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Bella Voce Heads to the Big Apple

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The girls of Bella Voce performed at this year's Talent Show. They'll be appearing at Carnegie Hall later this April.

The girls of Bella Voce performed at this year's Talent Show. They'll be appearing at Carnegie Hall later this April.

Barb Purdy

Barb Purdy

The girls of Bella Voce performed at this year's Talent Show. They'll be appearing at Carnegie Hall later this April.

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It’s every artist’s dream to perform here. The prestige, the ambience and the rich history of this venue qualify it as one of the pinnacles of musical excellence.

 

Which is excellent news for Pres. More specifically, for our choir, Bella Voce, who will be heading to New York City to perform in the Choirs of America National Competition for Top Choirs at Carnegie Hall later this month.

 

The opportunity arose while Choir Conductor Emilie Bertram was considering competitions for Bella Voce. “You have to pick and choose what’s going to be the best educational experience while providing fun at the same time,” said Bertram. “I decided it was time, we were good enough and we were going to put in some auditions.”

 

Two auditions were submitted, both accepted, and the decision eventually fell to performing at Carnegie Hall. But the competition aspect is over. “It’s not a competition at this point, you’re kind of past the realm of competition. You don’t go there unless you have a certain skill level,” said Bertram.

 

Bella Voce’s busy schedule starts off with an adjudication at a church in Manhattan, where the choir will perform its five-song repertoire in front of a conductor. “You’ll work with a master level conductor for an hour and it’s usually people who have been known for conducting internationally,” said Bertram.

 

Then, Bella Voce, along with the 17 other choirs present, will join one of three large choir groups. All choir groups will then perform a brand new repertoire in Carnegie Hall. To finish off the concert, the three mini-choirs (and “mini” is used lightly here, as Bertram estimates over a thousand participants) will perform a never-before-seen piece by Z. Randall Stroope.

 

With such a fantastic opportunity before them, Bella Voce girls have worked tirelessly since early January to reach top form. The pieces, according to Bertram, are “very difficult– on purpose. Because they can handle it.”

 

The girls have devoted their seventh period class to studying music theory, the history behind the pieces they’re singing and, of course, the actual singing. But that’s not all; Bella Voce also went on a field trip to San Jose State University.  Bertram explained, “We took the pieces, they weren’t fully ready yet, and we knew that, and we took them and sang them for Dr. Jeffrey Benson, who is the director of Choral Activities at San Jose State. And he gave them expert level feedback.”

 

Given the amount of preparation and the prestigious opportunity, Bella Voce is looking toward a fantastic experience.

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