in New York. Charos Reilly serves as a Flute Instructor at Farleigh Dickenson University at Florham and Westminster Choir College. A graduate of the Julliard pre-college division, Charos Reilly was a student of Brad Garner. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Hartt School of Music where she studied under John Wion from the New York City Opera. She continued her graduate studies at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Additionally, Diana furthered her training at Ithaca College and Oberlin College. Charos Reilly has appeared on numerous recordings includingJack the Ripper, Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel, which premiered in 1999 at the Paper Mill Playhouse with the musical theater company “The Enchanted Players.”


Bryan Rudderow is the conductor of NJYS’s Junior Wind Ensemble and Clarinet Ensemble and has performed on three continents as a conductor, composer and clarinetist; focusing his energy on music composed in his lifetime. He has earned degrees from Montclair State University, John J. Cali School of Music and William Paterson University in Music Education, Performance, Conducting, and Composition/Theory. While at Montclair State University, Rudderow received one of three highly competitive graduate assistantships and was named Assistant Conductor of Instrumental Ensembles, a position created specifically for him. Shortly after completing his Master of Music degree, Rudderow was invited to attend the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires to study Operatic Conducting and Composition. As a conductor, he has worked with ensembles around the world, from the Orquesta Filarmónica in Buenos Aires to the Montclair State Symphony Orchestra and Bands. Additional appointments include the TRANSIT Ensemble (NYC), Portland (ME) Symphony Orchestra, Greater Princeton Youth Symphonies, and the Shippensburg (PA) Symphony Orchestra. Rudderow studied with Paul Hostetter, Thomas McCauley, Bruno D’Astoli and Enrique Arturo Diemecke. Rudderow is Executive Director and Co-Founder of On The Cusp New Music, a commissioning ensemble committed to underperformed New Jersey composers and maintains a private studio of highly talented clarinet and saxophone students.


Nate White was recently appointed conductor of Sinfonia in December 2015 and is an active freelance double bassist and instructor. After beginning his studies at Manhattan School of Music, he continued his studies at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. He studied double bass with Linda McKnight and conducting with Paul Hostetter. White joined the NJYS family as a student in 1989 and over the years has served as a bass coach, music theory instructor, chamber music manager, and conductor of the NJYS Summer Camp Orchestra. A gifted soloist, White has performed with several orchestras including the New Jersey Youth Symphony, the Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey, the Doctor’s Society Orchestra of New York, and the Montclair State University Symphony. In 1999, he won the Grand Prize of the New Jersey American String Teachers Association State Solo Competition and in 2008 he won the Montclair State University Concerto Competition. White can often be seen performing with the South Orange Symphony, the Northentier Symphony, The Central Jersey Symphony, The Staten Island Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Peter’s by the Sea, Eastern Wind Symphony, and the Bravura Philharmonic. In 2008, White founded the Freelance Ensemble Artists of New Jersey with the purpose of extending more professional performance experience to young student musicians. He now serves as Artistic Director and Conductor of the FEA Orchestra, a group made up of professional performers and music educators who take the stage with advanced college and high school student musicians.


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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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