RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Rutherford High School has named professional musician Andrea Covais as the recipient of its 2015 Distinguished Graduate Award.
Covais graduated from Rutherford High School in 2002. She later graduated from Manhattan School of Music in 2006 and attended Montclair State University for a Master of Music degree. She's currently a candidate for the doctor of musical arts degree at City University of New York. Her dissertation is in 19th century sacred music written by female composers of France.
Covais has performed in both operas and concerts in the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Ireland and Slovenia.
She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Union Theological Seminary and the Alliance Française in New York. She has sung with the New Jersey State Opera, New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, Pro Arte Chorale, Opera Company of Brooklyn, the Tuscia Opera Festival throughout Italy, participated in the a choral tour of Ireland in 2013 and sang with the American Institute of Musical Studies in Austria, Germany and Slovenia.
In 2011, Covais debuted a new song cycle of music by local composer Christopher Opperman and debuted a new opera by Brazilian composer Joao MacDowell.
Additionally, Covais maintains a strong commitment to teaching and scholarship.
She keeps a private voice and piano studio in Rutherford, was the 2015 Bergen County clinician at Rutherford High School Choral Day, served as a guest teacher at the 2015 Bergen County Teen Arts Festival and was the artistic and music director of the Rutherford Theater Company -- a local nonprofit organization committed to bringing community theater to Rutherford--from 2012 to 2014.
The award presentation will take place on Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Rutherford High School auditorium at 10:30 a.m. The invitation-only luncheon will be held at the RHS library at 11: 00 a.m.
Rutherford High School is at 56 Elliott Place, Rutherford.
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