Winter Arts Festival Ushers in Holidays

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Upper School students helped spread holiday cheer at the annual Winter Arts Festival on December 16. The night of performances showcased spectacular displays of singing, acting, dancing plus a pre-show art gallery.

In a letter to the Upper School community following the festival, Head of School Michael Dealy wrote the following:

The enchanted evening was brimming with creative and unique artwork and included a talented lineup of actors, dancers, and singers. The music and performances were personal and powerful and the energy filled the room with warmth and purpose. It was a special evening for Bay Ridge Prep and a truly delightful way to kick off this holiday season together.

Thank you to last night's performers: our Bay Ridge Prep Jazz Ensemble with Joseph Anzalone (drums); Matthew Barraclough (guitar); Karina Guerrero (vocals); Josh Jeremie (tenor sax); Shannon Hickey (clarinet); David LeGrand (alto sax); Si Hao Wang (piano) and Aidan Walsh (drums); to our Dance Ensemble with Sara Anzalone, Daisy Custodio, Karina Guerrero, Lucia Pepe, and Ayva Vitacco; to our theatre club, Ella Bakula-Rusk, Anthony Berini, John Calacanis, Olivia Fiocco, Nicholas Galette and Aidan Walsh; and to the highlighted performers who took the stage and continued to rock the house: Jeffrey Zalta, Olivia Fiocco, Lily Miniovich, Isabella Cooper and Callie Todd. Thank you all for your special performances.

Special thanks to Cait Hynes and Noreen Stewart, Directors and Stage Managers; Ron Robinson, Music Director; Danny Greene, Jazz Band Leader; Margaret Capotorto, Dance Ensemble Director; and Josh Freeburn, Tech Director. Special recognition to other members of the Bay Ridge Prep Arts Faculty, Gabe Freire; Helena Ng, Chairperson; Reese Mattison; and Elyssa Shafran.

Thank you for sharing your artistry with all of us. The festival brought together a blend of talented artists, holiday spirit, and community.


Founded in 1998, Bay Ridge Prep is an independent, K-12 college preparatory school offering exceptional courses and intimate class sizes in a socially-mature and positive environment.