NJ’s Wharton Institute launches lifelong-learning division

Posted on: October 12, 2021

New Jersey’s Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts—the umbrella organization that includes the New Jersey Youth Orchestra and the El Sistema-inspired Paterson Music Project—has launched a lifelong-learning program this season. The program includes in-person and online group classes as well as private and semi-private music lessons in all instruments and voice, for adults of all ability levels. Said Artistic Director Helen H. Cha-Pyo, “Playing an instrument is not only good for your mind but also good for your emotional well-being, and it’s never too late to start.” Peter H. Gistelinck, executive director at the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, said, “It is well known and acknowledged that the ability to continue learning at any age is extremely important for one’s overall mental health. And as it relates to Wharton’s new five-year strategic plan, we are extremely excited to offer this new learning opportunity that will continue to grow and expand over the years to come.” Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts is located in Berkeley Heights, New Providence, and Paterson, New Jersey, and reaches students from 10 of the state’s 21 counties.