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Deschere Takes Helm at Wharton Music Center

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Jan 02, 2014
Berkeley Heights, NJ

Karen Deschere has been appointed exective director of Judith G. Wharton Music Center, effective January 2, 2014. Deschere served for eight years as president and chief executive officer of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, a community music school based in Milwaukee, WI, with three branch locations, outreach programs, and a concert series presenting faculty and guest artists. Prior to Wisconsin Conservatory, Deschere served as executive director for both the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Chicago Symphony Chorus, adjuncts of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She has also served as the managing director of education for the Grammy Foundation. Deschere’s leadership at Wharton Music Center will continue her commitment to advancing arts programming and education. 

“I am honored and excited to be the next executive director of Wharton Music Center and to continue its legacy of outstanding community arts education,” says Deschere. “Combined with the New Jersey Youth Symphony, the organization is poised to further develop its strengths. I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, and board to accomplish that.”

About the Judith G. Wharton Music Center

Wharton Music Center (WMC) provides music, theater, and dance instruction, educational programs, and performances for children, teens, and adults. Its mission is to advance excellence and education in the performing arts. In addition to instruction in all instruments and voice, WMC offers classes in musical theater, dance, drama, choral music, music theory, audio recording, early childhood music, and music for children with special needs. Offering a range of musical genres including classical, rock, jazz, and blues, WMC is one of New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community music centers serving students in Union, Morris, Essex, Somerset, and other surrounding counties. WMC is a founding school of The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program.
New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS), the orchestral and ensemble division of Wharton Music Center, offers music education for grades 3 through 12. NJYS, one of the foremost youth orchestras in the state, has eleven orchestras and ensembles including Flute Forum, Percussion Ensemble, and New Jersey Youth Jazz Orchestra for which auditions are held annually. NJYS’s premiere orchestra, Youth Symphony, has performed in internationally-renowned concert halls such as Carnegie all in New York City and Musikverein in Vienna.
Pictured Above: Karen Deschere

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