Wharton Music Center (WMC) begins its Performance Practice Series held in its black box theater located at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights this Monday, October 14. Free and open to the public, the series under the direction of WMC’s Director of Musical Theatre, Angela Beaton, encourages vocalists and instrumentalists to practice their art in a welcoming environment for an appreciative audience. Students of all ages and abilities practice their performance skills and etiquette and apply what they have been taught in a learning environment. Before the show begins, students are given a brief performance teaching point to practice. Performances start at 7:00 p.m.
Performers must sign up in person at Wharton Music Center and are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up sheets are posted about two weeks before each Practice Performance session. Students are to provide contact information, instrument/voice, name of music selection, name of instructor, student’s level (beginning, intermediate, or advanced), and whether the performer needs an accompanist. Each event is limited to 12 performers and selections may not exceed 5 minutes. Performers must arrive by 6:00 p.m. for rehearsal.
“Students learn and grow most by challenging and testing their performance skills,” says Angela Beaton. “Stage etiquette is vital to any high level performance.” Private instructors may hand out personalized evaluations regarding the etiquette of a student’s performance to help students improve their stage presence.
Future events will be held on December 16, February 10, March 10, April 7, and May 12. Due to the popularity of the series, the first Performance Practice event is completely booked although audience members are encouraged and welcome.
Wharton Music Center, located at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights, provides music, theatre, and dance instruction, educational programs, and performances for children, teens, and adults. In addition to instruction in all instruments and voice, WMC offers classes in musical theatre, dance, drama, choral music, vocal 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 offers orchestral and ensemble music education for grades 3 through 12 through New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) located at 570 Central Avenue in New Providence. NJYS, one of the foremost youth orchestras in the state, has eleven orchestras and ensembles for which auditions are held annually. NJYS’s premiere orchestra, Youth Symphony, has performed in internationally renowned concert halls such as Carnegie Hall in New York City and Musikverein in Vienna.
The mission of Wharton Music Center, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is to advance excellence and education in the performing arts. For more information, visit www.WhartonMusicCenter.org or www.NJYS.org.