The Bearettes started with a small group of women in the Spring of 2001.  The ensemble was originally intended to be an informal group that prepared easier pieces that required little rehearsal and featured a soloist.  Since then, the group has grown to 50 voices and has performed at venues all over the East coast.  The ensemble is 100% volunteer (including the director); no school credit nor compensation is made other than the joy afforded when performing at a very high level.  Honors include performances at the Virginia Music Educators Association state conference (November 2007), collaborative performances with the Singing Men of Ohio University, Music Festivals, Inc. United States "National Grand Champion" award for 2006-2007 and 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, and others.  The ensemble has performed in New York, Atlanta, Charlottesville, Washington, DC, Virginia Beach, Athens, Ohio, and Myrtle Beach.  The Bearettes won a Bronze medal for youth ensemble performance at the World Choir Games in July 2012, and are the official choir of the Charlottesville Fire Department. The women have released a feature documentary film, "The Way We Are."

The upcoming year (2014 - 2015) looks to feature a push toward collaboration with other local women's ensembles, possibly including Albemarle, Monticello, and Charlottesville High Schools.  The ensemble also plans to reach out to the University of Virginia's Women's Chorus as well.  Fundraising must begin soon for a possible trip to Charleston, SC, in the Spring to participate in the 2015 Piccolo Spoleto Festival.  We are still in need of a printer recycling fundraising chair! Please contact Mr. Jennings as soon as possible if you can help!