Wharton Institute For The Performing Arts leadership team renews commitment through multi-year contracts

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ, Feb. 22, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — The Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts Board of Trustees announced it has extended the contracts of Artistic Director Helen H. Cha-Pyo and Executive Director Peter H. Gistelinck.

Robert Hamburger, Chairman of the Board, said: “We are delighted to announce the contract extensions of our very talented management team. Peter Gistelinck, Executive Director, and Helen Cha-Pyo, Artistic Director, have brought a level of excellence to the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts that has benefited the many students and communities we serve. The Board appreciates their tireless efforts on behalf of the organization and can now look forward to many more years of their positive impact as we embark on our dynamic and impactful strategic plans.

The organization launched a five-year strategic plan, including a $6 million endowment to support the expansion of its scholarship fund and advance the vision of accessibility for all. More information about the strategic plan and how you can contribute to staffing will be shared with the community over the coming months.

Helen H. Cha-Pyo said, “I am grateful to the Wharton Arts Board of Trustees for their confidence in me. I look forward to continuing to work with the exceptionally talented Executive Director Peter H. Gistelinck and the outstanding team of artistic and program staff to further the mission of the organization. I look forward to many years of working to build inclusive communities through transformative performing arts education for all.

Peter H. Gistelinck said, “I am truly honoured, touched and grateful to the Board of Directors and its Chairman for their confidence in his leadership. These are times of great opportunity and excitement as Wharton Arts approved a five-year strategic plan that will propel our institution into the next phase of growth under the artistic direction of Helen H. Cha-Pyo, our highly accomplished Artistic Director.

The mission of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts is to provide accessible, high-quality performing arts education that stimulates personal growth and builds inclusive communities with the vision of transformative performing arts education in a inclusive community accessible to all.

Wharton is New Jersey’s largest independent, nonprofit community performing arts education center, serving more than 1,500 students across a range of classes and ensembles, including the 15 ensembles of the New Jersey Youth Symphony, which welcome 500 students from grades 3 to 12 per audition. Beginning with Out of the Box Music and Pathways classes for young children, Wharton Arts offers private lessons, group lessons and ensembles for all ages and abilities at The Performing Arts School. Believing in the positive and unifying influence of music and the performing arts and that arts education should be accessible to all regardless of ability to pay, Wharton teaches all instruments and voice and offers a solid curriculum of musical theatre. Based in Paterson, New Jersey, the Paterson Music Project is an El Sistema-inspired program from the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts that uses music as a vehicle for social change by empowering and inspiring children through community experience. learning and playing together.

The Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts is located in Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Paterson, NJ and reaches over 1,500 students from 10 counties. All of Wharton’s outstanding 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.


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