SMCHS Welcomes Princeton Nassoons and Alumnus Ryan Melosini '15 for Special Performance


The Santa Margarita campus was filled with glee earlier this week thanks to a very special visit from the Princeton Nassoons music ensemble, an all-male a cappella group from Princeton University. The Nassoons is one of the world’s finest collegiate performance ensembles. Founded in 1941, the Nassoons have sung its signature four-, five-, and six-part harmonies alongside the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, the Lettermen, and Ben Folds. They tour the globe three times a year sharing music, dancing and jokes with audiences that have included three U.S. presidents and royalty.  The group is currently made up of 14 undergraduates at Princeton University, one of whom is Ryan Melosini, a 2015 graduate of Santa Margarita Catholic High School.

Our SM chamber singers had the pleasure of participating in a master class with the Nassoons in the morning, which included harmonizing to the tune of How Sweet it is to be Loved by You. Following the master class, the Nassoons paid a visit to Princpal Dunne's office where their sweet sounds filled the hallways of the school for all to enjoy.

These morning events were followed by the feature performance in the Moiso Family Pavilion where over 600 guests including students, parents, staff and friends were delighted by the beautiful melodies created by this talented group. The tunes included such classics as Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World and contemporary favorites such as Ed Sheeran’s We Found Love Right Where We Are. As Ryan Melosini ’15 introduced Over the Rainbow, he shared that it was because of that particular song he was influenced to become a Nassoon.

Ryan Melosini spoke privately before the performance and shared how grateful he was to Mr. Calvo, Mr. Winn, and Mrs. Barth for their support and encouragement during his four years at SM, adding that he will be forever grateful to them for inspiring him and instilling his now life-long love for music. Following his graduation in 2019, Melosini will be working in wealth management for Deutsche Bank in New York City. Although not pursuing music as a career, he plans to continue working with his voice coach and singing in church choirs and other venues individually and with the Nassoons alumni in the years to come.

Special thanks to the SMCHS Arts Alliance for their sponsorship of this unique opportunity!

Enjoy this sneak peak to the performance in the Moiso Family Pavilion. 

Nassoons performing for Mr. Dunne and the administration.


Nassoons performing with SMCHS students during the master class.


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