APRIL 2017
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Tri-M Performers Serenade Spectrum Residents and Volunteers

Demarest, NJ: Members of Academy of the Holy Angels’ chapter of the Tri-M National Music Honor Society are fully aware that music can spark memories, stir emotions, and provide therapeutic benefits. With this powerful message in mind, Tri-M organized a special concert for residents and volunteers at Spectrum for Living in Teaneck. 

AHA Instrumental Music Director and Tri-M Chapter 2150 Adviser Mariann Annecchino encourages society members to devise ways to promote music within the AHA community and beyond.

“This particular outreach was conceived of and organized by Jaya and Maya Sharma,” Annecchino reported of the River Vale residents who often appear as the Sharma Sisters Duo. “Jaya and Maya perform for the Spectrum for Living group as their personal outreach and thought the group would enjoy a different kind of musical performance with a variety of instruments and styles of music.”

In addition to performing, Jaya Sharma was also the emcee.  She recruited Tri-M members, organized the program, and coordinated the concert with the staff at this non-profit group home for individuals with developmental and/or physical disabilities.

Sponsored by the National Association for Music Educators, Tri-M is shorthand for Modern Music Masters. The society recognizes young musicians and focuses on creating future leaders in music education and advocacy. AHA’s society members are also doing their part to embrace the organization’s goal of sharing music with the wider community.

“As you may know, research has supported the direct, beneficial effect of musical interaction on people with various disabilities,” Jaya Sharma reminded Tri-M members in her recruitment letter. She added that performers not only bring enjoyment to those in the audience, but also gain the rewards of seeing people smile and dance as they hear various melodies.

The eclectic program featured classical and popular pieces, including selections from “La La Land.” The Tri-M musicians played a range of instruments from piano and violin to the harp and trumpet.

Performers included Emily Stanzione of Maywood, Cynthia (Ruiqi) Zhang of Ridgefield, Catherine Park of Ridgefield Park, Hanora Chapman of Ramsey, June Chung of Leonia and Tasha (Eun Son) Kim of Paramus, Timea Papp of Hawthorne, Rebecca Quigley of Bergenfield, Sophie (Sul Gi) Jin of Cresskill and Sally (Hyerin) Chung of Old Tappan, Christine Lim of Paramus, Sara Kim of Norwood, and Maya and Jaya Sharma.

“Our goals at AHA are to foster a greater appreciation for music in the school community, to promote wider opportunities for sharing the joy of music (like this concert), to advance the spirit of musical knowledge, and to enhance the reputation of our school as a center for musical enrichment. We organize benefit concerts like this one throughout the year,” Jaya Sharma said.

Originally, this month’s concert was organized for Spectrum for Living residents, but volunteers were added to the guest list in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month (April).

Since 1879, thousands of women have passed through the portals of Academy of the Holy Angels high school, the oldest private girls’ school in New Jersey. 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. Our goal is to provide each girl 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 giving service to others.

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