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AHA Musicians Deliver an Early Christmas Gift

Demarest, NJ: Several instrumental musicians and vocalists from the Academy of the Holy Angels delivered an incredible gift to the school community as they performed this year’s Christmas Concert.

Under the baton of AHA Instrumental Music Director Mariann Annecchino, the Handbell Choir presented “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and “A Christmas Carol Collage.” The latter included snippets of well-loved holiday tunes, concluding with “Go Tell it on the Mountain.”

Choral Director Lisa Marciano led the Vocal Ensemble as they sang “Is it Far to Bethlehem City?” followed by “Still, Still, Still,” featuring a solo by senior Yasmine Carter-McTavish. Audience members smiled non-stop as the vocalists performed the musically challenging “Linus and Lucy” and continued with “White Winter Hymnal.”

A group of selected string players that included Co-concertmasters Maria Guyre and Maya Sharma played Vivaldi’s “Winter,” leaving listeners bedazzled. Nayoun Kim performed the violin solo. The ensemble also included cellists Erin Yang and Chelsie Lim, and violinists Claire Lim, Uijin Kang, and Samantha Shah.

The Academy Concert Choir continued its tradition of opening its portion of the concert with Guilio Caccini’s “Ave Maria.” This year, Samantha Shah provided accompaniment on the violin. Selections included “What Sweeter Music,” “Jingle Bells,” “Days of Beauty,” and “The Sleigh.” Grace Velarde, Timea Papp, and Mary Petito all sang solos during the choir’s rendition of “Mary, Did You Know?”
“Joy,” “Holiday on Ice,” and selections from “The Nutcracker” were performed by the Academy Orchestra. Mary Quimbo played the piano solo during the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.”

The Jazz Ensemble presented “It Came upon a Midnight Clear,” featuring saxophonists Timea Papp and Grace Velarde; trumpet players Hanora Chapman, Sarah Folk, Samantha Han, and Samantha DeMartino; guitarist Allison Asselbergs; bass player Jennifer Kim; keyboardist Sul Gi “Sophie” Jin; and drummer Gabrielle Layne.

For the final piece, the jazz group collaborated with the orchestra on a musical Christmas card, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” which concluded with a whimsical on-stage snowstorm.

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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