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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

Season Subscriptions Now Available

Order Season tickets to our December 2016 and May 2017 concerts now and save up to 20%!
To purchase both concerts at the subscription discount, go to and fill out the online order form for your December concert tickets first. You will be prompted with the option to adding our May concert ticket to your cart. Once you do that, the subscription discount will automatically be applied. It’s that simple!

Season subscriptions can only be purchased through the Flynn regional Box office (Flynntix). This offer will expire after December 2, 2016. Please note: Flynntix charges an additional fee for online purchases and these are applied after the subscription discount.

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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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Bella Voce’s Annual Tag Sale is coming up on Saturday, September 17, from 8am to 2pm at the Faith United Methodist Church at 899 Dorset Street in South Burlington. Everything is indoors. RAIN OR SHINE!

See what special treasures await you!

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Cathedral Arts presents Bella Voce Women's Chorus of Vermont's "Shakespeare, Spirituals and a Little Jazz" Concert on October 23rd at 4:00pm.

This concert includes settings of William Shakespeare's texts in honor of the 400th anniversary of his death. Also featured in the concert are rousing selections for women's voices from Africa, Argentina, Canada and the Czech Republic. Lively spirituals and a little jazz round out the performance. Come and spend a lovely fall afternoon with Vermont's premiere women's chorus. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students.

Cathedral Church of Saint Paul, 2 Cherry Street, Burlington

Learn more at Cathedral Arts.

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ROBERT SHAW – Man of Many Voices

Bella Voce and Solaris Vocal Ensemble are hosting a free screening of this very special documentary film
Sunday, October 30 at 3:00pm
Alumni Auditorium
Champlain College, Burlington
Robert Shaw - Man of Many Voices is a documentary film about the life and legacy of Robert Shaw, music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, for over 20 years. Shaw’s career path was highly un-usual. Without any formal music background, his career in both popular and classical music skyrocketed, first on radio with Fred Waring, and later at the side of celebrity maestros Arturo Toscanini and George Szell before coming to Atlanta. There, he grew the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus into a world-class ensemble, winning numerous prestigious awards. Learn More…

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Our Annual Holiday Concert: Glorious Sounds of the Season
Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 8:00pm and Sunday, December 4 at 3:00pm both at First Baptist Church in Burlington
Guest Artists - Northern Bronze Handbell Ensemble

Bella Voce's annual holiday concerts are always the highlight of the season for many area concertgoers. Along with traditional carols and the world premiere of Missa Sancti Joannis Paul II by Czech composer, Jiří Laburda, the choir will be joined by the Northern Bronze Handbell Ensemble. Don't miss this festive annual event!


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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

Bella Voce’s Holst and Harp concerts in May will feature the exotic music of Gustav Holst for women’s voices with harp including Holst's Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda and Two Eastern Pictures: Spring and Summer. Selections by Samuel Barber, Francis Poulenc, Moses Hogan and Sir David Willcocks will also be included.

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