Tag: Girl Choir

Spirited Songs Airing in June on WPT

Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) will feature the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center 10th-Anniversary concert, Spirited Songs: A Choral Celebration in several broadcasts in June. The concert, recorded in February, showcases performances by the Appleton-area’s leading choral organizations — the Lawrence Academy Girl Choir, the Appleton Boychoir, and the White Heron Chorale — as well as combo performances and a finale of all 260 voices on stage with an audience sing-along.

The Bel Canto and Allegretto choirs of the Girl Choir program participated in the choral extravaganza. “As WPT shines a spotlight on our programs and programs like ours in other communities, it celebrates the ways in which the arts remain a vital part of our human experience,” says Karen Bruno, conductor of Bel Canto, artistic director of the Girl Choir program, and director of the Academy of Music.

WPT also will provide songs, not included in the broadcast, and interviews with some of the young choir members at wpt.org on the Web.

Spirited Songs: A Choral Celebration is part of WPT’s multiyear Young Performers Initiative that celebrates Wisconsin’s young artists.



On air

8 p.m. June 3, WPT

4 p.m. June 8, WPT

9 p.m. June 26, Wisconsin Channel

12 a.m. June 27, Wisconsin Channel

12 p.m. June 29, Wisconsin Channel



Streamed live at:


9 p.m. June 26

12 a.m. June 27

12 p.m. June 29


Visit wpt.org for special web extras not seen in the broadcast.

Girl Choir to sing at Fox Cities PAC in Spirited Songs

In honor of the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center’s 10th Anniversary, voices of all ages will join together onstage to present an  an unprecedented salute to the human voice in Spirited Songs: A Celebration of Choral Music.
The concert will feature the Appleton Boychoir, the Bel Canto and Allegretto choirs of the Lawrence Academy Girl Choir, and the White Heron Chorale in a rare ensemble performance. Spirited Songs highlights the best of each group and combines their talents for a spectacular choral event. Tickets for the concert, to be held Saturday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the Fox Cities PAC, are available through Center’s ticket office or by calling (920) 730-3760. Please mention “Girl Choir” when purchasing tickets so the Academy will receive credit for your ticket purchase.


Bel Canto Girl Choir Places Second in National Competition

The Lawrence Academy of Music‘s 56-member Bel Canto Girl Choir, the high school component of the Academy’s 330-member Girl Choir, earned second-place honors in the 2012 national American Prize in Choral Performance competition.

Conducted by the Connecticut-based Hat City Music Theater, Inc., the American Prize supports national competitions for the best recorded performances of music by ensembles and individuals each year in the United States at the professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school levels.

Karen Bruno, director of the Academy of Music and the Girl Choir program, submitted more than 30 minutes of music culled from a variety of the choir’s recent performances for the national competition.

“We are thrilled to have earned this recognition, particularly as it is named the ‘American Prize.’” said Bruno. “The Academy Girl Choir program is proud to represent the Fox Cities and Wisconsin with this award. Our singers hail from a wide geographic area, attend public, parochial and home schools, and have families representing a wide range of income levels. Our scholarship program ensures that access to the Academy Girl Choir program is available to any girl who wishes to participate.  We are truly a cross-section of our community; we are the Fox Valley’s girl choir program. On behalf of our singers, sincere thanks to the parents, teachers, and community members who have supported us for more than 20 years.”

The Girl Choir program provides quality choral opportunities for more than 300 girls throughout the Fox Valley region. Through the study and performance of the highest quality music, girls develop vocal technique, musical skills, creativity, expressive artistry, and an awareness of various cultures.  The Girl Choir program strives to create an atmosphere that encourages girls to respect the uniqueness of others, to take risks that foster individual growth and to continue their development into self-assured young women.


Bel Canto Named Semi-Finalist in The American Prize

Bel Canto, the high school level choir of the Academy Girl Choir program, has been named one of three semi-finalists  for the Youth/High School choral division of The American Prize in Choral Performance, 2012.

 The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit national competitions providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances of music by ensembles and individuals each year in the United States at the professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school levels. Administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Danbury, Connecticut, The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually.


Cantabile Girl Choir to Sing at Carnegie Hall

Cantabile, the middle school component of the Lawrence Academy Girl Choir program, has been invited to participate in the 2012 National Children’s Choir at Carnegie Hall.  On Friday, April 13th, they will depart for New York City to rehearse with internationally-acclaimed conductor Henry Leck.  They will perform on the main stage of Carnegie Hall, the Isaac Stern Auditorium, on Sunday, April 15th.  Cantabile singers represent the Lawrence Academy of Music, their schools, and the Fox Valley region as they live a performer’s dream!  In addition to working with a top-notch conductor, performing in the premiere American concert hall, and exploring some of New York City’s historic landmarks, Cantabile singers will have the opportunity to sing with and get to know other children’s choir members from across the country.  This experience is one they will not soon forget!

Photos and tour updates will be posted daily  to an online travel blog:


Be sure to check the site frequently and share in their adventure!

Springtime is Audition Time!

