Saturday, February 20, 2021

Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts Offers Free Audition Workshop Series: February 21-April 30 

The Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts announced today that it will offer a series of 

Audition Workshop Series

WHEN: February 21 through April 30
TUITION: free and open to the public.
To register to attend, visit WhartonArts.org.
For New Jersey Youth Symphony 2021-22 season auditions, visit NJYS.org.

Instrumentalists entering grades 3-12 from anywhere in the world are invited to take advantage of this series of virtual workshops to hone skills and prepare for orchestral auditions. 

  • Do You Know Your Scales & Arpeggios?
  • Tips for Making a Great Audition Video
  • New Jersey Youth Symphony Audition Preparation Excerpt Workshops

Said Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Helen H. Cha-Pyo, “This has not been an easy season for our young musicians as they had to pivot to online lessons and rehearsals. These instrument-specific audition workshops will provide extra support to help them hone their basic skills and prepare for upcoming auditions.”


Wharton Arts Workshops

Do You Know Your Scales & Arpeggios? Audition Workshops: Mondays 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. EST

February 21: Flute: Kathleen Neste
This workshop meets from 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. EST on Sunday, February 21.

February 22: Winds & Brass: Oboe, Meredyth Coleman; Clarinet, David Sapadin; Bassoon, Sasha Energren; Horn, Amy Larkey-Emelianoff; Trumpet, Valdemar Castillo; Trombone, Nicole Abissi; Tuba, Derek M. Fenstermacher

March 1: Strings: Violin, James Keene; Viola, Elizabeth Nowik; Cello, Tomoko Fujita; Bass, Ha Young Jung

March 15: Jazz Musicians: Saxophones, David Schumacher; Trumpet, Nathan Eklund; Trombone, David Gibson; Guitar, Charlie Sigler; Piano, Shamie Royston; Bass, Chris Berger

Tips For Making a Great Audition Video with Engineer Joe DeVico
Monday, April 5 | 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. EST

New Jersey Youth Symphony Audition Preparation
Excerpt Workshops: Fridays 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. EST

April 16: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone & Tuba: Flute, Bart Feller; Oboe, Andy Adelson; Clarinet, Andy Lamy; Bassoon, Mark Timmerman; Horn, Michelle Baker; Trumpet, Eric Berlin; Trombone, Vernon Post; Tuba, Derek M. Fenstermacher

April 23: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass & Percussion: Violin, Brennan Sweet; Viola, Garrett Fischbach; Cello, John Spitz; Bass, Ha Young Jung; Percussion, Joe Tompkins

April 30: Jazz Audition Workshop: Saxophone, Julius Tolentino and Drums, Matt Slocum

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 education center serving over 1,200 students through a range of classes and ensembles including the 15 ensembles of the New Jersey Youth Symphony, which serve 500 students in grades 3 – 12 by audition. Beginning with Out of the Box Music and Pathways classes for young children, Wharton offers private lessons, group classes, and ensembles for all ages and all abilities at the Performing Arts School. With the belief in the positive and unifying influence of music and the performing arts and that arts education should be accessible to all people regardless of their ability to pay, Wharton teaches all instruments and voice and has a robust musical theater program. Based in Paterson, New Jersey, the Paterson Music Project is an El Sistema-inspired program of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts that uses music as a vehicle for social change by empowering and inspiring children through the community experience of ensemble learning and playing.

Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts is located in Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Paterson, NJ and reaches students from 10 counties. All of Wharton’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.