Columbia Choirs of Metropolitan Seattle

Bel Canto

Bel Canto

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Bel Canto is the advanced performing group for children in Columbia Choirs. Fast-paced, enjoyable rehearsals involve advanced singing technique, sight-singing and ear training, and a wide range of musical repertoire in three or more voice parts and multiple languages. Singers in Bel Canto are held to a high standard as an individual and a member of the larger group, developing the necessary skills to become better leaders and work in a collaborative environment.

Bel Canto performs in the Columbia Choirs concert series and in the community throughout the year. The choir also tours throughout the United States and across the globe, participating in festivals and placing high in competitions. Previous tours have taken Bel Canto singers to Italy, England, South Korea, Canada, Florida, and Austria. Singers will be invited to sing with Bel Canto through a choir placement appointment or by promotion from Ragazzi or Lyrica.

6th–9th grade*

*Stated grade levels are approximate. Placement and promotion into Bel Canto is based upon age, musical skill, and behavior.

Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Redmond, WA (Education Hill) 

$160 / month (September-June)
Learn more about all costs to participate and available financial aid.

Katrina Turman

Artistic Director, Cantabile and Bel Canto Conductor

Katrina Turman (she/her) is a native of California and an alumnus of the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir, where she began singing at age five. Prior to coming to Columbia Choirs, Katrina was an assistant conductor for the San Francisco Girls Chorus where she conducted numerous concerts at Davies Symphony Hall. Katrina has also taught at the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir in Oakland, CA and the Bellevue Youth Choir in Bellevue, WA. In addition to conducting, Katrina was a professional singer of the Munich Bach Choir in Europe. Katrina is a fervent advocate of the relevance of children’s choral music and was published in the American Choral Directors Association’s Choral Journal (2021) with an article titled, “Children’s Choral Repertoire with Highlighted Pedagogical Elements.” Katrina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of Oregon, a Post-Graduate certificate from the Kodály Institute, and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington.


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