Mission​​

Bella Lumina spreads light, hope, and joy through the power of song. We present repertoire of high artistic quality that delivers a powerful message through illuminating texts and inspirational arrangements showcasing the extraordinary beauty of treble voices.

Vision

 

We bring our voices together in song to inspire our members, our audiences and our world. 

 

It is our desire to fill one another with light, hope and joy in our formal concerts and in our outreach to the community through singing a variety of musical genres and styles.

 

We believe the human spirit thrives when working in community toward something that is bigger than our individual selves and when hearts are connected through the beauty of music.

Meet

Michelle Gehrz 

Artistic Director

 

Michelle is a passionate music educator, choral conductor, pianist and organist who loves working with musicians of all ages! She leads groups of musicians—whether in the classroom, on stage or in a church setting —with joy, humor, energy, creativity, and love.

Michelle received a Bachelor of Music degree in both Church Music/Organ Performance and Music Education. She sang with the St. Olaf Choir for which she was alto section leader and accompanist. Her quest for further musical study took her to the University of Notre Dame where she received a Master of Music degree in Sacred Music/Organ Performance. Later she would complete all but her thesis for the Master of Arts degree in Music Education at the University of St. Thomas.

 

She is currently on leave from teaching music in the Wayzata School District where she taught elementary music for seven years. She co-directed and co-founded the Wayzata Elementary All-District Choir of 80 auditioned singers. This choir was invited to perform at the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA) convention in 2018. Michelle is on staff with Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs in Bloomington, where she conducts the Con Brio, Con Spirito, and Vivace choirs, teaches a K-2 Prep Choir Class, and leads and accompanies their summer camps. She taught vocal music at Mounds Park Academy in St. Paul for 15 years and started the middle school and high school choral program at St. Croix Preparatory Academy in Stillwater. 

 

Michelle’s talents and passion for playing piano, organ, and directing have allowed her to serve many churches in the Twin Cities including the Cathedral of St. Paul, Mount Calvary Lutheran in Excelsior, Gethsemane Lutheran in Hopkins, Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis, Minnetonka United Methodist, and most recently as Assistant Organist at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis.  Michelle is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota (ACDA-MN) and is accompanist for many ACDA events/honor choirs as well as for Minnesota Music Educator’s Association (MMEA) All-State Choirs. Michelle will be the conductor of the Minnesota ACDA 4-5-6 Girls’ State Honor Choir in May 2020 and is currently serving as ACDC-MN Repertoire and Resource Chair for Children and Community Youth Choirs. 

 

Michelle believes that everyone CAN sing and SHOULD sing! One of her favorite quotes about making music is “Music can change the world because it can change people.”- BONO

Meet

Jeffrey Patry 

Accompanist

 

Jeffrey A. Patry is currently the Director of Music Ministry and Organist at First Lutheran Church in Columbia Heights, MN. In addition, he is on the music staff of Normandale Community College as the staff accompanist;  is the accompanist of the Con Brio, Con Spirito, Vivace and Concert Choirs of Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs of Bloomington, MN; accompanist for The Edina Chorale of Edina, MN, and Bella Lumina Choir, based in St. Louis Park, MN. 

A native of Hutchinson, KS, Jeffrey’s early organ study was with Mrs. Shirley Brandyberry. Jeffrey graduated from St. Olaf College with a B.M. in Organ Performance studying under Dr. John Ferguson and Mr. Douglas Cleveland. In 1998, he won second prize in the American Guild of Organists Regional Competition held in Wichita, KS. 

Jeffrey is frequently an organist/pianist for events in the Twin Cities and has recorded with MorningStar Music Publishers. He is a member of the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists where he serves as the Chair of the Professional Development Committee and Placement Coordinator. He also serves as the secretary for the Association of Liturgical Ministers and is the treasurer for the Twin Cities Chapter of Chorister’s Guild.

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