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Announcing the 2016 Nancy M. Wright Memorial Scholarship Vocal Competition.
CLICK HERE to view the Vocal Competition brochure.

To register for the 2016 Vocal Competition, go to the Registration tab. Search “Vocal Competition” and choose the appropriate division (Junior or Senior). Add to cart and follow the prompts to complete your registration. For more information of assistance, please call 908-790-0700.

Email your YouTube link to or CDs and DVDs may be mailed to ATTN: Christopher Wright, 60 Locust Avenue, Berkeley Heights 07922.

2016 Vocal Competition Registration Deadline: January 25, 2016

Rolling Admission for Fall 2015 Group Classes and Private Lessons!
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New Music Theory Classes and Music Theory Labs – Discount Available with Private Lessons
Theory Labs for Adult Students! CLICK HERE for more information.
Call Student Services at 908-790-0700 for registration assistance.

Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA) provides private music lessons and introductory group lessons, musical theatre, drama, and dance classes for children, teens, and adults, beginners through advanced, in Berkeley Heights, NJ. In addition to instruction in all instruments and voice, WIPA offers classes in 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, WIPA is New Jersey’s largest non-profit community music centers serving students in Union, Morris, Essex, Somerset, and other surrounding counties. WIPA is a founding school of The Royal Conservatory of Music Development Program.

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WIPA offers private lessons in voice, piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, flute, clarinet, oboe, trumpet, trombone, French horn, saxophone, percussion, and harp. Throughout the summer, WIPA offers full-day and half-day camps for children and teens.

The Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts’ mission is to provide the highest quality performing arts education to a wide range of students in a supportive and inclusive environment, where striving for personal excellence inspires and connects those we teach to the communities we serve.

Wharton is New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community performing arts center serving over 1,400 students through a range of classes and ensembles including the 14 ensembles of the New Jersey Youth Symphony ( which serve 500 students in grades 3 – 12. Beginning with Early Childhood music classes for infants and toddlers, WIPA offers private lessons, group classes and ensembles for all ages and all abilities. We believe in the positive and unifying influence of music and the performing arts and believe that arts education should be accessible to all people regardless of their ability to pay. We teach all instruments and voice and have a robust musical theatre program.

The Paterson Music Project is Wharton’s El Sistema-inspired program held at the Community Charter School of Paterson and Paterson Public School 1/26. Students receive 6 hours of intensive music instruction each week with the goal of creating social change through the ambitious pursuit of musical excellence.

Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts is located in Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Paterson, NJ and reaches students from 13 counties. All of WIPA’s extraordinary faculty members and conductors hold degrees in their teaching specialty and have been vetted and trained to enable our students to achieve their personal best.

Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, Through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.   Wharton Music Center is a qualified organization of the New Jersey Cultural Trust.   The Judith G. Wharton Music Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization.   Wharton Music Center and New Jersey Youth Symphony are committed to serving all interested arts students, regardless of talent, income, racial or ethnic identity, or age.

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