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 held every spring, and returning members of the Chorus re-audition every two years.

Recognized internationally for its innovative exploration of music for voices and instruments, VocalEssence presents an engaging collection of concerts featuring the 130-voice VocalEssence Chorus and its core group, the 32-voice professional Ensemble Singers.

In addition to championing lesser-known works of the past, VocalEssence has an unwavering commitment to today’s composers resulting in more than 130 world premieres to date. Recognized for innovative programming, the organization has received the ASCAP/Chorus America Award for adventurous programming of contemporary music an unprecedented five times. VocalEssence has been honored with more Chorus America awards than any other ensemble nationwide, including the once-in-an-organizational-lifetime Margaret Hillis Achievement Award for Choral Excellence.

Described by Gramophone as a “beautifully recorded, exuberant, witty and touching performance,” the VocalEssence recording of Britten’s Paul Bunyan was awarded the prestigious British Gramophone Award for Best Opera Recording in 1988. VocalEssence has released a total of thirteen commercial recordings, including four WITNESS CDs of music by African American composers and artists all available on the Clarion label.  

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Updated July 2009