Heavenly, angelic and celestial are but some of most frequently used words to describe the music of the St. Aidan Girls Choir.
As deeply felt and uplifting spiritual music goes, words often fail to do justice to the Choir's moving performances. The group is composed of young parishioners of Long Island's St. Aidan Church (founded in 1928), age between 8 to 14. Though traditional religious hymns and solemn Gregorian chants form the core of the St. Aidan Choir's wide musical repertoire, the singers are also known for inspirational modern gospel numbers, as well as soaring masterpieces by Classical and Romantic masters of the genre.
The St. Aidan Girls Choir lends their soul-stirring harmonies to numerous charity events and fundraising concerts throughout the year, and to religious festivals that celebrate important Christian holidays such as All Souls Day in November, Christmas and Easter.
On December 19 of 2009, the St. Aidan Girls Choir shared the stage with the world-famous Vienna Boys Choir in a joint Christmas performance at Williston Park. By most accounts, it was a melding of golden chords that, at least in spirit if not in earthly form, spanned the great distance from Austria to New York. In addition, the girls blessed the audience with their beautiful voices at the 2010 Peace Concert in the form of two musical pieces.
Director of Music for the St. Aidan Girls Choir: DR. DRAGAN BUBALO
Dr. Bubalo has over ten years of experience as Director of Music for large Catholic churches in the US and Europe.
In Europe, he was director of music for a Cathedral choir for three years. In the recent years, he dedicates his time as Music Director of the largest music ministry on Lond Island, NY. Most of his teaching experience are for children, and students of high school and colleges. Dr. Bubalo also worked with a chorus for a leading national opera company, as well as a conductor of a professional military band as a part of his military duty.
· Doctorate of Musical Art in Conducting
· Permanent guest conductor of the Vienna Boys’ Choir, Austria
· Croatian Army Silver Medal of Honor 1999
· Dalmatian National Award for Croatian Music (Croatia, 1999) 2000
· Hungarian Military Music Award 2002
· St. Cecilia Sacred Music Award, New York 2005
Videos: St. Aidan Girls Choir featured on Newsday.com & LINewsTonight — May 20, 2010 — A group of students practice for their concert to be held at Carnegie Hall as Smaranda Lawrie reports for NYIT's LI News tonight.