Bel Canto Girl Choir (Grades 10-12, auditioned)
The Bel Canto (bel CAHN-toe) curriculum explores historical, theoretical, and cultural aspects of a wide range of repertoire for older, advanced treble choirs. Bel Canto singers prepare music for multiple performances per year, including both the fall and spring Girl Choir concerts. Bel Canto was recently awarded Second Place in the national American Prize competition, has been invited to perform at several state and regional conventions of choral conductors, and has appeared as the guest artist with the Monteverdi Master Chorale (Stevens Point), St. Marys Youth Choir (Ontario, Canada), Viking Choral Festival, newVoices (formerly White Heron Chorale), Makaroff Youth Ballet, Lawrence University choirs and orchestra, and for the Sing Out Loud! and PIPFest women's choir festivals in Minnesota. They have appeared on Wisconsin Public Television and have a performance permanently linked to the WPT website.
Students registered for Community Music School ensembles are also expected to participate in a curricular (during the school day, for credit) performing musical ensemble when available; Bel Canto should not substitute for curricular music programs.
Due to what we know about the virus and its spread through orally-emitted aerosols, it's clear that we cannot begin the year safely with in-person choral instruction. Girl Choir teacher-conductors have been hard at work creating a plan that will allow us to begin the year with an online experience and easily pivot to in-person rehearsals as soon as it is safe to do so.
We are excited to announce that registered Cantabile and Bel Canto singers will have the opportunity to participate in several unique experiences. Over the course of the year, we will host exchanges with treble choirs in different parts of the country including RISE Chorales out of Savannah, Georgia. We will also welcome choral professionals to join us in our rehearsal process which will give our singers the opportunity to work with conductors, composers, and educators with a wide range of expertise.
In addition, the Children of the World in Harmony Festival, an international children's choir festival we participated in ten years ago, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in Petoskey, Michigan in July of 2021. Although it is unclear whether or not the festival will be held in person, and similarly unclear if it will be safe to sing together or travel by then, the festival organizers are also building a virtual festival. We have been invited to participate due to our success ten years ago.
If singing and travel is safe, we will bus north to the beautiful Lake Michigan shore town of Petoskey. We will sing in a massed choir with singers from other choirs and a guest conductor. Should it be unsafe to travel or sing in person, we will still be able to participate as virtual choir members of a massed choir as well as a virtual combined Cantabile/Bel Canto choir. Please note that this festival, as with any tours, will have additional fees. We are excited to provide these unique opportunities during an unusual year of choral instruction and will provide further details upon your Girl Choir registration.
Audition requests are open for the 2020-21 season. Click the button below for more information and signup.
Tuition assistance is available to families who demonstrate financial need.