Never Forget Your First Time
Saturday, May 9, 2020 @ 7:30 PM
An exciting concert program
featuring a repertoire list filled with numerous
exclusively written for women’s voices. The concert is a
complete program of premiere performances,
including several pieces commissioned specifically for Belle Voci.
We want your first time to be a pleasantly memorable one!
MEET THE ARTISTS:
Rachel Eaton, director
Craig G. Cannon, director
Jenna Hayes, director
Belle Voci is a community-based inter-generational women’s choir with a mission to enrich and educate its singers and its audiences, by performing varied repertoire that features challenging compositions in wide-ranging musical styles and diverse languages, by composers from around the world. The group was founded in the fall of 2012 and is currently operating in its 5th concert season. Belle Voci also uses choral performances as a means for social good, and supports causes that primarily benefit women.
In the last five years, Belle Voci has distinguished itself a choral music force in the Pittsburgh Arts scene, and as the only community-based volunteer choir for women in the region. Since 2012, the group has presented over 50 concerts in venues throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area including St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in the Strip District, Epiphany Catholic Church in Uptown, Northmont United Presbyterian Church in McCandless, First Baptist Church in Oakland, 6th Presbyterian Church in Squirrel Hill, Bellfield Hall of the University of Pittsburgh, East Liberty Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh’s Pentecostal Temple Church of God In Christ in Larimer, and Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland.
The Belle Voci organization has also spawned two subsidiary ensembles, a 4-year-old aCappella sub-group - Solo Voci; and a descendant choir for young girls - Giovani Voci, now in it’s second season.
Craig G. Cannon,
Belle Voci Artistic Director
Craig G. Cannon is the founder and Artistic Director of Belle Voci. He was the Director of Choral Activities at Fox Chapel Area High School (FCAHS) for 34 years and on the adjunct faculty of Duquesne University’s Mary Pappert School of Music for 10 years. He graduated from Duquesne University and went on to study choral conducting with David Stocker and the late Douglas McEwen at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona where he earned a Master of Music degree in choral music.
Under Cannon’s direction, the FCAHS choral ensembles were selected to sing at PMEA state conventions, the ACDA-PA Summer Conference, St. Patrick’s Cathedral (NYC), The Cathedral of St. John the Divine (NYC), Notre Dame Cathedral (Paris), and the ACDA Eastern Division Convention in Baltimore in 2000. Enjoying an active career as a conductor, singer, teacher, and adjudicator, Craig frequently appears as a festival director, music clinician, adjudicator and oratorio soloist for schools and churches throughout the country. In 2017, Craig G. Cannon was awarded Pennsylvania ACDA's highest honor when he was presented with the Elaine Brown Award for Choral Excellence in Pennsylvania.
He worked as the Director of Choral Organizations at Duquesne University from 2013-2015. He also served East Liberty Presbyterian Church as the Interim Music and Choir Director for one year. Prior to that, for more than twenty years he was the tenor soloist and youth choir director at the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church. Craig’s professional affiliations include the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Chorus America, National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA). Mr. Cannon is a life member of ACDA and has served both as President and Treasurer of the Pennsylvania chapter. He also completed a two-year term as President of ACDA’s Eastern Division from 2002-2004.