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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
This season Bella Voce is presenting exciting and evocative music that will stir the spirit and sooth the soul! In December our Merry and Bright holiday concerts will include delightful carols and joyous holiday selections for women’s voices. We are very excited to welcome the MetalWerx Tuba and Euphonium Quartet as our guest artists. These concerts will include selections by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Eleanor Daley plus premiers of festive new arrangements for women's voices and low brass instruments!

Our spring Sing Creation’s Music concerts in May will celebrate the beauty of creation as portrayed in the stirring music of Stephen Paulus and of Richard Stoehr, a brilliant prolific composer that fled Austria prior to WWII and, after teaching at the Curtis Institute came to Vermont and taught at Saint Michael's College. These concerts will also feature the music of Scottish and English composers in preparation for Bella Voce's upcoming trip to Scotland in June. We are thrilled to welcome the talented duo of Laura Markowitz, violin and John Dunlop, cello as our guest artists. We hope to see you at Bella Voce's concerts this season!

An 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!

Learn more about Amazon’s charitable “Smile” program HERE.


Dawn Willis on Conversations with Kay

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Bella Voce Artistic Director recently sat down with VCAM’s Kay Ryder to talk about Bella Voce’s beginnings, music, and future. Click on the photo above to see the interview in full.


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Bella Voce is excited to announce our tour in Scotland from June 22-30, 2018. We’ll delve into the history of this proud nation whilst exploring its breathtaking landscapes including Loch Ness and Glencoe. We have concerts scheduled at St. Giles Cathedral, the historic church that stands on the Royal Mile near Edinburgh Castle, we’ll do a joint concert with a Gaelic Choir at St. Andrews Cathedral in Inverness and we’ll be singing at All Saints Church in Inverary, a small village known for its castle used in several episodes of Downton Abbey.

We’ll be sharing our travel stories and videos on our Facebook page while we’re traveling. Or you can subscribe to our trip blog at
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Bella Voce, is proud to announce the release of its new CD, Heart Songs - Music of the World!  A wide breadth of musical selections originating from Argentina, Canada, England, France, Israel, Kenya, Romania and the United States are included.  This 19-track CD features songs by Gabriel Faure, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen, Eleanor Daley and Mark Sirett. The lyrics are drawn from a variety of sources ranging from a Canadian First Nation poet to revered authors and timeless Latin texts.  

Haunting melodies that linger in the ear along with rich harmonies and driving rhythms that stir the spirit are the essential musical elements that reflect the heart of every culture. Heart Songs features a diverse collection of vibrant vocal dance songs, tender lullabies, and songs of praise from countries across the globe offering a glimpse into the thoughts, hopes, dreams and values of people expressed through their songs.

The new CD will be available for purchase at our Dec. 2 and 3 concerts. These will make great gifts! (hint hint!)

Read the review in the February 28 Issue of Seven Days.


Bella Voce Performs in Scotland

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Bella Voce is off to Scotland in just 2 weeks! While there, we will be performing 3 concerts and also wherever we happen to find a listening ear. If you find yourself in Scotland between the dates June 22 and June 30th and are near one of the cities we’ll be performing in please come hear us!

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June 25 at 12:15pm
Lunchtime Concert at St Giles’ Cathedral
351 High Street, Edinburgh
Entrance FREE

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June 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Bella Voce & The Inverness Gaelic Choir
Inverness Cathedral
9-11 Kenneth St.
donations to Cathedral funds accepted on the door.

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June 29 at 7:00pm
All Saints, Inveraray
The Avenue Inveraray
Donations to the church accepted at the door.
Tel. 01546 602315

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