MARCH 2019
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Music in Our Schools Month® Celebration in Progress at AHA

Demarest, NJ: Each March, student musicians from the Academy of the Holy Angels usher in springtime by celebrating Music in Our Schools Month®. Angels present pop-up performances throughout the building, much to the delight of those who happen upon these random acts of music.

Music Our Schools Month® is promoted by the National Association for Music Education and highlights the importance of a high-quality music education. Now an annual event, Music in Our Schools Month® was launched on March 14, 1973 under the sponsorship of the New York State School Music Association. A dozen years later, the celebration had become a month-long observance.

AHA Instrumental Music Director Mariann Annecchino and AHA Choral Director Lisa Marciano welcome musically inclined Angels to join in these AHA interludes throughout the month of March. Performers need not be members of the Academy’s multiple ensembles, but many Music in Our Schools Month® musicians are involved in the school’s varied music programs, including the Vocal Ensemble (a select, a cappella group), the Academy Concert Choir, the Academy Orchestra, and the AHA Handbell Choir.

Several of the Academy’s accomplished musicians and vocalists have earned recognition that spans from the regional level to the international stage. Holy Angels performers have appeared at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, and have performed with the acclaimed Young People’s Chorus of New York City.

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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