Photo submitted by Dr. Bret Amundson: Bella Voce Choir

Bella Voce: Safe & Sound

Bella Voce Performs For The 41st Annual ACDA-MN Event

Breanna Cole

A group of 40 talented singers went to Mahtomedi, Minnesota to sing for the 41st annual ACDA-MN State Conference (American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota). This is a weekend-long conference where schools from all over Minnesota are selected to perform. This ranges from middle school all the way up to the college level.

This was undoubtedly a huge deal for Director Bret Amundson and Bella Voce as they had to submit three years of auditions in order to sing in this conference. That means Bella Voce singers from three years ago were in their audition tapes. This ensures that the choir group auditioning is consistently good. However, three years of auditions doesn’t mean a guarantee in. The choir group must stand out to the ACDA committee, and then get nominated to perform.

“There was a lot of well-known people at this event, so it made it an even bigger deal for us and Dr. Bret Amundson.” Freshmen psychology, pre-occupational therapy major, Emmie Basset, said.

This year, the College of St. Scholastica’s very own Bella Voce was nominated to perform in the ACDA event. Although this nomination was a great honor, it also prompted a very busy start to the school year for them, as they had the ACDA event and their own choir concerts on their plate. However, even with this frantic preparation, Bella Voce members remark that it was all worth it.

“Being a first year in Bella, I didn’t realize how important this event was until we went there. Then, I think going into it, we were all extremely nervous,” Nicole Myhre, freshman chemistry major, said. “However, Dr. Amundson gave us all a huge pep talk, telling us that this was the moment we all worked very hard for up until this point. He told us to leave it all on the floor and do our very best. And the performance ended up going very well.”

For freshman elementary education major, Madilyn Roeser, this was something she would never forget. Although she is a first year at CSS, this is her third year performing with the Bellas, as she began singing with the choir during her junior year in high school.

“The ACDA event was definitely an experience of a lifetime. We performed in the St. Andrew’s Church and it was so beautiful. Imagine wood paneling everywhere and then all windows on the sides. The ceilings were super high with wooden beams. Not only was it a beautiful place to perform, it was also a good bonding day for Bella Voce,” Roeser said.

All of their hard work has paid off in the end. Not only was this something to be remembered for years to come, this was also something that reflected all of those hours practicing.

If one is wanting to see Bella Voce perform at CSS, they have an upcoming event called the O’ Holy Night Concert. This will take place on Friday, Dec. 15 in a local church in downtown Duluth. Come bring your friends and support the Bellas, because they have been working very hard. They are a group that shouldn’t be missed.