The Central Victorian Women's Choir Inc. was formed in 1999 by Christine Sass, our first Musical Director, with Jane Thompson as Assistant Director. Since then the Choir has enjoyed the wonderful talents and experiences of Andrea Cozens, Linda Browne, Kirsten Boerema and presently Laura Dusseljee as Musical Director. In 2004, after a vote by the members, we decided to use the name 'Women of Note' as our performing name.
The Choir has performed at a number of venues for a variety of private, corporate and community events in Bendigo, Central Victoria and Melbourne. Please contact the Women of Note Choir regarding availability to perform at your next event!
We are a non-auditioning, performing choir who meet weekly to share and enjoy fabulous music and friendship. 'Women of Note' embrace music from a variety of sources; singing traditional songs from around the world as well as classical, folk, popular music and more. We also find many creative and fun ways of performing including 'a capella', accompanied with piano, percussion, vocal ensembles and soloists.
By networking with other groups and choirs across Central Victoria and Melbourne, we enjoy a variety of singing experiences and also organise and participate in a range of workshops to extend our musical expertise.
Membership. New members, aged 18 years and over, are always welcome so if you are interested in joining our Choir, please email the Secretary, Yso Ferguson (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information.
The fees per year are $300. Visitors: first visit is free, but a payment of $10 per visit thereafter is requested. This payment will later be deducted from the annual fee on enrolment.
Women of Note is the performing name of The Central Victorian Women's Choir Inc. Under the talented and generous direction of Laura Dusseljee, the choir has grown from strength to strength and has developed a reputation for performance excellence. They sing an eclectic range of songs - contemporary, pop, show tunes, gospel, sacred and classical.
This dynamic choir has a membership of around 60 women who meet weekly to share a love of singing and performing together. This fosters deep respect and camaraderie and many lasting friendships have been formed. Women of Note love performing and they are regularly heard at community events such as Relay for Life, Mia Mia Big Sing and Bendigo Health's Memorial Services. They were honoured to sing at the opening of Bendigo's stunning Ulumbarra Theatre in 2015 and look forward to returning to perform there on 24 August, 2019.
Plans are already underway for 2019 performances - including hosting the choral spectacular, “Come to the Music”, in Bendigo on Saturday 24 August, 2019.
Rehearsals are held at The Salvation Army Hall, 65-71 Mundy St Bendigo, from 6:45 until 9:00 on Wednesday evenings during school terms. Women of Note has an inclusive policy of membership. No audition is necessary and any woman over 18 years is welcome. Please ring our secretary for further information.
We are a non-auditioning choir and always looking for new members (over 18 years). Please contact our secretary for further information.
T: 0430 978 977
20th Birthday Party
Fortuna Villa, 23/03/2019
in 2019 we celebrated our 20th birthday
The elegant ambience of Bendigo’s Fortuna Villa was a fitting venue for the 20th Birthday of Central Victorian Women’s Choir Inc, performing as Women of Note.
Over eighty present and past members were welcomed with salutations and a commemorative booklet. Beautiful melodies, played by accompanist Peter Butler, provided a restful backdrop to much laughter and chatter and a magnificent high tea was served in the Music Room. Inspiring speeches were delivered by President, Valerie Lovejoy, Music Director, Laura Dusseljee, Founder of CVWC, Christine Sass, and Jenny Mann and Murene Cassai. All spoke of their love of WoN, of its journey and growth, of its challenges and rewards.
Jenny and Murene, Joan Corner, Jenny Williams and Kate Parsons, all proud members since the choir began in 1999, were honoured and presented with a 20 Year Badge.
A two tiered birthday cake, decorated with the WoN logo, was a special treat and Laura and Christine shared the honour of cutting it. To top off this amazing day, WoN gave a delightful performance which included the challenging Eternity and the whimsical A Little Duck!
Photographic memorabilia was screened in the adjoining Conservatory, evoking many fond memories – these wonderful twenty years are certainly worth celebrating and we did it in style!
Many thanks go to MC Anita Butters for leading such an interesting programme and keeping it to time and the working party for putting together such a wonderful afternoon!
2013 - Ihlombe! Choral Festival, South Africa
2014 - Adelaide Performance with Illumina Choir
2015 - Serenade! Washington DC Choral Festival U.S.A.
2016 - Sing Aotearoa, Rotorua, New Zealand
2020 - Italy & Austria