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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 35 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 the Director

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Bella Voce is celebrating being awarded the “Seven Daysies Best Choir in Vermont” along with our 15th anniversary with exciting concerts this season!  In December our Glorious Tidings holiday concerts will include delightful carols and joyous holiday selections for women’s voices and brass, piano and percussion.  These festive concerts will feature Randol Alan Bass’ exuberant Gloria which Bella Voce commissioned, premiered and recorded the version for women’s voices in 2011.  Another highlight this season is Ä’riks Ešenvalds’ Stars – a stellar work for women’s voices and tuned water glasses! The Inora Brass Quintet will be our guest artists. 
Bella Voce’s They Called Her Moses concerts in May will feature Robert De Cormier’s moving description of the incredible life and work of Harriet Tubman through dramatic narration and spirituals. We are thrilled to once again welcome Louise De Cormier as narrator for this extraordinary work which Bella Voce commissioned Robert to re-voice for us in 2013.  We performed this evocative work to sold out audiences and later recorded it for our Songs of Hope and Freedom CD!  These concerts will also feature delightful folksong arrangements by Vermont’s own Moira Smiley.  We hope you’ll be a part of Bella Voce’s celebration this season!


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Bella Voce is proud to have been recently chosen as Vermont’s Best Choral Ensemble in Seven Days’ annual Seven Daysies poll. Thank you to all who voted for us! We love you for it!
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Representing Bella Voce at the Seven Daisies Awards Party on August 3 were (L-R) Deb Flanders, Tour Coordinator; Linda Wheeler, Treasurer; Dawn Willis, Artistic Director; and Vikki Day, Publicity Director.


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In June 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 performing with the Scottish Gaelic Choir in Inverness, Scotland.

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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We are proud to announce the release of our 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 all our concerts.

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

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.



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“They Called Her Moses”
Narrated by Louise De Cormier
with Tom Toner, percussion

Sat, May 18, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
at Stowe Community Church in Stowe, VT
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Sunday, May 19 at 3:00 p.m.
at the McCarthy Arts Center Recital Hall at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, VT

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