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SPOTLIGHT: Angel Reynoso
Anyone who has attended an evening or weekend meeting at the Neighborhood Preservation Center knows that the Center had, until last year, heavily relied upon our "meeting room attendants" to open and close the space and welcome the groups; in 2015 we hired our first part-time "Night Manager" to fill this role. Our capacity to permit organizations to have access to the Center and maintain the space is tantamount to our efforts, so the attendants, and now our Night Manager, are a very important part of NPC. Over the years, this pool of individuals has changed, made up of people with different backgrounds and professional goals, but each has contributed to making the Center what it is today. For this Spotlight, we wanted to feature one of our attendants, Angel Reynoso.
Angel is a singer/songwriter born and raised in New York City. He grew up in Washington Heights where he was surrounded and influenced by the music his family listened to; ranging from classical to Latin to Hip Hop and R&B. As he attained his Sociology degree at Binghamton University, he studied classical and jazz voice while performing with the University Chorus and Harpur Jazz Ensemble. A cappella played such an integral part of his musical education. You would find him all around campus performing with the 80's group, The Rhythm Method. Post-college, he became a member of One Guy Upstate, a Pop/R&B a cappella group that performed all over Manhattan and even competed in the 26th Annual New York Harmony Sweepstakes A cappella Festival held at Columbia University, where Angel was awarded Best Male Soloist. Other credits include voice-over work with the Community Outreach department at Sesame Workshop and backup vocalist/dancer for Genessa & The Selena Experience. In June of this year, he released his first album, Higher than the Sky.
In addition to his music, Angel is actively involved with the nonprofit organization Stupid Cancer. A nonprofit organization that comprehensively addresses young adult cancer through advocacy, research, support, outreach, awareness, mobile health and social media. Its programs and services serve as a global bullhorn to propel the young adult cancer movement forward. Stupid Cancer advocates that a cancer diagnosis does not define you and people should "Get Busy Living". In 2013, Angel was diagnosed with a germinoma brain cell tumor and he is happy to announce that he has been in remission for over three years! His song, "Stepping Forward", was influenced by his experience with cancer. All proceeds from the sale of this song are donated to this organization. One of his shining moments was being able to perform a special rendition of Stepping Forward with Stupid Cancer's founder, Matthew Zachary, at CancerCon 2016 in Denver, Colorado.
We have been fortunate to have Angel as a part of the NPC family and are thrilled that he will be our opening musical guest at our Birthday Party on October 5.