The 2017 Bella Nova Award Winners and Board Installation

We installed our 2018-19 board today with the guiding hand and wisdom of Dr. Perry White, CEO of the Harmony Foundation. His take on leadership was so good that Richard practically tackled him to steal his written notes when he was done speaking!!



Our founding president, Christina, created a series of annual awards that are decided each year by the outgoing president. Our current president, Cat Lander, noted that she couldn’t pick just one person for each category, so she decided to award two of each!

Riser Diva — Niambi Powell Stewart and Allyn Powell

Fabulous Freshman — Alessandra Daigneault and Jennifer Bushong

Richard’s Other Wife — Teri Allred and Christina Lewellen

The Invisible Crown Award — Annie Ermlick and Melissa Hartman

Oh, and cupcakes.

The end.

We are official

In late October, we were officially chartered by Harmony, Inc.! This was quite a complex process that included having a minimum of 18 members (we had more than 34) and completing a bunch of paperwork and providing documentation. We have bylaws. We have standing rules. We have an interim board. We are official!!

The first few months of the existence of Bella Nova have truly been pretty magical. Our rehearsals have been surprisingly productive. Brand new barbershoppers and experienced barbershoppers are standing shoulder-to-shoulder under the direction of Richard Lewellen and we’ve already fallen into lock step in making some beautiful noise together.

As we head to Harmony Inc.’s International Contest & Convention (IC&C) next week, more than a dozen Bella Nova members will be in attendance. We’re looking forward to bonding with our Harmony, Inc. sisters!

We are energized about kicking off what’s sure to be an incredible journey!

Planning to join us?

Oh c’mon. We know you want to! Don’t be afraid to come out of the shadows and let us know that you’re flirting with Bella Nova. We don’t blame you. The whole thing is pretty cute, huh?

If you’re serious about checking out Bella Nova, consider filling out our Membership Intention Form. It’s not an iron-clad commitment or anything. After all, what if Richard Lewellen is SO MEAN that you can’t stand him for one more minute (he’s not!)? And what if Epic is so snobby that they NEVER let you wear their crowns at rehearsal (baahhaaaahaaa… we actually think crown sharing is good karma)?

We know you’re going to love the Bella Nova energy. We know this because YOU are going to be a part of creating it! If you’re lurking in the shadows, let us know so we can continue to communicate with you, and most importantly, give recognition where recognition is due for our founding family members.

Check out our FAQs and don’t hesitate for a second to reach out with any other questions you may have. We can’t wait to meet you, sister.