A group of students in black dresses singing on risers on the chapel stage. There is an oboist playing and a piano player playing. The conductor is front of the group conducting with a hand in the air.

The Bel Canto 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 Academy 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.

Auditions for Bel Canto are held in April for the following academic year. Auditions for the 2019-20 season are closed. Please fill out our interest form to receive information about auditions next spring.

 


Announcements

Announcements will be posted here and sent out via email.

 


Assignments

Weekly assignments will be posted here. Be sure to check your choir's webpage often to make sure you're caught up!

 


Choir Materials

  • Bel Canto singers must bring a black three-ring binder and two sharpened pencils to every rehearsal.
  • Music is the property of the Academy.
  • Singers new to the program will receive a tote bag that becomes theirs.
  • Additional or replacement bags can be purchased through the Academy office for the price of $10 plus tax.

Concert Uniform

  • Bel Canto will have a choice between purchasing a uniform dress or uniform top and pants.
  • Singers who already own a dress may choose to be fitted for and purchase the new uniform top and pants or continue to wear the dress they already own.
  • Bel Canto singers are to wear black, closed-toed, flat-heeled dress shoes, and black pantyhose.
  • 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
  • No uniform return is necessary at the end of the season.

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.