Shelly Winemiller, founder and director of the Bella Voce Young Women’s Choir, has announced she will leave the organization at the end of the current performance season.

Winemiller will move to Colorado, where she and her husband will start a holistic treatment center for health and wellness. Her last day with Bella Voce will be June 27, at the end of the choir’s tour of Greece.

Winemiller founded Bella Voce in 2007. “The passion that arose then and still remains today is to grow young girls into strong, confident women to lead their communities and in the world through the power of their voices,” she said.

Under the umbrella of Sing Out Loud, the organization now includes Bella Voce, Bela Fiore and the Bellettes, for different age groups of singers.

“Bella will always be in my heart,” Winemiller said. “When music is made and souls connect, no distance can take that away.”

Doug Carnes, director of the Great Northern Union men’s chorus in Minneapolis and a middle school music teacher in St. Louis Park, has been hired as interim director of Belle Voce for the 2019-2020 season. He and Winemiller will assist the Sing Out Loud board in the search for a permanent director.

“We know that Bella Voce won’t look or feel the same without Shelly, and that organizations must change and grow due to life decisions like the one the Winemillers are making,” said Ellie Starks, board president.

The annual Christmas concert, “A Bella Christmas: Rejoice,” will be presented Dec. 14, 15 and 16 at Christ United Methodist Church. Tickets are available at singoutloud.org.

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Tom covers primarily arts and entertainment for the Post Bulletin and 507 Magazine. He also often writes feature stories about local history. He is a native of Milwaukee, WI, and enjoys reading and traveling.

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