Performing Arts

Aspiring Angels in the Arts encounter a world of opportunities in the Academy’s performing arts program. After they complete the required Music Appreciation course, students may choose electives in music and theater, including theater arts, musical theater, piano performance, or music activism. Angels may also further their love of music through the AP Music Theory course.


AHA promotes cultural literacy, and encourages Angels to study classical humanities. College credit is available through the Middle College Program of Fairleigh Dickinson University.


The Academy’s comprehensive co-curricular program includes The International Thespian Honor Society and The National Tri-M Honor Society (music). Many Angels participate in the Academy ChorusOrchestraSeraphima, Chamber Orchestra, Handbell Choir, and Jazz Ensemble (which was, at one time, New Jersey’s only all-girl jazz band).

Our extracurricular theater program is one of the strongest in the state, and encourages girls from AHA and boys from any high school (public or private) to participate. AHA’s drama and musical productions have been recognized by organizations such as the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards, The Foxy Awards (Montclair State University), and the Metropolitan High School Theater (“Metro”) Awards. There are many opportunities to appear on stage or work behind the scenes with our stage crew, where students can work on crews that handle sound, lighting, backstage, lobby design, hair and makeup, or costumes.

Requirements: All students are required to take one quarter of Music Appreciation during freshman year. Sophomores are required to take at least one semester-long course in either fine arts or performing arts.

International Thespian Honor Society


The International Thespian Society (THS) is the Educational Theatre Association’s student honorary organization for participation in theater. THS recognizes the achievements of high school students who are involved in the theater program. Points are accrued through participation in AHA productions, both on the stage and behind the scenes, and members of the THS Executive Board ore elected every year. Points are also awarded for taking the following courses: Theater Arts I, Theater Arts II, and Musical Theater. View the Official High School Thespian Point System.

International Tri-M Music Honor Society 


The Tri-M Music Honor Society is the international music honor society for middle/junior high and high school students. It is designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements, reward them for their accomplishments and service activities, and inspire other students to excel at music and leadership. Through more than 5,500 chartered chapters, Tri-M has helped thousands of young people provide years of service through music in schools throughout the world. Tri-M is a program of the National Association for Music Education.

Performing Arts Department

Daniel Mahoney

Performing Arts Director

Katie Collins

Performing Arts Department Chair

Andrew Monticello

Instrumental Coordinator