Baylor School of Music Celebrates Bella Voce Women’s Chamber Choir with Alumni Weekend Concert
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WACO, Texas (Sept. 23, 2022) – Belle Voce, the celebrated women’s chamber choir in the Baylor University School of Music, will present Bella Voce Alumni Weekend Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building. The concert celebrates more than 10 years of music under the direction of Belle Voce founder Lynne Gackle, Ph.D., director of choral activities, professor of ensembles and The Mary Gibbs Jones Chair in Music. This event is free and open to the public.
More than 100 Bella Voce singers and alumni will be perform as part of the highly selective women’s ensemble, which is comprised primarily of undergraduate and graduate music majors but also is open to non-music majors.
In addition to conducting Belle Voce, Gackle teaches choral conducting and choral literature and serves as director of the ensemble division in the Baylor School of Music. She is an active conductor and clinician, including conducting All-State choirs all over the country. She has held numerous national leadership positions, including past president of the American Choral Directors Association.
Gackle is editor of Choral Artistry for the Singer (Walton Music/GIA) and the Lynne Gackle Choral Series (Colla Voce). Recognized for her research on the female adolescent voice, Gackle is the author of Finding Ophelia’s Voice, Opening Ophelia’s Heart and is a contributing author for other books published by GIA, Oxford and Hal Leonard/McGraw Hill. She was awarded Baylor's Outstanding Faculty Award in Research in 2012.
Bella Voce performs a wide and interesting variety of choral selections reflecting various style periods and genres from the vast repertoire written specifically for women’s voices. One of the premier touring ensembles in the School of Music, the ensemble also performs on campus at the Family Weekend Concert, Fall and Spring Concerts, “A Baylor Christmas” and Armstrong Browning Library Christmas Concerts.
ABOUT THE BAYLOR UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Celebrating more than 100 years of musical excellence, 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 is celebrating the centennial year of its founding throughout the 2021-2022 academic year. Baylor’s School of Music is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music and the Texas Association of Music Schools. Degree programs include bachelor’s and master’s degrees in performance, music education and academic majors, as well as doctoral degrees in church music. Degrees leading to the Bachelor of Music Education conform to certification requirements of the Texas Education Agency. Visit baylor.edu/music to learn more.
ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked Research 1 institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 20,000 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 90 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.