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Celebrate the Season with Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at the Basilica

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   CONTACTS:   Jennifer Weismann   612-716-0556   Jennifer@owl-marketing.com     Randi Ericksen  612-440-6219  randi@bachsocietymn.org CELEBRATE THE SEASON WITH BACH’S CHRISTMAS ORATORIO AT THE BASILICA  VocalEssence and The Bach Society of Minnesota team up to perform holiday masterwork—December 3  MINNEAPOLIS—September 17, 2021—The VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and the Bach Society of Minnesota (BSM) will collaborate on a concert performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in a stunning setting, at…  Read More

VOCALESSENCE ELECTS SEVEN NEW MEMBERS TO ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    Contact:  Jennifer Weismann   612-716-0556   Jennifer@owl-marketing.com     VOCALESSENCE ELECTS SEVEN NEW MEMBERS TO ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS  Award-winning nonprofit organization adds members of Twin Cities business, arts, and education communities to its Board of Directors to serve as ambassadors and guides  MINNEAPOLIS—September 14, 2021—VocalEssence, the award-winning choral organization known for both the artistic…  Read More

VocalEssence Season Preview Happy Hour

Sep 30 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Thank you for registering to join Artistic Director and Founder Philip Brunelle and Associate Artistic Director G. Phillip Shoultz, III for an entertaining happy hour where they discuss the upcoming 2021-2022 VocalEssence Concert Series. You will get an email reminder with a link to this page to join the event when its time. When you…  Read More

Many singers on stage

2021-2022 Season

MUSIC MOVES US Join VocalEssence for an exuberant return to the concert hall for our 2021-2022 Season as we explore the ways music moves us. From partnerships with Minnesota Dance Theatre, Bach Society of Minnesota, and The Aeolians of Oakwood University to thrilling premieres of works by Stewart Copeland of British hitmakers The Police and rising…

VocalEssence Singers Of This Age Come Together for “Choosing Love” Summer Camp

Current members of VocalEssence Singers Of This Age (including a few graduating seniors) spent a week together building community, learning, and creating. The Choosing Love Creators Camp kick-started the year and was focused on creative collaboration. The first portion of the week was comprised of 15 hours of workshops led by guest artists including: Joe…  Read More

Where in the World are the Conductors-August 2021

Philip Brunelle: August has been a busy month of planning for Artistic Director and Founder Philip Brunelle. He has been working on finalizing repertoire for the season, ordering orchestral music, confirming concert dates and details, and (of course) continuing to do fundraising! This month also included attending a Board member’s wedding, finishing the edits for…  Read More

Thank you VocalEssence Interns!

VocalEssence was fortunate to have two fantastic interns this summer: Aaron Schondorf and Blake Wieseler. Each and every voice that contributes to, or participates in our mission is an essential part of our community. We are thrilled to share the projects these two have worked on during their time at VocalEssence. Aaron Schondorf, a Carleton…  Read More

VocalEssence Singers Of This Age Interview Video Instructions

Use your cell phone, iPad, or computer webcam to record a short video. The entire length your video should be 3-4 minutes long. No longer than 4 mins, please!  Please follow the instructions below:  1. Clearly tell us your name and age. Example: “Hello, my name is ___________________ and I am ___________ years old.” 2. Tell…

Geoffrey Bush | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Geoffrey Bush. Geoffrey Bush 1920-1998 Geoffrey Bush was a British composer, teacher, and music scholar who produced a wide range of compositions across different genres, including many songs and works for choirs. He began piano…  Read More

Giovanni da Palestrina | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Giovanni da Palestrina. Giovanni da Palestrina 1525-1596 Giovanni da Palestrina was an Italian Renaissance composer of sacred music and the best-known 16th-century representative of the Roman School of musical composition. Documents suggest that he first…  Read More

Jorge Córdoba | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Jorge Córdoba. Jorge Córdoba b. 1953 Jorge Córdoba Valencia was born on December 15, 1953, in Mexico City. As a young adult he had very diverse experiences in music. He informally studied popular music including…  Read More

Robert Sund | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Robert Sund. Robert Sund b. 1942 Robert Sund is a distinguished Swedish composer and conductor. He was for many years artistic director and conductor of the mixed choir Allmanna Sången and the male choir Orphei…  Read More

Leo Sowerby | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Leo Sowerby. Leo Sowerby 1895-1968 Leo Sowerby was an American composer and church musician often called the “Dean of American church music” in the early to mid 20th century. He studied composition with Arthur Olaf…  Read More

David McKinley Williams | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer David McKinley Williams. David McKinley Williams 1887-1978 David McKinley Williams was an American organist and composer known for his work at St. Bartholomew’s Church, New York City. Gowing up in Denver, he was a chorister…  Read More