APRIL 2019
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Tri-M Accepts Skilled Musicians Who Are Leaders and Scholars

Demarest, NJ:  Several of the finest vocalists and instrumental musicians from the Academy of the Holy Angels are now members of Tri-M, the Modern Music Masters Honor Society. In addition to their musical accomplishments, eligible Tri-M members must also demonstrate scholarship, character, leadership, and service to others.

This spring’s inductees to Chapter 2150 include Jennifer “Jenna” Cooperman of Tappan (NY), Annabel Hazrati of Little Ferry, Sophia Kim of Westwood, Chelsie Lim of Cresskill, Emily McKiernan of Harrington Park, Judianne Meredith of River Vale, Morgan Morrissey of Saddle River, Anjianie Perez of Hackensack, Mary Quimbo of Woodcliff Lake, Victoria Sanabria of West New York, Samantha Shah of Demarest, and Valentina Zazzali of Saddle River.

Sponsored by the National Association for Music Educators, Tri-M recognizes young musicians and strives to produce leaders in music education and advocacy. AHA Instrumental Music Director and Tri-M Chapter 2150 Adviser Mariann Annecchino encourages Tri-M members to promote music at school and in the greater community. AHA’s group has proven to be one of the most active chapters in the area. Students have organized outreach concerts at multiple venues and recently raised funds for a non-profit that purchases instruments for young musicians who cannot afford to purchase or rent their own.

Annecchino acknowledged the inductees’ hard work, adding, “I am grateful there are so many wonderful musicians in our school.”

Tri-M Co-presidents Maria Guyre and Maya Sharma, both of River Vale, delivered a brief speech. Sharma spoke of the organization’s high ideals that encourage members to undertake greater challenges while also stressing kindness to others. Guyre pointed out that Tri-M is always accepting the next wave of young musicians. This eternally young membership, she said, ensures that the group will always be “modern.” Guyre urged the new inductees to accept their responsibilities and wear the Tri-M emblem with pride.

The ceremony included performances by each of the new Tri-M members. AHA Choral Director Lisa Marciano provided accompaniment for several of the artists.

Vocalists Judianne Meredith presented Parisotti’s “Se Tu M’ami,” Victoria Sanabria sang Schubert’s “Ave Maria,” Valentina Zazzali performed Giordano’s “Caro Mio Ben,” and Jenna Cooperman sang Gilbert and Sullivan’s “O, Foolish Fay.” Senior Emily McKiernan sang “Laurie’s Song (Once I Thought I’d Never Grow),” Aaron Copland’s piece about a young woman who is one day away from her high school graduation and wonders what she will do next.

Annabel Hazrati rang out “For the Beauty of the Earth” on the handbells, and Chelsie Lim presented the energetic “Elfentanz” on the cello.

Violinists Morgan Morrissey and Samantha Shah performed “Amazing Grace” and the first movement of Bach’s “Sonata no. 1 in G minor,” respectively.

Featured pianists included Sophia Kim, Anjianie Perez, and Mary Quimbo. Kim played Chopin’s “Waltz in B minor, op. 69, no. 2,” Perez performed Einaudi’s “Primavera,” and Quimbo concluded the concert with Ravel’s “Sonatine: Modere.”

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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