Saint Dominic Academy Glee Club
The SDA Glee Club is the largest and one of the most honored activities at the Academy. The Glee Club continues to attend regional competitions every year, consistently bringing home top honors.
SDA’s Glee Club and Pueri Cantores sang the “Mass of Nations”, serenaded Pope Francis in “Christmas Around the World” and sang the “World Peace Day” Mass at the Vatican this Christmas Season
As members of Pueri Cantores, the official student choral organization of the Catholic Church, many members of the SDA Glee Club participated in Pueri Cantores’ 40th International Congress held recently in Rome, Italy. They left for Rome on December 26 and sang on four separate occasions while there. During the Opening Ceremony, they marched from the Castel Sant’Angelo down the Via Conciliazione to Saint Peter’s Basilica where they marched through the Holy Door which has been opened for the Jubilee Year. They then sang with all American and Irish choirs for the Mass of Nations at the Basilica of Saint John Lateran.
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day was the climax of the trip. On December 31, the Glee Club sang at Sala Nervi in a performance in honor of the Holy Father, “Christmas Around the World.” The international choirs serenaded Pope Francis with the Argentinean Carol “El Naciemiento.”
At 10:00 A.M. on New Year’s Day, the Glee Club sang in the World Peace Day Papal Mass and then gathered for Angelus in St. Peter’s Square. The girls returned home on January 2nd with memories to last a lifetime.
SDA Glee Club and Dominoes
On April 15, 2016, the SDA Glee Club and Dominoes performed
in Virginia Beach, Virginia at the
Fiesta-val Invitational Music Festival – Choral Division
Glee Club – Treble Choir First Place Award
Treble Choir Champion Award
Dominoes – Chamber/Madrigal Choir First Place Award
Choral Outstanding Individual Achievement Award
Jennifer Valencia ’16 for outstanding piano accompaniment:
“ I Thank You God” and “Psalm 23”
The Dominoes are a nationally renowned female chamber choir. They have performed, by invitation, nine times at the famed Carnegie Hall. Other notable New York City venues include Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the General Assembly of the United Nations, Saint Malachy’s Church (the “Actors’ Chapel”), the Waldorf-Astoria and Radio City Music Hall, where they once opened the annual Christmas Spectacular.
They have been featured on Fox 5’s “Good Day New York” and on News 12 New Jersey’s “Sounds of the Season”.
The Dominoes are also members of the prestigious international organization, Pueri Cantores and have also sung several concerts with Schola Cantorum on Hudson.
Mr. Joseph P. Napoli
Mr. Napoli has taught at Saint Dominic Academy since 1979. Mr. Napoli has also directed the Manhattan College Singers, Saint Peter’s College Glee Club and the Saint Dominic Academy Women’s Choir.
In 2005, the Council for American Private Education named Mr. Napoli New Jersey’s Non-Public School Teacher of the Year. In 2006, he was honored as Italian-American Educator of the year by the Bayonne Columbus Committee and was similarly honored by Jersey City’s Dante Alighieri Society in 2011. In November 2011, the Academy honored Mr. Napoli with the Dominican Pillar Award.
Mr. Napoli’s choirs have made two recordings; “A Saint Dominic Academy Christmas” (Dominoes, 2002) and “Voices of Winter” (Women’s Choir, 2006).