November 2018
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Angels Named to Carnegie Hall Choir, All-County Chorus

Demarest, NJ: When the lights come up at Carnegie Hall in February 2019, they will be shining brightly on Academy of the Holy Angels vocalists Hanora Chapman, Maria Guyre, and Leah Sanchez. This talented trio will sing with the Carnegie Hall High School Honors Performance Series, an international choir that presents a concert after four days of rigorous rehearsals.

This is the third consecutive year Chapman, a Ramsey resident and AHA senior, has earned this honor.

"I am so excited to be participating in the Honors Performance Series for the third time,” Chapman said after learning of her most recent acceptance. “It is such a wonderful opportunity to perform with singers from all around the world and work with a knowledgeable conductor. I am so honored to be participating again, and I cannot wait to sing at Carnegie Hall!"

Sanchez, an AHA junior who will be performing at this event for the first time, is similarly enthusiastic.

“I am so excited to be performing at Carnegie Hall. It is such a wonderful opportunity to be performing at such a prestigious institution,” the Upper Saddle River resident stated. “I was so ecstatic to hear the news of my acceptance that I cried. It was amazing!”

Chapman and Guyre have also been accepted to the All-County Choir (Bergen County, NJ) that will perform at Paramus High School on January 13th. These students rose to the top of the hundreds of students who auditioned from schools located throughout Bergen County, and will once again be the only Catholic high school students to perform with this select group. Both Angels were previously invited to perform in the 2018 county concert.

In a note of appreciation to AHA Choral Director Lisa Marciano, Guyre wrote, “I only started last year, and all of this is thanks to you and the AHA music program, since I had no previous voice instruction! Thanks so much for giving me all these opportunities,” the senior from River Vale stated.

Marciano added, “As wonderful as it is to see these girls achieve these honors, the true rewards are those that I see day in and day out in the classroom. These girls are some of the most dedicated and talented students that I have ever had the pleasure of teaching, and I know their time spent rehearsing and performing in AHA's Concert Choir and Orchestra will provide them with an incredibly solid foundation for their musical achievements in the years ahead. I am so proud of their accomplishments!”

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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