Vocal Music

Presentation High School's vocal music program offers students a variety of opportunities to hone and develop their singing skills.

The vocal music program at Presentation includes two auditioned choirs: Bella Voce and Cantabile.

Vocal Music Program

Bella Voce

Bella Voce is the premier choral ensemble of Presentation High School, a private, Catholic school for young women located in San Jose, California. This choir program has enjoyed significant accolades in recent years, including Unanimous Superior ratings at the California Music Educators Association Large Group Festival in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016; invitations to perform in the St. Joseph’s Basilica of San Jose Season of Hope Concert series in 2013 and 2015, the St. Joseph’s Visiting Choir Series in 2015 and 2016, the San Jose State University Choir Invitational in 2015 and 2016, and were chosen as the featured performers for the San Jose Diocesan Choral Festival in 2014 and 2016.

The choir frequently performs for events on the Presentation High School campus and throughout the Bay Area. Bella Voce was accepted to participate in the Choirs of America National Top Honors Choral Festival at Carnegie Hall in 2014 and the Heritage Festival of Gold at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Los Angeles in 2015, where the group was chosen to be a Spotlight Performance for the closing Encore concert. The choir was delighted to make their international debut in 2016 as part of the Limerick Sings International Choral Festival and San Jose-Dublin Sister City Celebration 30th Anniversary Concert! Bella Voce has been chosen to perform at the upcoming CASMEC/CA ACDA State Convention in February 2017. Bella Voce is conducted by Ms. Julie Arthur.


Cantabile is an auditioned freshman ensemble. Previous experience is not required and all interested students are welcome to audition. Students will learn the basics of proper singing technique, explore various styles of choral music from multiple genres and time periods, learn to read music, begin basic music theory, and work on sight signing, rhythmic reading, and ear training.

Cantabile performs at school events such as the ITS Concert, Talent Show, Winter Concert and Spring Concert, and will perform at the CMEA Ensemble Festival in the spring. Members also have the option to take part in CMEA Solo Festival in the spring.

Members of Cantabile will enjoy multiple opportunities to sing with and possibly even travel with Bella Voce. Involvement in Cantabile will give students the tools to later audition for Bella Voce as a sophomore, junior, or senior if desired.

Voice Class

Voice Class focuses on teaching techniques involved with solo-singing, differing from choir by offering an individual focus rather than group focus. Previous experience is not required.

Students will learn the basics of proper singing techniques, explore various styles of music from multiple genres and time periods, ranging from opera to music theater to folk to pop, learn to read music, begin basic music theory, and work on sight signing, rhythmic reading and ear training. The course will conclude with a semester-end music recital in the Valenzuela Theater.



Naomi Hartwig
(408) 264-1664

2018-2019 Events

Fall Choir Gala

Friday, Oct. 19, 2018
7 p.m.
Valenzuela Theater

Winter Concert

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018
7 p.m. 
Valenzuela Theater

Advent Concert

Dec. 8, 2018
6:30 p.m.
St. Joseph Cathedral-Basilica
Downtown San Jose

SCU Choral Festival

Jan. 26, 2019
Time and Location: TBD

SJSU Choral Invitational

March 8, 2019
Time and Location: TBD

Spring Concert

May 17, 2019
7 p.m.
Valenzuela Theater


Workshop - May 20
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Valenzuela Theater

Auditions - May 21
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Room 102

CMEA Choral Festival

March 8
Time and Location: TBD