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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 an exciting season of wonderful music from lands far and near planned for this season. In December our Feast of Carols Holiday Concerts will highlight music for women's voices and guitar with classical guitarist, John Mantegna as our guest artist. Carols from England, Spain, Germany, Italy, Mexico and the US will be featured. The Essex Children's Choir will be our special guest ensemble. We hope you'll join us for these festive carols and joyous songs of the season!

Bella Voce’s Heart Songs: Music of the World concerts in May will feature the American premiere of Heart Songs of the White Wampum a new four-movement work for women's voices with marimba by Canadian composer, Tim Corlis, using poetry by Canadian First Nations poet Pauline Johnson. These concerts will include Jane Boxall on marimba as our guest artist.

~ Dawn Willis

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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 choose “Bella Voce, Incorporated (Essex Jct, Vermont)” as your charitable organization of 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 HERE.



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April 22 - May 1 is restaurant week in Burlington. As part of the celebration, our good friends at Pauline's Cafe invite you to enjoy a wonderful meal at their South Burlington restaurant while helping to raise money for Bella Voce Women's Chorus.

Dine at Pauline's Cafe on Sunday, April 24th between 5pm and 9pm. Pauline's will donate 10% of the proceeds from the evening's sales to Bella Voce. It's that SIMPLE!

Pauline's is a very popular restaurant so make sure you call ahead for reservations or visit their website at, see their menu and make an online reservation.

Pauline's is located at:
1834 Shelburne Road
South Burlington, VT 05403

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Saturday, May 21, 2016, 8:00 pm
First Baptist Church, Burlington

Sunday, May 22, 2016, 3:00 pm
Stowe Community Church

Featuring the American premiere of Heart Songs of the White Wampum, a new four movement work commissioned by Bella Voce, the Elektra Women's Chorus of Vancouver, and the University of Toronto Women's Chorus for women's voices with marimba accompaniment. Canadian composer Tim Corlis drew upon the richly evocative poetry about nature by Pauline Johnson, a Canadian First Nations poet and daughter of an English immigrant and a Mohawk Chief.  Our guest artist is percussionist Dr. Jane Boxall.  Vibrant choral music of Africa and South America will also be highlighted.

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