National Conference Brings “Choral Heaven” To Minnesota Audiences with Five Sensational Concerts

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (April 11, 2012) — VocalEssence is honored to host Chorus America’s 35th Annual Conference in Minneapolis, the “land of 10,000 choirs.” Running June 13-June 16, 2012, the conference will feature many performances by some of the region’s best ensembles, with an overabundance of concerts open to the public.


The musical feast will kick-off with a remarkable Opening Gala Concert at Orchestra Hall on June 13th (8 pm). The performance will feature works by Minnesota composers performed by 10 ensembles, as well as the Minnesota Youth Choir Consortium of more than 200 young voices, culminating with the world premiere of a new work by Stephen Paulus. Tickets for the Opening Gala Concert are $13.50-$43.50. For tickets and information, call 612-371-5656 or visit


The 2012 Chorus America Conference is loaded with artistic experiences that showcase the wealth of choral talent to which Minnesota can justly lay claim. The featured concerts will introduce audiences to centuries of music and contemporary composers. From early music to bluegrass, from chamber ensembles to a massed choir of 500, this year’s Conference performances will satisfy all and will be sure to leave a lasting impression.


The Opening Gala Concert on June 13 will be a celebration of over 20 of Minnesota’s finest composers and feature a number of the region’s wonderful choral organizations, including VocalEssence, Magnum Chorum, Minnesota Chorale, The Singers, Cantus, One Voice Mixed Chorus, National Lutheran Choir, Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester, and the Minnesota Youth Choir Consortium, more than 200 young singers conducted by MacAuthur Fellow Francisco Núñez. The performance will culminate with the world premiere of “When Music Sounds,” a new commission from composer Stephen Paulus, to be sung by a massed choir of singers from the featured ensembles — more than 500 voices!


The general public is invited to enjoy the many concerts being featured at the Chorus America Conference:


Chorus America - Gala Opening Concert
Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis
June 13; 8pm
TICKETS: $13.50-$43.50; available at


The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass
VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and Monroe Crossing

Central Lutheran Church
June 14; 8pm
TICKETS: $20; available at


Cantus and The Rose Ensemble
St. Olaf Church
June 15; 1:45pm - 3:00pm
TICKETS: $20; available at


Magnum Chorum and The Singers
Hoversten Chapel, Augsburg College
June 16; 12:05pm - 1:05pm
TICKETS: details available at &


Hymn Festival with the National Lutheran Choir
Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis
June 16; 5:30pm - 7:00pm
TICKETS: Free; details at


The VocalEssence Ensemble Singers will be reprising an audience favorite, The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass, on Thursday, June 14th (8 pm) at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.  Monroe Crossing will join the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers to perform Carol Barnett’s The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass in this concert which is open to the public. The concert will also feature Dominick Argento’s Walden Pond and the world premiere of a new work by Paul Rudoi, commissioned through the VocalEssence Essentially Choral program with funding from the Jerome Foundation. General admission tickets are $20. For tickets and information, call 612-371-5656 or visit


For additional information about VocalEssence or the Chorus America Conference & Concerts, contact Malia Cole (, 612-547-1459). For conference schedules and details visit