In 1957, the Bendigo Chorale was founded by Mavis Webster, under the name of Benola Singers. At the time of Mavis’ retirement, the choir changed its name to The Bendigo Chorale. During the forty years of Mavis’ leadership the choir not only provided fine choral performances within the city of Bendigo, but won significant awards in Australia-wide choral competitions.
As well as being a teacher of singing, Mavis was the classroom singing teacher at Girton College and the conductor of Girton College choirs. Those choirs achieved many successes in various choral competitions across Victoria.
After her death, the Bendigo Chorale established a singing prize in her memory. This is awarded annually to a senior secondary school student who shows vocal potential. The award now rotates between the three Senior Secondary schools in Bendigo.