Iona University’s Iona Singers Perform at Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — Iona University’s Iona Singers performed at Radio City Music Hall during its renowned holiday stage show, the Christmas Spectacular. Starring the Radio City Rockettes, the Christmas Spectacular is a holiday staple for New Yorkers and visitors alike, drawing a crowd of about one million people per year.
“The Iona Singers are a group of immensely talented, hardworking students,” said Kelly McKenna Beyrer ’16MA, Iona’s inaugural director of performing arts. “I’m proud and grateful that we were invited to such a prominent stage, and I’m excited that they had the opportunity to share their gifts with so many.”
Performing classic Christmas songs including, “Carol of the Bells” and “Joy to the World,” 50 students of the Iona Singers took the stage during the December 10 show, directed by Dana Celestino.
“Singing at Radio City Music Hall was a dream come true,” Isabella Ruggiero ’26, a freshman soloist, said. “I watched the Christmas Spectacular as a child and having the chance to perform for it was incredible. Thank you to all who made this possible.”
The Iona Singers organize and participate in several musical productions at Iona each year; their concerts include both solo and group performances. They also perform at major campus events such as Homecoming, Commencement, and more.
Current Iona students and future Gaels can look forward to the University’s growing investment in performing arts, with expanded creative offerings coming in 2023 on Iona’s new Bronxville campus. Any interested student may audition to join the Iona Singers as auditions are held throughout each semester.
Founded in 1940, Iona University is a master's-granting private, Catholic, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers. Iona's 45-acre New Rochelle campus and 28-acre Bronxville campus are just 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. With a total enrollment of nearly 4,000 students and an alumni base of over 50,000 around the world, Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona’s LaPenta School of Business is accredited by AACSB International, a prestigious recognition awarded to just five percent of business schools worldwide. The Princeton Review recognized Iona’s on-campus MBA program as a “Best Business School for 2023.” Iona University also recently launched a new, fully online MBA program for even greater flexibility. In July 2021, Iona University and NewYork-Presbyterian announced the establishment of the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences, to be principally located on the University’s new campus in Bronxville, N.Y. Supported by a $20 million gift from NewYork-Presbyterian, the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences offers a new vision for collaborative health care education, modern workforce development, and community care. On July 1, 2022, Iona officially changed its status from College to University, reflecting the growth of its academic programs and the prestige of an Iona education.