Bel Canto to visit east coast

Bel Canto will be traveling to the east coast this spring break on their annual tour.

This all-woman choir directed by Roger Guerrero is made up of 27 girls from the sophomore, junior and senior classes.

The girls will be leaving for New York City and Boston next Monday and will return a week later.

They will sing for alumni in New York City, attend choir workshops at Columbia University and Fordham University, and participate in a clinic at Boston University. They are also entered to compete at the Heritage Festival Competition.

There will be plenty of free time scheduled in for the singers as well. They are encouraged to take in a local concert, see the Empire State Building, visit Rockefeller Center, and do a little New York shopping. Some seniors will also use their free time to tour colleges around the area.

In addition, the girls will have the option of seeing a Broadway musical, a performance by the New York Philharmonic, or attending an opera at the Metropolitan.

“I can’t wait to go tour,” said Melissa Cohen ’08.

For the first time, the girls of Chamber Singers, a combined choir of males and females, are invited to tour with the Bel Canto girls, as their tour is canceled. Stacy Shirk ’09 has accepted this invitation and must learn new repertoire.

The trip will be chaperoned by Guerrero with math teachers Catherine Campbell and Susanne Lee.

This is Bel Canto’s fourth year touring. Last year they went to Texas and performed at various senior homes, missions, and workshops.

The girls have just finished performing in the Major Works Concert, and must memorize two additional pieces before spring break.

“I’m so excited for this trip; they’ve really earned it,” said Guerrero.