Denise Hainault: Congrats to chorus

To the editor:

I am writing this letter to let the people of Craig know about an incredible event that occurred this last week on October 30.

Craig has a women's barbershop chorus that has been established since the early 80's. Their name is Bella Voce, formally known as the Yampa Valley Chorus.

Through song, this small group of women has supported the area and the arts while keeping barbershop music, one of the true American art forms, alive.

Well, they certainly kept it alive at the Pepse Center in Denver last Tuesday. This little chorus of 16 members competed in the Sweet Adelines International Competition to an almost full house.

Only the top five choruses around the world in the small chorus division A are invited each year to participate. The other four competitors were from Columbia, Mo., Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Raleigh, N.C., and Newark, Del.

After a 15 minute mini show of wonderful music and entertainment, the "little chorus who could" came in fifth, but had scores right up there with the other four who were two to three times as big in numbers or more. I am so proud of this group and I encourage those of you who know these women, or who support music andthe arts, to congratulate them.

Letters or cards can be sent to their president: Jeana Womble, 85085 W. U.S. Highway 40 in Craig.

Thank you and way to go, ladies!

Denise Hainault

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