February 2019
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Teen Music Masters Enter AHA’s Tri-M Chapter

Demarest, NJ: Membership in Tri-M, the Modern Music Masters Honor Society, is rapidly increasing at the Academy of the Holy Angels. This month, AHA Tri-M Chapter 2150 inducted multiple Angels in recognition of their musical accomplishments, scholarship, character, leadership, and service. The 2020 honorees include vocalists, and instrumental musicians who have dedicated themselves to musical instruments that range from the handbells, piano, viola, and bass to bassoon, alto saxophone, violin, and piano.

AHA Instrumental Music Director and Tri-M Chapter Adviser Mariann Annecchino welcomed everyone to the induction ceremony. Tri-M Co-presidents Sophie Jin of Cresskill and Erin Yang of Palisades Park delivered a brief speech before welcoming 17 Angels to the organization.

New members include Lizelle Bacolod, Cara Chang, and Elizabeth Kim of Fort Lee; Kirstyn Barsola, Lauren Chin, and Feiyang Liu of Paramus; Myra Bocage of Chestnut Ridge, New York; Catherine Callahan of Tenafly; Catherine Chiang of Orangeburg, New York; Baylee-Rose Cooper of Saddle Brook; Juliana Dominguez of North Bergen: Uijin Kang of Closter; Arielle Maravilla of Leonia; Annalise Olsen of Stony Point, New York; Jiayi Ouyang of Nanuet, New York; Dylan Vonderhorst of Pearl River, New York; and Emma Yale of Westwood.

Two additional inductees, violinist Faith Youn and cellist Cecilia Yun, both of Closter, will be welcomed to Tri-M this spring. Both musicians were unable to attend AHA’s February ceremony as they were representing the Academy at the New Jersey State Music Educators Association’s Honors Orchestra.

Following the ceremony, inductees performed for the audience, which included continuing Tri-M members, friends, family, faculty, staff, and administration.

The program began and ended with performances by new Tri-M pianists. Emma Yale opened the concert with “Ballade” by Friedrich Burgmuller. Catherine Callahan played and sang “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Gustav Holst. Myra Bocage performed Chopin’s “Prelude in C minor, op. 28, no. 20.” Cara Chang presented “Nuvole Bianche” by Ludovico Eninaudi, and Jiayi Ouyang played “Croatian Rhapsody” by Tonci Huljic. Arielle Maravilla concluded the event with Debussy’s “Claire de Lune.”

Flutist Baylee-Rose Cooper played Adagio from Mozart’s “Clarinet Concerto in A major, K 622.” Alto saxophonist Annalise Olsen played Schumann’s “Romance no. 1,” and Barsola presented Faure’s “Elegie” on the bassoon.
Vocalists Feiyang Liu, Juliana Dominguez, and Lauren Chin’s selections were “Kangding Qinggee (Kangding Love Song),” “Sin Tu Amor,” and “Dido’s Lament,” respectively. AHA Choral Director Lisa Marciano provided piano accompaniment for Liu and Chin. Dominguez performed a cappella.

Violin selections included Seitz’s “Concerto no. 5 in D major, op. 22, movement 1” presented by Dylan Vonderhorst, and Haydn’s “Violin Concerto no. 4 in G major” presented by Uijin Kang. Viola player Chiang performed J.C. Bach’s “Concerto en Ut minor, movement 1.”

Elizabeth Kim of Fort Lee rang Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujiah” on the handbells.

Lizelle Bacolod played “Le Cyne” by Camille Saint-Saens on the electric bass. Her sister, 2018 Tri-M inductee Mariel Bacolod, performed the piano part of this piece.

Sponsored by the National Association for Music Educators, Tri-M recognizes young musicians and strives to produce leaders in music education and advocacy. Annecchino encourages Tri-M members to promote music at school and in the greater community. AHA’s group remains one of the most active chapters in the area. Students organize outreach concerts, and have raised funds for a non-profit that purchases instruments for young musicians who cannot afford to purchase or rent their own.

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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