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Resilient Choir Performs via FaceTime for State Conference


Mount Si High School’s Bella Voce Choir and Choir Director Haley Isaacs continue to reinforce their strong reputation for high quality music making around the state.  In a unique performance, their dedication and talents resonated at the recent Washington State Music Educators Conference (WMEA).    

On February 16, approximately 33 choir members met at the high school at 5:45 a.m. to board a bus to Yakima, expecting to perform at the Washington State Music Educator’s conference.  Faced with treacherous road conditions and a closed mountain pass, the group was unable to make the trip and had to turn back.  However, thanks to a tremendous effort by the WMEA team in Yakima, the Mount Si women’s choir performed their concert over FaceTime, entertaining participants from around the state. 


“The reception was tremendous, and they received a standing ovation!” explained Carol Reitz, pianist. 


2018 Mount Si High School Bella Voce choir


Following their off-site performance, spectators at the conference shared the following comments:


Although the audio wasn't the best, the girls' excellent musicianship, technical skill, and expression came through loud and clear, and the whole audience was incredibly moved.” -- Dr. Tim Fitzpatrick, Western Washington University


“You made me cry at the end of Letter! Beautiful. Artistic. Meaningful. And the whole process of making this happen underscored your whole meaning of rising up and succeeding! Thank you. -- Dr. Boers, University of Washington


“The first concert session and one of the choirs couldn't make it over the pass to perform. 😞  But guess what!? They FaceTimed the performance and it was so inspiring. Ironically, they sang, "The Snow!" They finished with “Letter From A Girl To The World” and “Still I Rise”, which made me well up. They sang their hearts out for us even with what I'm sure was a bummer of a morning. Go Mount Si Bella Voce and Haley Isaacs!” -- Amy Ballard, Bonnie Lake High School


“Haley is amazing. A truly inspirational and humble colleague!” -- Andrew Jacobson, Bellevue High School


“Haley! Just saw your live performance! Your girls can wail!! Great job today!!” -- Soonja Larsen, Eastside Catholic High School


“SO PROUD OF YOU GUYS! It sounded so good - I can only imagine what it would have sounded like live. Congratulations!” -- Jonica Beatie, MSHS alumni


“Letter From A Girl To The World” into “Still I Rise” was amazing and powerful. Everyone in the room was moved! It still made me cry, even seeing it for the second time.” -- Annalise Sansburn, former long-term MSHS choir sub/alumni


“Haley, thank you for your performance. Even though you weren't with us, we were moved by your students. Thanks again. Awesome women's choir!” -- Joel Karn, Heritage High School, Vancouver, Washington