This gifted and committed auditioned group, known for its talent and wide-ranging repertoire, is a crowd-pleasing favorite in the area.

Acabella was originally founded in 2001 by Kathy Knapp and Heather Raker, who both loved to sing and were looking for an opportunity to sing again as part of a group. Thus, they formed Acabella, which combines the musical term, a cappella meaning unaccompanied by musical instruments, and bella, the Italian word for beautiful. The group is currently directed by Heather Raker and Carolyn Woodberry with Caroline LaMorte as a creative director.

Acabella is presently comprised of 14 women from the Lower Fairfield County area. Membership in the group is by audition, including musical exercises and a solo performance. Members’ musical backgrounds include singing in undergraduate and graduate a cappella groups and various choirs, as well as performing in musical theater, bands, and coffeehouses.

Arranged by Alex Garnett.