Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

AHA Vocalists Perform in Competitive Choirs

Demarest, NJ: Angels’ voices are being heard at some exclusive performances this winter. Academy of the Holy Angels vocalists Yasmine Carter-McTavish, Hanora Chapman, Leah Sanchez, and Maria Guyre recently earned the distinction of becoming the only Catholic high school students to perform in the All County Band and Choir Concert. This event was held at Paramus High School on January 14th.

“The choir is highly competitive, with over 600 students who auditioned from all of Bergen County,” AHA Choral Director Lisa Marciano noted.

Chapman has also been chosen to share her vocal talents in the upcoming Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. This will be an encore for Chapman, who was also named a member of the 2017 choir. As she returns to the New York City landmark this year, she will sing Alto 2 in the Mixed Concert Choir, a group comprised of top vocalists from across the globe.

“Because I participated in the Honors Performance Series last year, I could audition for the choir without a teacher’s recommendation,” Chapman explained. “I had to prepare an Italian aria with accompaniment for my audition, and I competed against people auditioning from all around the country and the world.”

She added, “This experience last year was absolutely amazing and life changing, and I cannot wait to make beautiful music with talented musicians from around the world.”

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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