Bella Voce women’s choir is non-auditioned and consists of around 20-40 women, from beginning singers to advanced vocalists. They sing a variety of songs and styles, including folk songs, gospel, classical, modern compositions, and more.
The conductor for Bella Voce is Dr. Carrie Groenewold, Dordt University’s Associate Professor of Church Music and Organ, Director of Keyboard Studies, and University Organist. Carrie has previous experience developing and directing adult and children’s choirs in her church positions, as well as directing Kalamazoo’s Bach Festival Chorus, the Bales Chorale, and The University of Notre Dame’s Schola Cantorum.
Recent repertoire includes:
- I thank you, God, Gwyneth Walker
- Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down, Paul Caldwell/Sean Ivory
- Canticle of Mary, J. L. Ames & S. S. Leaman
- Loving Shepherd, Bob Chilcott
- Come, Ye Disconsolate, arr. Terre Johnson
- “Early in the Spring” and “An Acre of Land” from Folk Songs of the Four Seasons, Ralph Vaughan Williams
- Sisi Kushangilia, arr. Victor Johnson
- Gloria from Mass, Op. 155, Josef Rheinberger
- Oh, Think of Me, Elaine Hagenberg
- Faith is the Bird that Feels the Light, Elizabeth Alexander
Anyone interested in visiting a rehearsal of the Dordt University Bella Voce can come to the choir room Thursday evening from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Prospective students are encouraged to apply for scholarships. To receive more information, please fill out this form this form.