December 2019
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Cellist Making Her Mark in Competition at Home and Abroad

Demarest, NJ: Cellist Chelsie Lim of Cresskill is making a name for herself on the national and international levels. The Academy of the Holy Angels sophomore recently earned a gold medal with high distinction in the young artist category of the Third Berliner International Music Competition. This fall, she received an honorable mention from the YoungArts Foundation, a non-profit that identifies accomplished teen artists and provides them with creative and professional development opportunities. As a 2020 honoree, Lim was invited to participate in YoungArts New York.

“I sent in my audition tapes online in October,” Lim noted. “I played the first movement of Dvorak’s ‘Cello Concerto in B Minor,’ the first movement of Ligeti's ‘Sonata for Solo Cello,’ ‘Allemande’ from Bach’s ‘Cello Suite IV,’ and the first movement of Beethoven’s ‘Cello Sonata No. 3.’ Among the winners are finalists, honorable mentions, and merit winners. This year, I was named an honorable mention winner.”

YoungArts honors student musicians from across the United States. Teens between the ages of 15 and 18 compete in the visual, literary, and performing arts categories. Discipline-specific panels of artists evaluate the competitors through a blind adjudication process.

“I have been studying music outside of school since I was in third grade,” Lim added. “I attend the pre-college program at the Juilliard School of Music every Saturday, and I have recently become a part of the Perlman Music Program community, which is an intensive seven-week summer program that also has events throughout the year. I plan to continue to participate in both of these programs until I graduate, and although I have yet to decide if I want to major in music or not, I feel so grateful and blessed to have these opportunities.”

At Holy Angels, Lim studies with Instrumental Music Director Mariann Annecchino. She plays her cello for the AHA Orchestra and the Select Strings ensemble. Lim was inducted into Tri-M, the Modern Music Masters National Honor Society, as a freshman. Eligible Tri-M members must be fine musicians who demonstrate scholarship, character, leadership, and service to others. Lim has been named to the AHA Principal’s List for maintaining a grade point average of 95 or above.

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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