Bella Voce Claims Gold

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Bella Voce Claims Gold

Bella Voce is all smiles at competition.

Bella Voce is all smiles at competition.

Emilie Bertram

Bella Voce is all smiles at competition.

Emilie Bertram

Emilie Bertram

Bella Voce is all smiles at competition.

Johanna Lazar, Reporter

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Their voices are like a choir of angels and they have the hardware to prove it. Bella Voce, Presentation’s very own choral group, once again proved their talent at the Heritage Anaheim Festival and the Festival of Gold in Los Angeles last month by taking home a gold ranking and a top four ranking in the competitions, respectively-making Bella Voce one of the best and most talented choral groups in the nation.

Songs performed were traditional choral canon music- “Laudums te” by Antonio Vivaldi, “J’entends le Moulin” by Donald Patriquin, “I Thank You God” by Gwyneth Walker, and “You Are the New Day” by Philip Lawson. The aim in competition is to showcase their various choral skills by performing a variety of songs in which they must utilize different singing techniques.

Choral leader Emilie Bertram said that Bella Voce reacted to the win with crying, hugging and tears of joy, but that she had been confident in her team’s success. “I suspected that we would be in the final concert because I knew how well the girls had performed, but there was significant competition and I was actually quite nervous while waiting for the decision,” she revealed.

Not only was the competition memorable because of the amazing win, but because there were memorable bonding moments as well. “Almost the whole choir went on the Tower of Terror together so that was really fun. We all took a group photo together, and that’s an interesting experiencing because when you’re on a thrill ride, real personalities come out,” Bertram said.

Choral president Megan Rositano ‘15 said that her favorite part of the trip was performing for adjudication in the concert hall. “It’s the best we have ever performed, and it felt so good to get up on stage and perform our best after all the work we have put into our music,” Rositano said.

Bella Voce’s future endeavors include continuing to prove their talent at future competitions to the point where Bertram says “they don’t have to anymore.” Bertram explained that the point of choral competitions is to prove your talent repeatedly until the choir is recognized and acknowledged as so skilled and talented that at a certain point, they don’t need to prove their worth anymore by entering competition.

Bertram also hopes for Bella Voce to be invited to perform at a divisional conference in the future, namely the American Choral Directors Association Conference. In addition, Bella  Voce will be going to Dublin, Ireland from June 7-16 in 2016 to perform in a choral concert celebrating the relationship between the cities of Dublin and San Jose, established sister cities.

Rositano summed up the competition as “incredible.” “I feel that we grew closer as a choir, improved greatly, and performed our best. It was fun and exciting that we went to Disneyland and bonded, then later found out that we had placed in the top four choirs. The experience brought us all closer together and I am extremely grateful to have gotten to experience it with an amazing group of people and an incredibly talented director,” she said.

Congratulations again to Bella Voce!

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