One of the highlights on the calendar at bergenPAC is Voices in Harmony. This is a celebration featuring singers, musicians and dancers from 18 schools in six counties serving students with disabilities. This year’s show, which is the third annual production, will be held Sunday, March 24 at 2 p.m.
“Voices in Harmony gives our students the opportunity to perform on a professional stage,” said Diane Somers, director of The Chapel Hill Academy. “Their excitement and enthusiasm bring tears and smiles to everyone who attends the performance!”
The program is presented by The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC, as part of its outreach program, and the Association of Schools and Agencies for the Handicapped (ASAH). The students rehearse throughout the school year with visiting teaching artists from The Performing Arts School and then share their talents in front of the community.
“We look forward to the third annual Voices in Harmony event celebrating and featuring our very ‘special’ students,’” said Lori Alter, M.A., director of The Deron School of New Jersey. “The performance promises to be uplifting, invigorating and truly magical. The audience will leave with a sparkle in their eyes!”
After last year’s show, a West Orange parent said it’s amazing to see what the kids accomplish.
“A lot of them have so much trouble socially and emotionally,” she said. “But you get them up onstage and everything changes.”
The entire community is invited to experience an inspiring afternoon of music and dance. Tickets are free and can be reserved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (201) 482-8194, ext. 71.
The participating schools are: Academy 360 Lower and Upper Schools, Banyan Elementary School, Banyan High School, Chapel Hill Academy, CTC Academy, Deron School of NJ Montclair Campus, Deron School of NJ Union Campus, ECLC of New Jersey, Chatham Campus, ECLC of New Jersey, Ho-Ho-Kus, The Gramon School, Glenview Academy, New Beginnings, The Felician School, Holmstead School, Honor Ridge Academy, The Phoenix Center, Windsor Learning Center and St. Joseph School for the Blind.
Voices of Harmony is presented thanks to sponsorship by the William T. Morris Foundation, ASAH, The Alliance of Private Special Education Schools of North Jersey, Spectrum 360, the Hasiotis Family, the Alter Family and bergenPAC.