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WHARTON INSTITUTE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, INC

aka New Jersey Youth Symphony, NJYS, Paterson Music Project, PMP, Wharton Music Center, Wharton Arts   |   Berkeley Hts, NJ   |  www.whartonarts.org

Mission

To offer accessible, high quality performing arts education that sparks personal growth and builds inclusive communities.

Ruling year info

1986

Executive Director

Peter H. Gistelinck

Artistic Director

Helen H. Cha-Pyo

Main address

60 Locust Ave

Berkeley Hts, NJ 07922 USA

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Formerly known as

Judith G. Wharton Music Center

EIN

22-2609457

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Arts education is the very soul of Wharton Arts. We believe in the positive and unifying influence of music and the performing arts. Arts education should be accessible to all people regardless of their ability to pay.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Paterson Music Project

The Paterson Music Project creates a supportive community centered on the joyful pursuit of musical excellence, empowering and equipping children to achieve their full potential. Inspired by the global El
Sistema movement, PMP uses music education as a vehicle for social change in its home city of Paterson.
OVERVIEW
The Paterson Music Project provides tuition-free musical training to 500 students in grades 1-12 throughout Paterson in school, after school, and on weekends. Students study a primary instrument and participate in ensemble practice, instrumental sectionals, and private lessons three times a week. Students perform frequently for the community. PMP provides accessible, affordable, and high-quality instrument training to students. The program focuses on musical excellence, life skills through group training, and community. PMP prioritizes introducing students to music at a young age and following students for multiple years as they grow and develop their skills and talents.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

The New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS), founded in 1979, is a tiered orchestral program offering ensemble education for students in grades 3-12 across New Jersey. NJYS has grown from one orchestra of 65 students to over 500 students in 15 different orchestras and ensembles, including the internationally recognized Youth Symphony. NJYS ensembles have performed in venues including the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Carnegie Hall, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. NJYS has received numerous prestigious awards for its adventurous programming from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and has had six European tours, including participation in the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Festival and Competition (Vienna), winning First Prizes in July 2014 and 2017.

Population(s) Served

Wharton Arts' Performing Arts School (PAS) is dedicated to engaging, educating and enriching the community through a broad spectrum of musical programming. PAS offers private and group music lessons in all instruments and voice, musical theater and drama classes, and summer camp programs for children, teens, and adults, regardless of their ability to pay. Serving nearly 700 individuals annually, PAS welcomes beginning students as well as those with advanced musical abilities. In addition to providing performing arts education, we are involved in our community in many ways.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults
Older adults
Artists and performers

New Jersey Youth Chorus (NJYC) is an 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.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Artists and performers
Children and youth
Artists and performers

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Work for Excellence:
1. Develop programs that will have a solid educational framework and provide students the opportunity to extend their education as they desire
2. Promote the idea that students, faculty, and staff feel valued
3. Improve facilities and equipment will to enable excellence to be achieved
4. Ensure all programs and staff are regularly evaluated

Financial Stewardship:
1. Achieve 5% surplus on annual budgets
2. Increase annual development goals
3. Strengthen Board of Trustees

Advocate for Performing Arts Education:
1. Provide resources for students and parents to understand the importance of performing arts education
2. Provide opportunities for students to mentor and volunteer
3. Communicate regularly with school, community, and elected officials about activities and their importance to the community
4. Work collaboratively with other organizations to further our mission

Strategies include:
- Increasing music theory offerings at our Performing Arts School to reach all students
- Hiring a marketing consultant to increase and strengthen our reach
-Introducing early childhood education programs
-Beginning chamber music programs
-Creating a New Jersey Youth Symphony advisory counsel of student liaisons
-Touring our premier Youth Symphony on an annual basis, either domestically or internationally
-Providing opportunities for Performing Arts School students to participate in the Achievement Program and/or the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program.
-Compensating all faculty members fairly and in accordance with education and experience
-Providing professional development opportunities for staff and faculty
-Increasing technical capacity of the theater will be enhanced with additional lighting and sound equipment
-Evaluating all programs regularly by students, parents, and faculty
-Observing all new teachers to ensure excellence and providing mentoring opportunities
-Providing resources for students and parents to understand the importance of performing arts education
-Providing opportunities for student musicians to mentor, volunteer, and perform within their communities
-Work collaboratively with other organizations to further our mission

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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WHARTON INSTITUTE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, INC

Board of directors
as of 01/20/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bob Hamburger

Grace Park

Jacqueline Phillips

Charissa Wong Horton

Helen Ahn

Libby Corydon-Apicella

Levy Kelman

Lenore Davis

John Levine

Julia Sen

Ingrid Dillon

Joe Serzan

Courtney Pantirer

Phil Evans

Michele Johnson

Dan Kornick

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/20/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data