Bella Vocé shows Craig crowd music mastery
Practice makes perfect, and the members of Bella Vocé Show Chorus are working toward the best they can be in spite of all obstacles.
The a cappella program, which includes membership from Craig, Steamboat Springs, Denver and Salt Lake City, performed a small concert Saturday at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints that served as a rare rehearsal for the group in its entirety.
Bella Vocé, part of the worldwide barbershop music organization Sweet Adelines International, is led by Craig’s Jeana Womble and Anna-Lisa Glad of Salt Lake City.
Besides the large-scale ensemble with more than two dozen members — whose repertoire included renditions of The Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” and Billy Joel’s “For the Longest Time,” among others — the show featured smaller sets by four-piece groups, including Denver-area’s Deja Vu, Utah’s Imagine Quartet, Steamboat’s Sweet Columbines, and Kizmit, which consists of Womble, Glad and fellow singers from across the state.
Bella Vocé will be back together for the Rocky Mountain Region 8 Convention May 16 to 19 in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
While the group only rarely gets to perform as a whole, each member is tasked with practicing their vocal parts solo, working with recordings and staying in touch with everyone else as much as possible. The style may be unorthodox, but the amount of preparation shows when they assemble, Womble said.
“It’s really exciting for us to get together this weekend and see if this could work,” she said. “We really made a statement last year at regionals that we could do this, and we’re excited to see what else we can do.”
In some ways, the rehearsal technique works better for some members. For Mary Lynne James, formerly of Craig, it allowed her to step back into music after a long hiatus.
In introducing acts, James noted her career as a judge made for some stressful days, though being part of an upbeat and pleasant group helped her find relief.
“Music soothes the soul, so we hope that when you walk out of here today, you’ve enjoyed our music and maybe your soul’s a little happier,” she said.
With a show within a show, the actors of Craig Middle School are learning the value of stepping out of their comfort zones.