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 WITNESS program history page to learn more about the background and inspiration behind the program.
The WITNESS School Program offers in-school workshops with experienced Teaching Artists for students grades 4-12, provides teachers with professional development and classroom resources and invites schools to attend the WITNESS Young People’s Concert's, featuring VocalEssence singers in a professional concert hall.
The annual WITNESS Public Concert, part of the VocalEssence season subscription, features choral and orchestral music by African American composers or those who have been influenced by African American culture and celebrated guest artists. Often, VocalEssence often offers other related special events bringing guest artists into the community.
The WITNESS Recording Collection is a 4-volume series of compact discs that serve as an educational and historical resource showcasing a century of African American classical music.
The Reatha Clark King Award for Excellence and Youth Motivation through the Cultural Arts celebrates and recognizes outstanding leaders who are in the field empowering young people through direct contact, making a way for them to be as successful as they can be.
The National Endowment for the Arts and numerous private and corporate foundations provide annual support for WITNESS. To learn more about financial support for the VocalEssence WITNESS Program, please visit the donation section of our website.
For more information about WITNESS, contact Kimberly Meisten, at 612-547-1456 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
VocalEssence's WITNESS: Celebrating Cultural Diversity through Music
By Kelsey Menehan
"Shining the spotlight on VocalEssence and its remarkable education outreach program serving thousands of students in and around the Twin Cities."
What teachers are Saying about WITNESS
"The [WITNESS] performance was very inspiring and my students got to engage in a very rich musical experience in a very lovely venue. I could tell by their behavior that they were very much impressed with the opportunity."
- Michelle Forsyth
Franklin Music Magnet