Baylor's Bella Voce Performs"By, For, and About Women"

Feb. 26, 2013

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WACO, Texas (Feb. 26, 2013) - Baylor University School of Music's women's chamber choir, Bella Voce, will present a concert "By, For, and About Women" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 in Roxy Grove Hall located in Waco Hall, 624 Speight Ave.

Bella Voce is comprised of 34 women and led by Lynne Gackle, Ph.D., associate director of choral ensembles in Baylor's School of Music.

Gackle has conducted All-State choirs in 28 states and has served as president of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) in Florida and the ACDA's Southern Division. She has written several articles for the Choral Journal and is the author of "Finding Ophelia's Voice, Opening Ophelia's Heart: Nurturing the Adolescent Female Voice," published by Heritage Music Press. Gackle was also awarded Baylor's Outstanding Faculty Award in Research in 2012.

The program will commence with French composer Francis Poulenc's "Litanies of the Black Madonna," written in 1936 in response to the tragic death of his friend, Pierre-Octave Ferroud. Faculty organist Isabelle Demers, Doctorate of Musical Arts, assistant professor of organ in Baylor's School of Music, will be featured in the opening number in addition to a sextet of soloists.

Other featured pieces include Javier Busto'½s "Salve Regina," Libby Larsen's set of three pieces "Today, This Spring," Gwyneth Walker's "Love Is a Rain of Diamonds" and a few other selected pieces.

The Bella Voce concert is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.

by Rebecca Malzahn , student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.

ABOUT THE BAYLOR SCHOOL OF MUSIC

The Baylor University School of Music provides transformational experiences that prepare students for careers in music. Students thrive in a Christian environment characterized by a nurturing resident faculty, an unwavering pursuit of musical excellence, a global perspective, dedication to service, and devotion to faith. They investigate the rich musical and cultural heritage of the past, develop superior musical skills and knowledge in the present, and explore and create new modes of musical expression for the future. While preparing for future leadership roles, students join with School of Music faculty in enhancing the quality of community life, enriching the larger culture, and making Baylor a place in which heart, mind and soul coalesce.

The School of Music of Baylor University is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music and the Texas Association of Music Schools. Degree programs leading to the bachelor of music education degree conform to certification requirements of the Texas Education Agency.

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