MARCH 2018
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

AHA Rings Opening Bell for Music in Our Schools Month

Demarest, NJ: March is a time of pleasant surprises at the Academy of the Holy Angels, where students mark Music in Our Schools Month® by presenting “random acts of music.”

The opening bell for this year’s celebration rang March 1st, as the AHA Handbell Choir played “Morning Has Broken” and “Angels Watching over Me” in the main entrance.

The National Association for Music Education ( promotes Music in Our Schools Month® to highlight the importance of a high-quality music education. Now an annual occasion, Music in Our Schools Month® was launched on March 14, 1973 at an event sponsored by the New York State School Music Association. By 1985, the celebration had become the month-long observance it is today.

AHA Instrumental Music Director Mariann Annecchino and AHA Choral Director Lisa Marciano welcome musically inclined Angels to join in these AHA interludes throughout the month. Performers need not be members of the Academy’s multiple ensembles, but many Music in Our Schools Month® musicians are involved in the school’s varied music programs, including the Vocal Ensemble (an a cappella group), the Academy Concert Choir, the Academy Orchestra, and the AHA Handbell Choir.

Multiple AHA musicians and vocalists are award-winning members of the Regional High School Band, the Regional High School Orchestra, and the New Jersey All-State Orchestra. Several Angels have earned international recognition and have been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall and other well-known landmarks.

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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