The Bel Canto Senior Singers Program was created in 2006 to bring the increasingly documented physical, mental, emotional, and social benefits of participatory choral singing to senior citizens in their own residences. Participants attend weekly rehearsals throughout a fall or spring semester, which culminates in public performances presented in their communities.
The Bel Canto Boy Choir allow talented young male singers the opportunity to perform while growing musically and socially within their own peer group. Known affectionately as (BC)2, the program emphasizes the development and understanding of singing skills. Music Director Ellen Shuler teaches musical concepts, theory, aural training, and sight singing at weekly rehearsals. Performances are held several times throughout the year. In addition to its season performances with Bel Canto Chorus, the choir has appeared with the Vienna Boy Choir, Chorknaben Boy Choir, and Midwest Vocal Express.