Belles of East tune the average Monday

Sara Ryer ('07)/ Eastside Art Director

Do you hear what I hear? On Monday, October 23rd, The Belles of East were heard chiming English hand bells during their rehearsal for the Fall Preview Concert.

The Belles of East are a unique group of fourteen girls ranging from Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors. Through the course of the year, the girls sharpen their skills at singing while playing the hand bells. Every Monday, the girls meet to rehearse with director and vocal teacher, Laurie Lausi. Belles is among the three “small groups” at East, in addition to Casual Harmony and the Madrigals.

“Belles is more than just an after-school activity,” says Emily Buickerood (08′), “it takes focus at rehearsal and a significant amount of practice at home to really help the group succeed.”

Because the group is so small, every musician adds something special to the overall harmony. Throughout the course of the year, the Belles perform at various venues, including many community service-based locations. From “belling” on the streets of Haddonfield to performing at elementary schools, the girls constantly display their talent. The group is currently focusing on Holiday music to perform at Longwood Gardens in December.

The Belles will be performing in the Fall Preview concert at Cherry Hill High School West on November 7th.