"Angelic" is the word most often used to describe the silvery, pure, sweet tone of Esther's vocal artistry. In 2000, she won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Licia Albanese Competition. She made her Carnegie Hall debut singing Handel's Messiah. In 2001, she debuted at the Metropolitan Opera singing Pamina in Mozart's Die Zauberflote. Esther has performed with most major orchestra's through the United States, Europe, and China. In addition to performing, Esther enjoys teaching lessons and master classes and sharing her knowledge and experience with audiences and performers alike.
Kids battling cancer or receiving bone marrow/organ transplants come to the Mayo Medical Center in Rochester, Minnesota from communities all over North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin – and the USA and the world. The medical treatments that these children have to undergo often leave them with compromised immune systems. Extremely vulnerable to germs, these boys and girls need a super-clean place to stay and mend that is still within reach of their doctors and emergency medical facilities.
Cy’s Place wants to build a new facility in order to make it possible to hold out a hand to more of these kids (and their families) by providing such a place. Cy’s Place seeks to be God’s hands and feet and to minister to families in need. The vision for Cy’s Place is to provide welcoming and affordable accommodations and support services for children and their families who are undergoing transplant and stem cell treatments at the Mayo Clinic and Eugenio Litta Children’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.
The need for affordable housing for out-of-town families facing the challenges of a child in cancer treatment at the Mayo Clinic is extensive. Cy’s Place honors the world-class medical professionals at Mayo Clinic who are helping children, and wishes to offer support by providing lodging for out-of-town families with children who are facing significant medical challenges.
Bella not only makes a difference in the lives of the girls who join the organization, but also strives to bless others.
Our organization lifts spirits through our annual concerts, singing at area churches and nursing homes, participation in choral festivals and outreach to patients at Mayo Clinic and the greater community, including orphanages and hospitals around the world.
During our spring concert each year, we feature a charitable organization of the girls' choosing. Through our sharing together in this way and now funded through a portion of ticket sales, we raise awareness and give back to those in need.
A unique and very memorable highlight of our 2015 European tour was spending time with staff and members of an orphanage and foster home in Bratislava, Slovakia. The Bella Voce choir spent an afternoon with the children at Detský Domov in Bratislava, Slovakia. Detský Domov is a home for Slovakian children who either have no family or whose family is unable to care for them. The Minnesota girls and the Slovak youngsters played soccer, made bracelets and though they couldn't understand each other, read together. By day's end, Detský Domov's children had learned to sing "Itsy Bitsy Spider."