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Passing the Baton for the Wednesday Morning Strings NJWA Ensemble

Passing the Baton for the Wednesday Morning Strings NJWA Ensemble

For the past 25 years, since moving the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts Music Studio into Westfield, Dr. Ted Schlosberg, Founder/Director, has conducted the NJWA Wednesday Morning Strings Ensemble in performances in Central Jersey.

This winter session, he is passing the baton to Janet Lyman, who is on the faculty at the Music Studio and also directs the NJWA Summer Symphony.

Ms. Lyman holds both a B.M. in Violin and an M. M. Ed. in Music Education from the Manhattan School of Music. She also founded and conducted the Tenafly Symphony Orchestra and is the Director of Music at Zion Lutheran Church in Clark. There  she established a brass and string ensemble, conducts the Adult and Youth Choir and also started a Hand Bell Choir.

Wednesday Morning Strings, an ensemble for adults who play the violin, viola, cello, string bass and now the flute, has performed  at various area locations. Among the places they have played are Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, Atria Assisted Living in Cranford, the Cerebral Palsy League in Cranford, and senior residences at Ashbrook in Scotch Plains, Chelsea in Fanwood and Genesis in Westfield.

Dr. Schlosberg, who conducts other NJWA bands, orchestras and ensembles, will be the Performance Manager for the Wednesday Morning Strings and will continue to perform with them. He will also audition any potential musicians who wish to join the group, which meets on Wednesdays from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon at the Music Studio. Interested performers should call him at 908-789-9696, ext. 17, if they wish to join the ensemble. Those want to book them for a performance should also use that contact information.

Funding for materials, supplies and equipment for Wednesday Morning Strings has been provided by the Union County HEART Grant.

The New Jersey Workshop for the Arts, founded in 1972, is a non-profit 501 (C) 3  organization. For more information about the NJWA, visit them at 150-152 East Broad Street in Westfield, call 908-789-9696, email or log on to

Photo caption:  Dr. Ted Schlosberg passes the Wednesday Morning Strings baton to Janet Lyman, who will now be the conductor of that NJWA ensemble.

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