Marist Sisters’ College Woolwich’s talented a cappella group Bel Canto have won the inaugural AUSACA National A Cappella Championships.
The ensemble of 12 students in Years 9 to 12 placed first in the competition final held at Ormond Hall, Melbourne on September 12. They scored 270 of a possible 300 points for their performance. The group also won best Contemporary song and Year 11 student Nicole Debs, won Best Vocal Percussionist at the National final.
Bel Canto’s win continues a strong performance season in which they placed first in the NSW State final in May, along with awards for Best Ensemble (8+ Singers), and Best Contemporary Song for a vocal mash-up of Adele hits Someone Like You and Rumour Has It.
“This award is an outstanding achievement and displays the great talent and commitment of the Woolwich students,” said Principal Anne Anderson.
The name Bel Canto means ‘beautiful singing’ in Italian. The group became a Talent Development Program (TDP) initiative about two years ago in order to further develop students vocal and performance skills and confidence. TDP Bel Canto tutor Eva Spata said the girls produced tight harmonies, strong solos, secure vocal percussion and confidence during their national performance. It was the first year students from Marist Sisters’ College Woolwich had taken part in the AUSACA competition. They are regular participants in the Ryde Eisteddfod and rehearse outside of school hours.
The competition’s five judges described Bel Canto as a ‘well-oiled singing machine’, and praised the group for their excellent sound, choreography, body language and expression.
“After being the highest scoring team nationally and winning the state final in May, the girls did not disappoint,” Ms Spata said. “They wowed the audience with new song You Don’t Own Me, and an encore performance of their Adel/Sia mash up. They were rewarded for their professionalism and performance quality when they were announced National Champions at the end of the show. The girls are looking forward to representing Australia next.”