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Wharton Institute For The Performing Arts Inc

Our 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.



The Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts is comprised of the New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS), Performing Arts School (PAS), and Paterson Music Project (PMP). With these three programs unified, the Institute is able to provide unmatched access to the very best of performing arts education.


The Institute’s 1,500 participants of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities are held to high standards and encouraged to achieve their personal goals, such as:


  • Experiencing world-class ensemble training with renowned conductors in the New Jersey Youth Symphony
  • Acquiring music, vocal, dance, and dramatic techniques at multiple skill levels at the Performing Arts School
  • Achieving musical excellence, life skills, and community pride with the Paterson Music Project


We aspire to be a beacon for creative expression and to foster students of all ages to be their best through the unifying power of the performing arts.