Bergen’s Got Talent: Meet AHA Cellist Cecilia Yun
A junior at the Academy of Holy Angels in Demarest has achieved state-wide distinction for her musical prowess.
It’s hard work being a talented high school musician, but someone’s gotta do it. Meet cellist Cecilia Yun, a junior at the Academy of Holy Angels in Demarest, who recently earned a seat in the 2021-22 All-State Orchestra.
The Closter resident is an active member of the AHA student body; she plays cello for the AHA Orchestra and the Select Strings ensemble and is also a member of Tri-M, a national honor society that recognizes accomplished musicians who demonstrate leadership, scholarship and character.
But Yun saw auditioning for All-State Orchestra as a way for her to supplement her extracurricular activities at school, and as a way to challenge herself.
“I had always wanted to try an audition for All-State,” she says. “Because All-State includes all of New Jersey, the competition is tougher and the travel distance for practices is also longer.”
For her audition, the member of the Class of 2023 submitted video excerpts of herself performing “Allegro Appassionato” by Camille Saint-Saens and a series of minor and major three-octave scales. She ranked 10th out of more than 50 of New Jersey high school cellists.
Watch the video below to witness the teen’s talent for yourself as she plays “Allemande” from Bach’s Suite II.
And for more talented Bergenites, check out the September issue of BERGEN magazine, out now!