VocalEssence Singing Telegram - November 2012 - Vol. 1, No. 3

The Singing Telegram - Vol. 3, No. 1

VocalEssence Singing Telegram - November 2012 - Vol. 1, No. 3
Hello, and welcome to the third edition of The Singing Telegram. Each month you will receive big news, stories and a downloadable song from VocalEssence to send you singing through your day. Enjoy!

Take a moment to breathe and enjoy the season

In the midst of the craziness of this week, take a moment for yourself and your family to breathe and enjoy the season with some beautiful and heart-warming choral music.  This year’s Welcome Christmas concerts will feature VocalEssence and an orchestra performing Italian music by Menotti, Respighi and Argento as well as Christmas standards such as What Sweeter Music by John Rutter. 

Take a moment, relax, and enjoy a preview of the performance below.

Join us! To buy tickets for Welcome Christmas call 612-371-5656 (800-292-4141) or order online.

Calling all Young Professionals who love to sing!

Introducing the Young Singers Group, the young professionals group for VocalEssence.  Officially launched in the spring of 2011, we now have 20 members and are recruiting more.
The group is made up of 20- and 30-something choral music lovers who want to sing, socialize and savor good choral music. Our events include community sings, drinks with composers, choral concerts and just plain old social time with fellow singers and choral music lovers.

Our next event will be Christmas caroling at a local assisted living home in Robbinsdale, and we would love to see you there!

For more information and to sign up to carol on Saturday, December 15th from 9-11 am, check out our Young Singers Group Facebook page.

Welcome Christmas Carol Contest Winners

Congratulations to Sheena Phillips and David Biedenbender as the 2012 Welcome Christmas Carol Contest winning composers!
This year marks the 15th year of the Welcome Christmas Carol Contest as VocalEssence and the American Composers Forum provide composers with the opportunity to compose a modern-day carol, this year for SATB chorus accompanied by concert C flute.

Sheena is a native of the UK and has received commissions and performances from groups in the US and the UK. Her piece, “A Christmas Bird,” sets a poem by Irish writer Katharine Tynan (1859 – 1931). In the musical setting, the flute plays the role of the bird – imagined here as hopping from branch to branch, and tune to tune, as he utters his joyous response to the events of Christmas.

David’s first musical collaborations were in rock and jazz bands as an electric bassist and in wind and jazz bands as a bass trombone and euphonium player. Recent recognition for his work includes two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards and the Ettelson Composers Award from Composer’s, Inc. His piece, “This Night,” is a setting of “This Night a Wondrous Revelation,” the English translation of the German poem Dies ist die Nacht, da mir erschien­en which was written in 1683 by Caspar Fried­rich Nach­ten­höf­er.

Live at the Metropolitan: Philip & Friends Cabaret

From Bradley Greenwald’s rendition of “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady” to Simone Perrin’s “La vie en Rose,” the Live at the Metropolitan: Philip & Friends Cabaret on Monday, November 12th was a fantastic evening of laughs and fun.

We raised more than $40,000 for our education programs, and raffled off two fabulous prizes: a Napa Valley Vineyard tour and an iPad Mini.

To see more photos, check out our Facebook album.
Extra! Extra!

Money Raised for Hurricane Relief in Cuba

Thanks to our generous contributors at the Cuban concert An Evening in Havana, we raised more than $4,000 for Hurricane Sandy Relief in Santiago, Cuba.  The check has been cut to the world relief organization Global Links to help the survivors of this catastrophic event.

FREE Music Download

Free DownloadIn addition to "What Sweeter Music" by John Rutter, VocalEssence will also be performing "Jingle Bells" arranged by J. David Moore. Enjoy this download as you decorate the season!
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Where in the world is... Philip Brunelle?

Greetings from New York, New York!  I am with John Nuechterlein, the President of the American Composers Forum, to encourage composers to apply to Essentially Choral.

Give to the Max Day Thanks!

We raised more than $17,000 for Give to the Max Day, and are currently drawing for the Birthday song sung by VocalEssence. Stay tuned for the winner.
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We would like to acknowledge major organizational support for VocalEssence from the Bush Foundation; McKnight Foundation; Katherine B. Andersen Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation; General Mills Foundation; Target Foundation; and the Minnesota State Arts Board.
Educational programs and concerts at VocalEssence are supported, in part, by funds from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc.; Alice M. O'Brien Foundation; Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation; HRK Foundation; Peravid Foundation; Piper Family Foundation; RC Lilly Foundation; Wallin Foundation; Wenger Foundation; Albrecht Family Foundation; Philip and Katherine Nason Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation; Piper Jaffray; Sit Investment Associates; The Hearst Foundations; Curtis L. Carlson Family Foundation; Laura Jane Musser Fund; Jerome Foundation; The Minneapolis Foundation; John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Thomson Reuters; Hubbard Broadcasting; Wells Fargo; Travelers Foundation; Xcel Energy Foundation; Medtronic; 3M Foundation; General Mills Foundation; RBC Wealth Management; National Endowment for the Arts; City of Saint Paul Cultural STAR; Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Access Grant; and in-kind support from Downtown Auto Park, Minnesota Monthly, Unisys, and the Mexican Government. Our media partner is Classical Minnesota Public Radio.

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