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Bergen County Student Vocalists Shine at Carnegie Hall Honors Performance

Bergen County

By: Richard L. Smith 

A group of talented singers from the Academy of the Holy Angels made their mark on the international stage during the prestigious Carnegie Hall Honors Performance Series in early February.AdStudents Martine Alvarez, Haedyn Brigati, Alyssa Finch, Lilianna Garber, Kiera Kwiatkowski, and Gigi Ochs, alongside global peers, showcased their vocal prowess in a memorable display of talent and passion for music.

"The girls came back so charged up, full of stories, and extremely happy to have participated," said AHA Choral Director Lisa Marciano. Highlighting the exceptional achievement, Marciano added, "Gigi Ochs also got chosen to sing solos!"

The singers, members of the AHA Chorus and Seraphima, the Academy's select a cappella ensemble, were nominated by Marciano herself.

Reflecting on her experience, Ochs expressed joy: "My experience at Carnegie Hall was unforgettable. I felt so honored to be chosen for a solo...and it feels amazing to have accomplished this goal."

Kwiatkowski praised Conductor Matthew Brady's ability to unify the performers, saying, "He was engaging, patient, funny, and amazing at conducting...This was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience."AdBrigati shared her awe of performing at such an iconic venue, "As a singer, I have always wanted to perform at such a famous venue...This experience was unforgettable, and I have made so many memories that I will cherish for years to come."

Finch highlighted the educational aspect of the experience, from learning vocal techniques to gaining a deeper emotional connection with the music. "The conductor was wonderful at helping us to understand how to make the audience feel the emotions behind the music," she said.

In addition to their performance, the singers enjoyed New York City's vibrant culture, including a Broadway show and a celebration cruise on the Hudson River.

"The outstanding view was enhanced by the fact that I was with my friends," Finch concluded, reflecting on the enriching and comprehensive nature of their Carnegie Hall journey.