Why do you have so many choir levels?

Our age-related graduated system of choir levels provides each singer with the opportunity to feel comfortable in rehearsal, to be challenged, to learn new ideas and yet not feel overwhelmed. Occasionally, due to a singer’s skill and level of musical experience, she may be placed in a choir level that is outside the grade guidelines listed below. Singer placement and advancement is at the sole discretion of the Artistic Director.

VOX ANGELICA (Junior Choir): Grades 1-3
A great place to start! Our junior choir learns the foundations of musical literacy, good vocal technique, and how to follow a conductor through movement and musical games.

SERIETTA (Intermediate Choir): Grades 4-7
Singers in our intermediate choir attend camp and continue to develop musical skills through vocal exercises, songs in two parts and musical literacy games. They are gradually given more intensive training with the senior choir. Girls in this level must be able to match pitch consistently, and have developed required musicianship skills in order to advance.

This is also the perfect level for high school-aged girls who have not yet had choral experience and need to build skills.

BELLA VOCE (Senior/Tour Choir): Grades 8-12
This choir is for girls who are musically ready for challenging repertoire, extensive touring and international competitions. Singer attributes include: an ability to focus for long rehearsals; a willingness to study the music in between rehearsals; a keen desire to work towards excellence; being a team player and a gracious ambassador for Canada when we travel.

ALLEGRIA (Chamber Choir): Advanced BV Singers
Singers in Allegria must also be members in good standing of Bella Voce. This smaller, subset group learns additional music and usually has at least one or more extra performances each season. These singers must be self-motivated, vocally experienced, and they typically read music very well and/or study an instrument other than voice. Admission is by audition or invitation of the Artistic Director.