JUNE 2018
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Gifted Vocalist to Study at Manhattan School of Music

Demarest, NJ: Juliana Dominguez, an aspiring professional soprano from North Bergen, is so devoted to her craft that she will soon spend her Saturdays in an intensive course at the Manhattan School of Music. This rising sophomore at the Academy of the Holy Angels will receive classical voice training from Amy Williams and other teachers from MSM’s Precollege Division program for gifted teens.

Dominguez learned about the opportunity from a relative who attends MSM, and began the process by filling out some forms online and arranging an audition. When she received a callback, she took ear-training and a theory test.

She soon received a letter welcoming her to the program. “We had many students apply, so please consider your acceptance a great accomplishment,” the letter states.

Dominguez will invest a great deal of her free time in the course, which will be held on Saturdays from September 2018 through June 2019, but she is aware of the potential dividends. 

“I know that, with a classical foundation, I will be able to do whatever I want vocally when I get older,” she said.

“I have been interested in music since I was a baby. My mom and dad would play music from Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli in the house, and I loved to sing along.

“My inspiration was my brother. He always sang church choir songs while showering and I would listen. When I heard him sing, I would think about being in the choir.”

As a kindergartener, she began singing with the choir at the Academy of Saint Joseph of the Palisades in West New York. The experience intensified her interest in music and her desire to sing well.

“I began taking vocal training at age 11. Around this time, I also joined a well-known choir in New York called the Young People’s Chorus of New York City. Young People’s Chorus taught me a lot about theory in singing as well as how to perform, while vocal training taught me how to sing healthily, consistently, and overall better.”

As a member of the Young People’s Chorus, Dominguez sang at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

At the Academy of the Holy Angels, she is a member of the Concert Choir and the Vocal Ensemble, an a cappella group. She is also involved with the Academy’s Instrumental Club. Dominguez is a well-rounded student who maintains a high grade point average and has been named to the AHA Honor Roll and Principal’s List.

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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