September 2019
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

AHA Invited to Choirs of America Event in New York City

Demarest, NJ: Vocalists from the accomplished Academy of the Holy Angels Concert Choir have been invited to the inaugural Choirs of America 2020 Master Works Series: The Music of Dan Forrest. This three-day celebration will be held March 19 through 21, 2020, at New York City’s Lincoln Center. Members of the public will be able to purchase tickets for the March 21 performance.

Artistic Director Christopher Olin has also invited top choirs from Tennessee, Kansas, Georgia, California, Colorado, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

“We will be performing the ‘Jubilate Deo,’ which is a much larger work in several different languages,” AHA Choral Director Lisa Marciano announced. This work for sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses will be performed with a full professional orchestra under the baton of Dr. Sandra Snow. Invitees will enjoy collaborative, massed choir rehearsals with Composer-in-Residence Dan Forrest and Conductor Snow.

AHA’s vocalists are highly regarded throughout the region. For several years, AHA has been the only Catholic school to have its students accepted to the Bergen County Chorus.

AHA singers have also successfully auditioned for the Honors Performance Series held at Carnegie Hall. A recent alumna was invited to sing with this prestigious international choir for three consecutive years. In 2019, three AHA vocalists performed with the honors choir.

The AHA Concert Choir and a cappella AHA Vocal Ensemble entertain audiences at Christmas and again in the spring.

Marciano credits her groups’ continued success to the commitment and enthusiasm of the students.

“We lost 20 seniors (the most in the 10 years I've been here), but gained another 18 members at the beginning of the year,” Marciano reported when asked about this year’s choir.

“AHA Concert Choir and Orchestra are like family,” she explained, adding that she and AHA Instrumental Music Director Mariann Annecchino try to create a “warm, nurturing environment free from the stress of academics; a place to be creative and emotional and wrap it all up into our music.”

Marciano is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where she received a bachelor's degree in piano performance and a master’s in music education. She completed post-graduate studies in voice and liturgical music at Westminister Choir College. In addition to her work at AHA, Marciano is director of music ministries at Saint John the Evangelist Church in Bergenfield. She directs Saint John’s two choirs and oversees the balance of the program, which includes children's, Spanish, and Filipino choirs. Marciano is married to her favorite piano technician, William Marciano. They are the parents of two grown children and “an oversized, naughty golden retriever named Maestro.”

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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