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Wharton Music Center Receives $5,000 Gift from Two High School Students

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Aug 20, 2014

Wharton Music Center/New Jersey Youth Symphony (Berkeley Heights, NJ) announced earlier this month a $5,000 donation from two high school students, siblings Alex and Emily Wang, toward their Paterson Music Project, an El Sistema-inspired community program. 

Alex and Emily Wang served as volunteer mentors during the Paterson Music Program’s 2014 summer session. Touched by the enthusiasm and dedication of the young students and the positive impact the program was making in the lives of children in Paterson, Alex,17, and Emily, 15, decided to donate their summer employment earnings to the program. Alex and Emily’s parents, Frank and Pingping Wang, gladly agreed to match Alex and Emily’s gift to the Paterson program dollar for dollar.
Both violinists and members of the New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS), Alex and Emily have participated in NJYS for nearly a decade and are members of Youth Symphony, the premier ensemble of NJYS which was recently awarded first place in the 2014 Summa Cum Laude International Music Festival in Vienna. Alex has served as concert master of Youth Symphony since 2012. 
“We are simply giving back some of what NJYS has given to us all of these years,” says high school senior Alex Wang. “The support we have received from our families, teachers and the New Jersey Youth Symphony is what makes us who we are today. I think that is what the Paterson kids need. Every effort counts!”

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.

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