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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.


Bella Voce Women’s Chorus - Vermont’s premier women’s chorus celebrating its 15th anniversary this season - is currently scheduling auditions for additional singers.  1st Sopranos and 1st Altos particularly encouraged to audition.  Visit the our Auditions page for more information.

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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This past month we travelled to bonnie Scotland and explored the country from top to bottom! We sang in some beautiful churches and made a lot of new friends.

Check out our travel stories and videos on our Facebook page and definitely subscribe to our trip blog at to see many more photos and stories from the trip.
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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.


We have a very exciting 15th Anniversary Season
coming up for you this fall.


“Glorious Tidings” with guest ensemble, Inora Brass Quintet
Sat, Dec 1, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Sun, Dec 2, 2018, 3:00 pm
Both performances at
Saint Michael’s College Recital Hall

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“They Called Her Moses”
Narrated by Louise De Cormier
Percussion by Tom Toner

Sat, May 18 at Stowe Community Church at 7:30
Sun, May 19 at SMC RH at 3:00

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