December 2019
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

JOY Brings Two Holiday Concert Series to Area Senior Citizens

Demarest, NJ: This holiday season has been especially joyous for those senior citizens who were fortunate enough to hear the latest concert series presented by Joining Old and Young. These community minded singers from the Academy of the Holy Angels have been delighting audiences since the early 2000s. With accompaniment from pianist Suzanne Alenick, JOY spreads cheer and good will throughout the region. 

Just after Thanksgiving, JOY presented one-hour concerts at Sunrise of New City, New York; Atrium Post Acute Care in Park Ridge; the Jewish Home at Rockleigh; and Promenade at Chestnut Ridge, New York. A few weeks before Christmas, the singers performed at Sunrise locations in Woodcliff Lake, Old Tappan, and New City, New York. They also made an encore performance at the Promenade.

Each time JOY sets out for a concert series, the singers begin the day by gathering for breakfast at a member’s home. Their midday break includes lunch at a local diner.

The teen vocalists present songs from the 1930s through the 1960s, following in the footsteps of an AHA alumna. While she was a student at AHA, JOY’s founder noticed the positive effects music had on her grandmother, who had Alzheimer’s disease. When this young woman played tunes from the past, her grandmother became lively and more engaged. That Angel resolved to bring the same delight to other seniors, and launched JOY’s continuing tradition of music and community service.

JOY also raises funds for Make-a-Wish, an organization that grants the wishes of seriously ill children.

The 2019-2020 JOY Executive Board includes Co-presidents Meredith Joseph of Suffern, New York; and Julie Zierer and Sophia Luongo, both of Upper Saddle River. Officers also include Vice President Judianne Meredith of River Vale; Secretary Nina Valente of New Milford; Treasurer Natalie Andreoli of Wyckoff; PR Coordinator Kayla Pringle of Suffern, New York; and Vocal Coordinator Leah Sanchez of Upper Saddle River. Members include Gabriella Borges and Josephine Noble of Demarest; Arielle Maravilla of Leonia; Uijin Kang of Closter; Abrianna Gutierrez of Hamburg; Sara Folk of Old Tappan; Kaitlyn Guintu of Englewood; Natasha Dhanrajani of Bardonia, New York; Claudia Paoli of Rutherford; Hannah Janiec of East Rutherford; and Zaharah Fiorentinos of Palisades Park.

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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