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Bella Voce Women’s Chorus of Vermont is a non-profit organization founded in 2004 by Artistic Director Dr. Dawn O. Willis. The chorus of 40 auditioned singers, ages 18 to 70+, is based in Essex Junction Vermont and performs throughout Vermont, collaborating with local and visiting artists, as well as touring throughout Europe. They have produced five nationally released CDs. Bella Voce performs 2 major concerts in December and May and their smaller chorus, Cantiamo, performs at smaller venues and private functions throughout the year.

Bella Voce is considered Vermont’s premier women’s chorus and its ranks include music educators, choir directors, college students, and women who simply enjoy singing. A large component of Bella Voce’s mission is our outreach to high school and college students. Each year, 3-5 women entering music professions participate in our Mentoring Program. The Conducting Intern, the heart of this program, receives intensive professional experience. Learn more about our mission and programs.

Greetings from Bella Voce's
Artistic Director!

Dawn Willis, Artistic Director
Bella Voce has wonderful concerts of exciting and exotic music planned for this season! In December we are delighted to offer two festive Glorious Sounds of the Season holiday concerts with the Northern Bronze Handbell Ensemble as our guest artists. These performances will feature beloved carols and joyous holiday selections from England, Italy, France, the West Indies and the United States. A special highlight of these concerts will be the world premiere of the vibrant Mass of Saint John Paul II, a new work for women’s voices by Jiří Laburda, an award-winning Czech composer and emeritus faculty member of the Conservatory of Music in Prague.

In May our Holst and Harp concerts will feature the exotic music of Gustav Holst for women’s voices with harp. Holst, an English composer best known for his symphonic work The Planets, was captivated by Eastern music and religions and included references to both in his choral music. These concerts will include Holst's lush Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda and his evocative Two Eastern Pictures: Spring and Summer. We are thrilled to perform these works with our good friend, harpist Rebecca Kauffman, as our guest artist. Selections by Samuel Barber, Francis Poulenc, Moses Hogan and Sir David Willcocks will also be included. We hope you'll join us for these exhilarating concerts this season!

~ Dawn Willis


Auditions for our 2017-2018 Season begin soon. Visit our Auditions page to learn about joining Bella Voce.

A new, EASY way to help support Bella Voce

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Our fundraising campaign on is ongoing. For EVERYTHING you buy through the website, Amazon will donate .5% of the proceeds to Bella Voce. That may not seem like a lot, but it does add up - especially the more people that get involved and the more you buy - all year long! It’s so very simple to set up your new or already existing Amazon account so all your purchases will benefit Bella Voce. Go to and You’ll see Bella Voce, Inc. as your charitable organization choice. That’s it! It’s that simple! Then all you have to do is remember to use your portal each time you make an Amazon purchase online. Happy shopping!

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Our Spring Concerts: Holst and Harp
Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 8:00pm
at First Baptist Church in Burlington and Sunday, May 21 at 3:00pm at South Hero Congregational Church.

Guest Artist - Rebecca Kauffman, harp

Spring is finally here! What better way to celebrate than with Bella Voce's "Holst and Harp" concerts. Bask in the warmth of Gustav Holst's exotic music for women's voices with harp. Holst, an English composer best known for his symphonic work "The Planets," was captivated by Eastern music and religions and included references to both in his choral music. The concert will include Holst's lush "Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda" and his evocative "Two Eastern Pictures: Spring and Summer." The superb artistry of harpist Rebecca Kauffman will be featured in these pieces. In addition to Holst's music, Artistic Director Dawn Willis has masterfully assembled a potpourri of works by Samuel Barber, Francis Poulenc, Moses Hogan, Sir David Willcocks and the U.S. premiere of two pieces by Austrian/Vermont Composer Richard Stöhr.


Looking Ahead…

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Bella Voce 2017
Merry and Bright Holiday Concerts

Saturday, December 2nd 8pm - First Baptist Church Burlington
Sunday, December 3rd 3pm - First Baptist Church Burlington

Guest Artists - MetalWerx Tuba/Euphonium Quartet

Tickets on sale October 2017.

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