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AHA Vocalist Performs with International Choir at Carnegie Hall  

Demarest, NJ: Performing at Carnegie Hall is a dream come true for countless vocalists and
musicians throughout the world. This month, Academy of the Holy Angels sophomore Hanora
Chapman realized this dream as a member of the 2017 High School Honors Performance Series,
an elite group of vocalists from around the globe.

This Ramsey resident was featured as first alto with the Honors Women’s Choir, but she is also
adept at singing pieces written for a soprano or mezzo soprano.

“Working with Dr. Tim Seelig was one of the greatest opportunities of all time,” she said of her
experience with the group’s conductor. “He is a very talented singer and musician, and getting
to work with him was an honor.”

Chapman appreciated the information Seelig shared with the choir, and returned to AHA with
knowledge of a different vocal technique.

The select choir included performers from multiple countries, including Canada, England, Hong
Kong, and New Zealand. While the group was together for just a few days, Chapman said the
“music came together very well. We worked very hard, and all of our hard work paid off.”
She added, “Performing at Carnegie Hall was one of the greatest opportunities I have ever had.
The stage is beautiful, the acoustics are breathtaking, and to have the crowd give us a standing
ovation at the end of our performance was the icing on the cake.”

Lisa Marciano, the choral teacher at AHA, nominated her student for this honor.

“Hanora has been an integral part of the vocal AND instrumental music program since she first
set foot into AHA,” said Marciano. “She is the type of music student (who) immerses herself in
everything we have to offer, and it's been a pleasure watching her thrive in the many groups
she is a member of. Because of her enthusiasm and her drive to make music any way she can, I
thought she was worthy of my nomination for this chorus. I submitted her name in the fall and
then Hanora had to send in a recording of her voice. She was thrilled to be accepted.”

Chapman sings with the AHA Choir, the Vocal Ensemble, and the Music Makers. She is also a
member of the Handbell Choir and plays trumpet for the Jazz Ensemble. Outside of AHA, she is
part of the Festival Youth Chorus with the New Jersey Choral Society.

Since 1879, thousands of women have passed through the portals of Academy of the Holy Angels high school, the oldest private girls’ school in New Jersey. 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. Our goal is to provide each girl 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 giving service to others.

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