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VINTAGE VOICES: Sabathani Vintage Voices Fall Concert

Nov 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Come and experience the sounds of the Sabathani Vintage Voices of the Sabathani Senior Center in No Place Like Home!, an exciting and heartfelt program of songs and spoken word that remind us of the special places in our lives. Free and open to the public. Sabathani Community Center, Inc. Senior Center is a partner…  Read More

OLLI CLASS: The Mendelssohns

Oct 13 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

VocalEssence is opening its 54th season with the music of Felix Mendelssohn and his equally talented, but lesser known sister, Fanny. Join Philip Brunelle and special guest soloists, Maria Jette and Nicholas Chalmers as they present excerpts of music of both Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn that will be featured at The Mendelssohns concert. In order…  Read More

24 Favorite Book, Movies and Songs that Depict Queen Elizabeth II

by Laurie Hertzel, Chris Hewitt, Chris Riemenschneider and Rob Hubbard Star Tribune | September 09, 2022 Most Minnesotans never got the chance to even catch a glimpse of the late Queen Elizabeth II. But we have come to know her, in a way, through the movies, TV shows, songs and books about her and inspired…  Read More

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VocalEssence On Demand

Inspiration on your schedule Reawaken the joy that singing can bring to all of us—from the comfort of your home. This digital content is being offered free of charge. Please consider a donation to help us with the production costs. Click the DONATE NOW button below to support us! Make sure you’re on our email…

VocalEssence Welcomes Six New Board Members

VocalEssence is thrilled to announce the addition of six new members to its Board of Directors. The VocalEssence Board of Directors serve as ambassadors for the organization in the larger community. They also guide VocalEssence in all major policy decisions while ensuring the financial stability of the 54-year-old nonprofit. “I’m delighted to welcome our new…

Where in the World Are the Conductors? August 2022

Philip Brunelle: The summer months have been fascinating for Philip Brunelle, VocalEssence Founder and Artistic Director–not only the time devoted to planning and studying repertoire for the upcoming 54th season, but also time in Europe and concerts at home. The end of June found Philip and his wife Carolyn in Stockholm visiting friends and meeting with…

VocalEssence WITNESS School Program

The VocalEssence WITNESS School Program is an exciting opportunity for Minnesota students and teachers to learn more about the contributions African Americans have made, and are making, to the fine arts. 2020-2021 VocalEssence WITNESS: Will you be a Witness? Movements of Social Change Throughout history and across many cultures, music and movement, art and creative expression have all…  Read More


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556   VOCALESSENCE ‘WELCOME CHRISTMAS’ CONCERT MOVES TO NORTHROP, FILLING A BIGGER VENUE WITH A GIANT BLAST OF HOLIDAY JOY  For the First Time, All VocalEssence Ensembles Join Together on One Stage–Dec. 10 & 11  MINNEAPOLIS—August 23, 2022—It’s a beloved annual holiday tradition for many, and this year,…  Read More

An Event 800 Years in the Making! VocalEssence Welcomes Spain’s Montserrat Boy Choir in Midwest Premiere

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 AN EVENT 800 YEARS IN THE MAKING! VOCALESSENCE WELCOMES SPAIN’S MONTSERRAT BOY CHOIR IN MIDWEST PREMIERE The Basilica of Saint Mary is sacred setting for a once-in-a-lifetime appearance—Nov. 11 MINNEAPOLIS—August 12, 2022—This fall, VocalEssence welcomes the Montserrat Boy Choir in the historic performance group’s first-ever visit to…  Read More