Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Angelic Outreach Touches Residents of Van Dyk Park Place

Demarest, NJ: Timea Papp recently spearheaded a concert for the residents of Van Dyk Park Place, an assisted living facility located in Papp’s hometown of Hawthorne. This outreach featured several members of the Tri-M Music Honor Society from the Academy of the Holy Angels, who filled the building with violin and piano selections, saxophone and flute duets, and vocal pieces. The eclectic program included everything from Mozart to jazz, and renditions of beloved tunes such as “Jingle Bells" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

In addition to Papp, Tri-M performers included Jillian and Angelina Busetto of Pomona (NY), Jaya and Maya Sharma of River Vale, Olivia Hagopian and Mary Macri of Oradell, Haram Kim of Tenafly, Hannah and Grade Velarde of Oakland, and Hanora Chapman and Amanda Siemsen of Ramsey.

Mariann Annecchino, moderator of AHA’s Tri-M chapter, also attended the concert. Papp said Annecchino’s dedication to the program allows the Academy’s students to organize these productions.

“Having been inducted into the Tri-M Honor Society in my freshman year, I became a part of a larger community of musicians who all share the same love of music that I do,” said Papp, a member of the Class of 2019. She said Tri-M (short for Modern Music Masters) offers musicians and vocalists opportunities to perform at school and within the greater community.

“I chose this particular residence for our concert because I have had the privilege of volunteering there over the years, and the residents hold a special place in my heart,” she added.

“Music is powerful on many levels, and touches everyone regardless of age and cultural backgrounds. We make lasting connections through music. The rhythms and melodies become a part of who we are. Lullabies soothe the very young, and music in general becomes therapeutic for the elderly.

“During my volunteering, I noticed a great change in the alertness of the residents who struggled with memory loss when I began to share songs with them that I thought they may know. Their eyes lit up and they began to hum or sing in time with me. This is why I decided to organize a performance here. I knew from past experience that our music and songs would bring happiness, and perhaps joyful recollections of times past for all, and it did! Many of the residents were heard humming and singing during our performances, and they brought us great happiness by sharing their applause with us.

“The concert was very well received, and they look forward to seeing us again in the spring!” Papp added.

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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