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The Sound of Christmas Music—in the Mansion


Performing artists from Asbury Park and a digital communications professor from Georgian Court University created an avant garde Christmas vibe on campus with the filming of 12 holiday music videos. The result? An unforgettable Christmas album that showcases local talent, new approaches to old favorites, and music across genres.

“I am endlessly fascinated with the history of Asbury Park and Georgian Court University — they are both very special places,” said GCU’s Marci Mazzarotto, Ph.D., who led the project.  “This is about making connections, and expanding how we interact and collaborate.”

A resident of Asbury Park, she also worked closely with Joe Pomarico, president of Telegraph Hill Records, Daniel Boulos, founder of All Love Productions, and the New Jersey TV and Film Commission. The Christmas project drew Telegraph Hill musicians and vocalists to shoot a dozen videos in GCU’s historic mansionall in one day.

Each Christmas song is on Telegraph Hill’s Volume 4 Seasons Greetings album, available on Spotify and YouTube, available for listening and watching year-round.

“Ultimately, we want to create deeper connections with the Asbury Park music community and GCU,” Dr. Mazzarotto said of the faculty-led project. “We have an amazingly spectacular wonderful campus. This was a good way to open up those doors.”

My Favorite Things/Carol of the Bells by Alexander Simone & WHODAT? is one of a dozen
holiday videos recently filmed in the Mansion at Georgian Court University. See the entire series on YouTube.

Aerial view of GCU.

About Georgian Court University

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 2,100 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 15 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates also make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings. The main campus is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students at other locations, such as GCU at BrookdaleGCU at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland Campus, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.

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