The Two Sisters
Maria Rosa & Carolina Carvalho are two sisters who exhibit their appreciation and love for music in every performance. “Due Sorelle,” which means "Two Sisters" in Italian, grew up hearing Italian & Portuguese music and began devoting their time to studying music. Carolina & Maria have been members of the New Jersey State Youth Orchestra and the Concordia Youth Chorale, wherein they have had the profound opportunities of performing in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, as well as prestigious cathedrals and venues in Italy, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic and Canada. Maria Rosa’s & Carolina’s training has been in classical music; other genres they sing include operatic pop, broadway, and jazz.
The two sisters are recent graduates of Monmouth University, both obtaining a Bachelors degree in Accounting & Finance, and a Masters degree in Business Administration. While at Monmouth, Maria and Carolina performed together, “Panis Angelicus” at the Holiday Concert in Wilson Hall and the National Anthem at various sports events. Although today the two sisters both practice Accounting & Finance, their passion remains within music. Maria Rosa & Carolina have recently performed in the Holiday Express Concert at Count Basie Theatre and private wedding ceremonies. Currently, they are both cantors and members of the choir at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Deal.
Maria Rosa Carvalho
Maria Rosa’s passion and love for music began at an early age. First playing the violin, Maria then turned her attention to singing. Maria Rosa has passed multiple grade level examinations by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (UK), in violin & voice. One of Maria’s favorite performances with the Concordia Youth Chorale was singing for Giacomo Puccini’s granddaughter at his home in Italy. While at Monmouth University, Maria performed as a soloist at the Italian Festival, performing for the Italian Consulate of New York, Dean of the School of Humanities and others including administration, faculty and students. Maria has also volunteered at St. Michael’s Church as a member of the angel choir. She has been a vocalist at private ceremonies and impromptu events. Maria believes as Victor Hugo once said, ”Music expresses that which cannot be put into words & that which cannot remain silent."
Carolina's love for music began learning to play the piano and cello. She expanded her love for music by singing. Carolina passed multiple grade level examinations by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (UK) in voice, cello, and piano. Carolina was also a member of Monmouth University’s Choir and Chamber Orchestra. Some of her solo performances include, “O Mio Babbino Caro” during the Inauguration for the University’s President, and “O Holy Night” at the Holiday Concert in Wilson Hall. Among the many performances with the Concordia Chorale, Carolina’s favorite was singing for Pope Benedict at St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome. Carolina has previously volunteered at St. Michael’s Church as an assistant to the director of the Angel choir. Carolina believes as Plato once said, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”