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2016 Contest Guidelines

Download 2016 Welcome Christmas Guidelines and Application 2016 Contest Guidelines World premiere: No prior performance of submitted work. Original carol: No arrangements or new settings of existing tunes. Eligibility: Composers of all ages whose permanent residence is North America. Form:…  Read more »

Jesús López

Serving as artistic director of the children’s choir at Valle de Chalco in the Estado de México and the principal organist of the Cathedral Metropolitan in Mexico City, Jesús López Moreno (b. 1971) has extensive experience working with school-age children….  Read more »


Rodrigo Michelet Cadet Diaz Rodrigo Michelet Cadet Díaz started his musical studies at the age of eight. Cadet earned his degree in Musical Composition at the Bellas Artes School of Music under the guidance of Hugo Rosales, Mario Lavista, Alejandro…  Read more »

The WITNESS Collection (4-CD Set)


VocalEssence WITNESS recordings showcase the music of trailblazing African American composers — the soul of American classical music. “In this ground-breaking series of recordings, Philip Brunelle and the artistic forces of VocalEssence have championed the nearly forgotten artistry of the…  Read more »

Program History

In 1991, VocalEssence created WITNESS to celebrate the artistic contributions of African Americans to the fine arts and to our common cultural heritage. By commissioning new works and programming rarely heard works by African American composers, we help broaden ideas…  Read more »

VocalEssence Chorus

The VocalEssence Chorus is an exceptional group of talented, committed singers from many walks of life: doctors, lawyers, nurses, educators, homemakers, business people, and others. Most have college level or higher training in classical music and voice. Chorus auditions are…  Read more »


VocalEssence 2017-18 Season Audition Information The VocalEssence Volunteer Chorus & Ensemble Singers will be holding auditions for the 2017-2018 season on April 29th, May 11th, May 18th, and May 20th at Plymouth Congregational Church. Please sign up for an audition…  Read more »

VocalEssence WITNESS

VocalEssence WITNESS is one of the nation’s premier initiatives celebrating the contributions of African Americans to our shared American heritage through concerts, recordings and comprehensive educational programs. Please visit the VocalEssence WITNESS Program History page to learn more about the background…  Read more »

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