bergenPAC’s Voices in Harmony: Giving Everyone a Chance to Shine

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 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.

Founded in 2003, the 1,367-seat Bergen Performing Arts Center, or bergenPAC, is the area’s cultural mecca. Housed in a historic Art Deco-style theater boasting one of the finest acoustic halls in the United States, bergenPAC attracts a stellar roster of world-class entertainment. The jewel in our crown is The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC – the innovative, educational performing arts initiative that, through programs, classes, outreach, school shows, and main theater presented shows, reach more than 30,000 students and community youth annually. The Performing Arts School provides community youth, age 2 months to 21 years, with unique, “hands-on” training in music, dance and theater by industry professionals. It is through the ongoing generosity of sponsors, donors, members, and patrons that the not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation bergenPAC and The Performing Arts School are able to thrive and enrich our community.