Bel Canto Children’s Choir
Bel Canto is the elite performing group for children in Columbia Choirs. Fast-paced, enjoyable rehearsals involve advanced singing technique, sight-singing and ear training, and a wide range of musical repertoire in three or more voice parts and multiple languages. Singers in Bel Canto are held to a high standard as an individual and a member of the larger group, developing the necessary skills to become better leaders and work in a collaborative environment.
Bel Canto performs in the Columbia Choirs concert series and in the community throughout the year. The choir also tours throughout the United States and across the globe, participating in festivals and placing high in competitions. Previous tours have taken Bel Canto singers to Italy, England, South Korea, Canada, Florida, and Austria.
Experienced singers will be directly admitted to Bel Canto upon audition or by promotion from Lyrica.
Columbia Choirs founder-artistic director, Steve Stevens, started the choirs in February, 1984. He is one of the most experienced conductors of community based children’s choirs in the United States. A native of Texas (Fort Worth), Mr. Stevens is a professional singer, conductor, adjudicator, clinician, arranger and composer. He holds a BA (voice and all-level music education) from Houston Baptist University and a M.Mus. in Choral Conducting from Southern Methodist University. He has conducted the Texas Boys Choir (1971-77), the Northwest Boychoir (1977-84), founded and conducted the Northwest Youthchoir (1982-84). He founded the Columbia Boys Choir (1984), Columbia Girls Choir (1988) which he joined together to become the Columbia Children’s Choir in 1993. In 1989 he founded the Columbia Vocal Ensemble, in 1999 the “Con Brio” Women’s Choir, and in 2009 he founded Concord Chamber Choir. Choirs under his direction have consistently won international acclaim for their high standard of singing artistry and musicianship. His choirs have performed in United States, Australia, British Isles, Canada, Europe, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Korea and Scandinavia. They have also appeared on national network television in the U.S.A., Europe, Japan and Russia and have sung for a President of the U.S., the Pope, and for members of the British Royal Family.