January 2019
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

AHA Freshman Is Concertmaster of Mannes Prep Symphony

Demarest, NJ: Music is an essential part of life for violinist Faith Youn of Closter, the new concertmaster of the Mannes Prep Symphony.

Although Youn performs around the world, this unassuming Academy of the Holy Angels freshman described her selection as concertmaster as “the best surprise.” She noted that this was the first year Mannes held a blind seating audition.

“I’ve been part of Mannes Prep for three years, this year being my fourth,” Youn explained. “In my past three years at Mannes Prep, I was a concertmaster twice for the Concert Orchestra, the younger ensemble mainly for middle school students. Being a concertmaster at Mannes Prep has been a rewarding experience. It has not only made me into a better musician, but also helped develop my leadership skills in music and at school. 

“Through some of my accomplishments at Mannes Prep, I was given the opportunity to teach at Love Violin, an organization that teaches violin to underprivileged children. Teaching at Love Violin not only further developed my leadership skills, but it also helped me share my passion for music with others.”

At Holy Angels, Youn studies with Instrumental Music Director Mariann Annecchino. Youn plays violin for the AHA Orchestra and is a member of the Academy’s Select Strings ensemble. She recently performed at the SSND Donor Recognition Luncheon in Wilton, Connecticut, as part of a trio of AHA freshmen.

During the summer of 2019, Youn participated in the Hawaii Youth Symphony’s Pacific Music Institute Summer Program. This two-week event allowed Youn to meet talented local students, and musicians from Asia and the U.S. Mainland.

“I was also surrounded by renowned professional musicians who came from phenomenal backgrounds,” Youn said.

“I also participated in the Narnia Festival, a summer music program in Italy,” she added. These programs not only challenged my playing skills, but also exposed me to a whole new set of diligent young musicians with different cultures, but brought together by our shared love for music.”

Youn is dedicated to her music and her academic courses at Holy Angels, where she was recently named to the Honor Roll.

Founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1879, the Academy of the Holy Angels is the oldest private girls’ school in Bergen County. While AHA is steeped in Catholic tradition, this prestigious high school serves young women from a broad spectrum of cultural and religious backgrounds. Over time, thousands of women have passed through AHA’s portals. Many go on to study at some of the nation’s best universities, earning high-ranking positions in medicine, government, law, education, public service, business, arts, and athletics. The Academy’s current leaders continue to further the SSND mission to provide each student with the tools she needs to reach the fullness of her potential—spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically, by offering a first-rate education in a nurturing environment where equal importance is placed on academic excellence, character development, moral integrity, and service to others.

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