Participating in a large ensemble is a great way to creatively develop musical skills by rehearsing and performing with other students who share a love of music.  The Academy of Music has nine large student ensembles, including six girl choirs, two bands and an orchestra.  Membership in the ensembles is determined by auditions held each spring. Visit the Academy website for descriptions of each ensemble, audition requirements, and dates. Sign up now for an audition time by registering online (Girl ChoirSymphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and ASTRO)  or by mailing an audition form to the Academy.

Audition dates:

Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble: April 2 and 9

Academy String Orchestra: May 6

Primo Girl Choir: April 23 and 24

Allegretto Girl Choir: April 23 and 24

Intermezzo Girl Choir: May 2 and 3

Cantabile Girl Choir: April 21 and 23

Bel Canto Girl Choir: April 22 and 30

Let Wildness Sing

The Lawrence Academy of Music Girl Choir pays tribute to all things wild in two performances of its annual spring concert Saturday, March 24.

“Let Wildness Sing” will be performed at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel. Tickets, at $12 for adults and $8 for students/seniors, are available through the Lawrence University Box Office in the Music-Drama Center, 920-832-6749.

The program will explore nature, animals, emotions and fantasy in a repertoire ranging from Debussy’s “Salut, Printemps!” (“Welcome, Spring!”) to “Trolls,” based on Scandinavian folklore.

Featuring more than 300 individual voices, the concert will include an appearance by the Girl Choir’s youngest singers — 3rd through 5th-grade members of Ragazze, a non-auditioned training choir.

The concert’s theme is drawn from the program’s final song, which encourages children to be active participants in decisions that affect the future of the planet, and to reinforce the idea that one person can make a difference in the world.

For Love of Song and Nature

Brenda Rae, accompanied by Academy teacher Anna Reiser on the piano, will perform favorite arias this Sunday, February 12 at 2 p.m. in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel. Donations accepted at the free concert, For Love of Song and Nature, will benefit the Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust and the Lawrence Academy Girl Choir program.

Brenda Rae (Klinkert), born and raised in Appleton, developed her appreciation and respect for nature here. Her musical sensibilities and talents were richly nurtured in this community, including her experience in the Girl Choir.

Ms. Rae was awarded First Prize honors from the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, the Bel Canto Foundation, and Wisconsin NATS. In New York City, she has presented recitals as a winner of the Juilliard Vocal Arts Honor’s Recital, and at Carnegie Hall under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation.

Ms. Rae received her training at Juilliard after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Now a soloist at Oper Frankfurt in Germany, she is described as “a young American soprano on the threshold of stardom” (Hugh Canning, Opera Magazine, August 2011). At Oper Frankfurt, Ms. Rae has thrilled audiences with numerous leading roles including Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and Musetta in La Bohème. Last season, she made her highly successful debut as Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Ms. Rae also made her debuts last season at L’Opéra National de Bordeaux (as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos), and at the Glyndebourne Festival and the BBC Proms (as Armida in Handel’s Rinaldo). In Frankfurt this season, she gave her first, very successful, performances of Violetta in La Traviata. She made her debut at the Bayerische State Opera in Munich in January 2012, singing Konstanze.

A reception will follow the concert.

Girl Choir presents “Folk Songs and Fairy Tales”

The Lawrence Memorial Chapel reverberated to the splendid sounds of 300 angelic voices of the 6 Girl Choirs performing on Saturday, April 4th. And what variety was jam-packed into an hour and a half of singing, storytelling, dancing and playing instruments expounding on the concert’s theme “Folk Songs and Fairy Tales.”

A new feature was the live webcast on WLFM which made the concert virtually accessible to anyone in the world with an Internet computer connection. A record 69 households from around the world tuned in to hear the evening performance from such places as Sweden and the UK. Here is a sampling of emails received:

My wife & I listened live from our home in the village of Outwell, Norfolk, England & we would like to thank all concerned for an incredible performance, so very professional. Isn’t it amazing that Daphne & I could sit here in England listening to the live concert in Appleton. We listened in to the recorded Pre-Concert too & it was nice to hear a couple of English Folk Songs, I Had a Little Nut Tree & She Shall Have Music. We learned them at school a lonnnnnnnnnng time ago. Our friend’s daughter, Mackenzie Harrmann, was performing in Bel Canto which was the reason we had ‘tuned in.’ Thank you for making us a part of it & we’re now off to bed as it’s 02.40 in the morning.

I am so glad that you webcast this event! I am currently deploying to Iraq

in just a few days and as I finish up the preparatory training I was

overjoyed to be able to listen to my daughter sing. It was a treat to not

miss yet another event in my child’s life. Thank you so much.

Thank you so much for the broadcast of the Lawrence Girls Choir Concert tonight. We attend when we can – but right now we are in Florida and we could enjoy hearing our granddaughter sing thanks to you! Thank you! It was great. We followed along in the program notes so no commentary was needed. Thanks again.

Congratulations all on another banner year providing quality choral opportunities for girls in the Fox Valley region. Auditions for next year are happening soon. Check the Academy website for audition registration details: www.lawrence.edu/dept/acad_music.


Fred Snyder

Director, Lawrence Academy of Music