Bel Canto

The Bel Canto curriculum explores historical, theoretical, and cultural aspects of a wide range of repertoire for treble and women's 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 to the WPT website. Auditions for Bel Canto are held in April for the following academic year.

Announcements

  • Bel Canto's retreat will be on Sunday, August 27th from 5:45-7:45 p.m. is Shattuck 156 of the Lawrence Conservatory of Music. Please consider this a required rehearsal.
    • Those who need to purchase a dress should arrive no later than 5:00 p.m. 
      • Payment for used dresses will be required at the time of the fitting, please arrive with checkbook in hand. Used dress are sold on a first-come, first-served basis and are available in limited sizes.
         
  • Bel Canto's first rehearsal will be on Sunday, September 17 from 5:45-7:45 p.m. in Shattuck 156 of the Lawrence Conservatory.
     
  • Girl Choir t-shirts, sweatshirts are available for purchase online now through October 2.

2017-18 Dress Rehearsal and Concert Dates

  • Tickets for concerts will be available for purchase through the Lawrence University Box Office. Tickets go on sale two weeks prior to the concerts.
  • Please note: The Box Office will close on Wednesday, November 22 for the university's winter break. After this date, tickets for the December concert will only be available for purchase online.
December Dress Rehearsal
 
Date Friday, December 8
Time 3:45-6:30 p.m.
Location Lawrence Memorial Chapel
   
December Concerts
 
Date Saturday, December 9
Time 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Location Lawrence Memorial Chapel
Webcast 7:00 p.m. concert will be available to
watch online through Livestream

 

March Dress Rehearsal
 
Date Friday, March 23
Time 3:45-6:30 p.m.
Location Lawrence Memorial Chapel
   
March Concerts
 
Date Saturday, March 24
Time 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Location Lawrence Memorial Chapel
Webcast 7:00 p.m. concert will be available to
watch online through Livestream

 

Choir Materials

  • Girls must bring a black three-ring binder and two sharpened pencils to every rehearsal.
  • Music is the property of the Academy.

Concert Uniform

  • Black performance dress purchased by each participant.
  • Girls are to wear black, closed-toed, flat-heeled dress shoes, and black pantyhose.
  • Necklaces will be provided by the Academy and must be returned after each concert.
  • Post-style earrings for concerts are acceptable, no hoops.
  • Hair accessories must be small and the color of the hair. Hair must be its natural color

Electronics Policy

Cell phones, iPods, electronic readers, and other electronic devices are strictly prohibited during ensemble rehearsals and back stage during concerts.   If a family emergency takes place during a rehearsal or concert, please contact the ensemble manager.

The institution will comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and DPI's Nondiscrimination Provision for all students.

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