Amira Aldewick wishes she would have been more involved in choral groups while in high school at Lee’s Summit West. “I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until my senior year of high school that I joined choir.”
After leaving for college at Missouri State University “A Cub Bella” a ladies a capella singing group gave her the chance to continue a passion for choral music at the collegiate level. And this weekend Aldewick will get a chance to share that passion with the Lee’s Summit community.
“A Cub Bella” will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the First Baptist Church of Lee’s Summit, 2 NE Douglas Street. A Cub Bella sings a variety of music from gospel to pop, country to jazz and everywhere in between. Most songs currently are considered to be in the pop and country genre and many songs have choreography. There are currently 14 girls in the group, the only requirement being that those in the group are enrolled in one credit hour at Missouri State. The club got its start in 2002 by a group of girls interested in a cappella music. The boy’s group, “The Beartones,” had started previously and the ladies felt it was time to start their own group.
The ladies compete in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella each year. In 2013 they placed third at quarterfinals and first in quarterfinals in 2012 advancing to semifinals. The group performs for Missouri State student organizations, non-profits and charities for free, all other events are charged at an hourly rate. Most of their funding comes from CD sales. They released a new CD last spring entitled “Ten Minutes Late.”