Douglas Carnes - Interim executive and Musical Director
“Change the world through music.”
These five words have been ringing in Douglas Carnes’s head for as long as he can remember. After earning his bachelors degree in Music Education, Douglas went on to graduate from Five Towns College with his Masters Degree in Choral Conducting. Upon graduation, he took employment at Democracy Prep Harlem Middle School (DPHMS) in Harlem, NY where he developed a choral curriculum with a focus on the barbershop and A cappella singing art forms.
With the help of Harmony Foundation International, DPHMS’s very own quartet made a video that helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for young singers all over the world. From the podium to the bandstand, Douglas has had the privilege to sing and play all over the world. Some of his credits include playing percussion on Disney’s “The Lion King” on Broadway, and singing or conducting at Carnegie Hall, The Ordway, MGM Grand, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and many more.
From 2015 - 2018 Carnes took the helm, as the Artistic and Musical Director of The Great Northern Union Chorus in Minneapolis, Minnesota. An educator, conductor, coach and clinician, Carnes remains hard at work trying to keep the whole world singing. Carnes is extremely engaged and focused on the “youth in harmony” movement. He is an active member of The American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), where he has presented at both national and state conferences. Carnes also holds membership with The National Association for Music Education where in 2017 he had the pleasure of presenting at NAfME’s Hill Day in Washington D.C. and in 2018, NAfME’s national conference.
In Carnes’s teaching practices, he believes in remaining real and relevant, creating and maintaining lasting relationships and keeping the rigor high. Carnes sincerely believes that in order to really change the world, the minds of today must fully invest in the minds of tomorrow. For more information please visit douglascarnes.com
Stephanie Nolting - Bella Fiore
Stephanie Nolting, director of Bella Fiore, holds her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. She spent seven years teaching choral music in grades 7-12 at St. Charles High School, and has recently decided to stay home with her three young children. Choirs under her direction have performed at festivals in Nashville, TN, Decorah, IA, and Eau Claire, WI. Stephanie has a great passion for unlocking the heart of our human experiences through music. She is blessed with a wonderful husband - PC, a son - Jonah, and two future Bellettes - Nora Beth and Martha Sue.
Laurie Priniski - Accompanist
Laurie Priniski is the piano accompanist for Bella Voce and Bella Fiore and holds a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Northern Michigan University. She has been involved in the local music scene of Rochester since 1988 as pianist/organist and flutist. Throughout the years, Laurie has accompanied numerous area choirs, soloists and musical theater productions. She is an active church musician. Due to the encouragement of a wonderful music teacher, Laurie began playing organ in her local parish church at the age of ten. She is currently blessed to be an accompanist at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Rochester. With the support and sacrificial love of her husband and two grown daughters, Laurie has enjoyed 30 years of teaching gifted piano and flute students at her Rochester home music studio.
Shelly Winemiller - Founder emeritus
Shelly Winemiller holds a Bachelor of Music Therapy degree from University of WI - Eau Claire. She completed graduate studies at Adler Graduate School of Psychology and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has worked in several therapy settings and founded a private practice here in Rochester. She was named Rochester’s “Extraordinary Woman” artist in 2008 and received the first-ever Ardee Award for “Outstanding Arts in Youth” from the Mayor in 2013 for her work with Bella. In 2007, she founded Bella Voce. The choir has traveled regionally in the Midwest as well as abroad, to Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, Hungary, and now to Greece in the summer of 2019. Bella was honored in 2011, and again in 2017, to perform at the National American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) conventions. Shelly was named Rochester’s “Extraordinary Woman” artist in 2008 and received the first -ever Ardee award for “Outstanding Arts in Youth” from the mayor in 2013 for her work with Bella. She has a strong desire to connect with people, to share in the power of music, and to teach truths of who they are. She continues in this spirit through creating The Oasis (OasisForHealing.com) as a place for health and wellness in Fort Collins, Colorado!