2013 Essentially Choral Reading Session

Saturday, April 6, 10am-1pm
Sundin Music Hall at Hamline University, 1536 Hewitt Avenue, Saint Paul
Open and free to the public

VocalEssence and the American Composers Forum invite you to the eleventh annual Essentially Choral reading session.  The following emerging composers were selected for this opportunity, which culminates in having their works-in-progress premiered at this public reading session.

Rich Campbell, New York, NYIf Ever There Is (SATB,  a cappella)
Ian A. Cook, Minneapolis, MNMissa Brevis Pro Pace (SATB, a cappella with divisi)
Brian Coughlin, New York, NYSanctus (AAAA a cappella) & Lux Aeterna (SSAATTBB, a cappella)
Andrew McKenna Lee, Brooklyn, NYThread and Fray (SSATB, electric guitar, percussion, cello, contrabass)
Caroline Mallonée, Buffalo, NYI Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail (SSAATTBB, a cappella)
Michael Schachter, Ann Arbor, MIHerbst (SATB, a cappella)

A unique opportunity for talented, emerging composers, Essentially Choral invites composers to submit works-in-progress, selecting up to seven winners each year, five chosen from Minnesota and the five boroughs of New York City and two from anywhere in the U.S.  During the weekend of April 4-6, the composers will participate in professional development, mentoring and reading sessions with VocalEssence Artistic Director Philip Brunelle, composer/conductor Francisco Núñez and the 32-voice professional VocalEssence Ensemble Singers to develop their skills in writing for choral ensemble.

This program is made possible through the generous support of the Jerome Foundation and The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc.


For more information about Essentially Choral, contact VocalEssence Director of Community Engagement Kimberly Meisten (612-547-1456, kmeisten@vocalessence.org).