The VocalEssence Chorus is an exceptional group of talented, committed singers from many walks of life. Equally at ease sharing the stage with famous guest artists such as Dessa and Sweet Honey In The Rock and budding young singers across the metro, the VocalEssence Chorus embodies the tagline Together We Sing.
Directed by VocalEssence Artistic Director and Founder Philip Brunelle and Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz III, this 110-voice chorus sings everything from Bach to Bluegrass, debuting more than 250 commissions and world premieres since the organization’s inception in 1969. Recognized for innovative programming, the organization has received the ASCAP/Chorus America Award for adventurous programming of contemporary music an unprecedented six 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.
Called “one of the irreplaceable music ensembles of our time” by Dana Gioia, past chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts—and the choral ensemble that Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones says “sings magnificently”—VocalEssence impacts thousands of students, singers, and composers each year through its initiative programs, contests, and support for innovative art.
VocalEssence Chorus auditions are held every spring, and returning members of the Chorus re-audition every two years. For more information on VocalEssence auditions, click here.