Last year I had the honor to become one of the founding members of SMU’s first female A Cappella group, Belle Tones. I sang in a choir in high school and participated in musical theater but I wasn’t sure that a vocal performance major was right for me. Even though I am majoring in Psychology I knew that I wanted to keep singing, so when the opportunity to audition for the group came up I jumped at it. In our first year we performed for the George W. Bush Presidential Center Groundbreaking Ceremony, singing God Bless America and the national anthem, we held Valentine’s Day and weekly lunchtime concerts, and even recorded in a studio!
This year Belle Tones is back and better than ever! Just two months into school we have already headed out on a weekend retreat, performed for private audiences, and competed in the SMU Family Weekend talent show. The Talent show was a great opportunity for us to show off our skills to the entire university and we ended up getting third place and winning a great cash prize! We are hoping to use the prize to pay for more recording time in the studio and to ultimately produce a CD.
We also occasionally collaborate with the male A Cappella group, Southern Gentlemen. They worked with us on the national anthem and we recently sang a few Motown songs together for a private event. Like most organizations, and like the SMU student body, our members come from all over the United States. We have members from Texas, California, Florida, Illinois, and even Hawaii! Belle Tones has been such a great way for me to find my own little family within SMU and I am so excited for all of our future concerts. If you have a passion for singing , or anything in the arts, Belle Tones is a great example of the way students can be involved in their interested regardless of major.