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Judith G. Wharton Music Center & New Jersey Youth Symphony To Combine

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Jun 06, 2012
Berkeley Heights, NJ

Guild member, the Judith G. Wharton Music Center (WMC)---one of the largest independent community music centers in the State of New Jersey---and New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS)---one of New Jersey’s foremost youth orchestras--will combine this July. Derek Mithaug, the executive director of WMC who will also direct the combined organization, stated “The combination of these two leaders in youth arts education will enable programs to reach further into underserved communities while keeping tuition competitive and operational expenses at a minimum.”

As a result of the combination, all assets of NJYS will be acquired by a newly-formed subsidiary of WMC. All six trustees of NJYS will join the current 13 trustees of WMC in an expanded board.

“The integration of resources and audiences between both organizations will be beneficial to the growing communities that we serve,” said Lenore Davis, President of the WMC Board of Trustees. “As we go forward, we hope this move will help strengthen the viability and visibility of both organizations throughout the state.”

Cindy McCollum, President of NJYS Board of Trustees, added that “All New Jersey Youth Symphony programs will continue as they have in the past. While both NJYS and WMC will realize the cost savings of one shared administrative staff, the mission to achieve music excellence at NJYS will remain unchanged, as will the location of rehearsals. It just makes sense to combine two prominent organizations committed to the arts and music education.”

About The Judith G. Wharton Music Center
WMC provides music instruction, educational programs, and performances to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to inspire them to achieve musical excellence and to use their inherent creativity to its greatest potential. WMC offers private and group lessons in music, dance, and theater and retains a faculty of over 60 instructors from among the top music schools and conservatories worldwide.

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