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New Jersey Youth Symphony Celebrates 35 Years

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Nov 05, 2014
Berkeley Heights, NJ

The New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a concert featuring 450 students, 13 ensembles, and 9 conductors. NJYS has one of the longest histories of any youth orchestra in New Jersey, having been originally established in Summit in 1979. This spectacular celebration will take place on Sunday, November 23, at 3PM.

Jeffrey Grogan, NJYS artistic director and conductor, states, “Music can change lives, young or old, regardless of nationality, race, creed, or circumstances; it is the only truly global language. The symphony orchestra, and most notably the youth orchestra, is best empowered to carry this social responsibility and preserve the common ground that music creates in the human understanding for the next generation. As a celebration of 35 years of touching hearts in New Jersey, we are extremely proud to bring the New Jersey Youth Symphony to NJPAC—the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey.”

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About Wharton Music Center/New Jersey Youth Symphony
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: New Jersey Youth Symphony performs in Vienna

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