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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  CONTACT:  Jennifer Weismann  612-716-0556  PHILIP BRUNELLE’S ‘MUSICAL MOMENTS’ REACHES 250 EPISODE MILESTONE   (PLUS SPECIAL BONUS TRACK)  VocalEssence pandemic programming about diverse choral composers concludes, takes on new life as worldwide choral educational tool   MINNEAPOLIS—MAY 6, 2021—A web series conceived as a temporary pandemic response by a choral conductor unable to perform in public will conclude May 6 after 250 episodes (plus one), and will enter a new phase of reach and longevity, helping choral conductors around…  Read More

VocalEssence Vintage Voices Restarts In Person

The VocalEssence Vintage Voices program connects older adults with the benefits of group singing by forming choirs at senior centers and residences. While the program continued during the pandemic, the singers were limited to Zoom sessions. They missed the fun and togetherness of being in the same room. In early April, it finally became safe…  Read More

Where in the World are the Conductors-April 2021

Philip Brunelle Artistic Director and Founder Philip Brunelle will be spending the last part of April and early May concluding plans for the 53rd VocalEssence season and also hearing many, many singers for their spring auditions. This is always an important part of the year, inviting wonderful voices to be part of the upcoming VocalEssence…  Read More

TUTORIALES: Cree su inicio de sesión gratuito para VocalEssence on Demand, traduzca y navegue por el sitio web

Tutorials: Create your free VocalEssence On Demand log-in, translate and navigate the website En Español Durante la temporada 2020-2021, en VocalEssence ofrecemos programación familiar GRATIS para la comunidad Latina local. Incluyendo nuestras presentaciones únicas On Demand, que son exclusivas dentro nuevo sitio web VocalEssence On Demand. Durante más de cinco décadas, VocalEssence ha utilizado el…  Read More

Intermedia Arts will give $1 million to Public Functionary; Children’s Theatre offers help to families and teachers

By: Pamela Espeland MinnPost | April 15, 2021  Covered with art and graffiti, the Intermedia Arts Building was a Minneapolis landmark. Colliers Intermedia Arts may have written its final chapter, with a graceful flourish. In 2017, the 44-year-old nonprofit arts organization experienced a financial crisis it couldn’t survive. It suspended operations, laid off its…  Read More


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    CONTACT:  Jennifer Weismann  612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE SOTA PRESENTS “CREATE”   Celebrated Minneapolis-based choral ensemble’s youth choir  will present part three of a four-part performance series.  MINNEAPOLIS—April 8, 2021—VocalEssence Singers Of This Age SOTA—a diverse high-school ensemble—will present a 40-minute family-friendly performance titled, “Create.” The concert is the third installment in a four-part series designed to inspire audiences “to imagine, believe, create, and celebrate a world where all…  Read More


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    CONTACT:   Jennifer Weismann   612-716-0556    VOCALESSENCE TO DELIVER POWERFUL “WITNESS” — ON DEMAND   Music that calls us to “be the change” is a timely offering from famed choral music organization highlighting movements of social change in our country    MINNEAPOLIS—April 8, 2021—VocalEssence, one of the world’s premier choral music organizations, brings its 31st annual VocalEssence WITNESS concert to life virtually, highlighting music from movements of social change, including the voting act, sit-ins, police shootings, civil rights,…  Read More

VocalEssence uses poetry and music to create ‘Call of the North’

by: Mary Ann Grossmann  Pioneer Press | March 25, 2021 VocalEssence features Minnesota music and poetry in “Call of the North.” (Photo by Ethan Johnson) Minnesota poetry and music come together in “Call of the North,” an online-only concert featuring VocalEssence Ensemble Singers, which premieres at 4 p.m. March 28 and will be available…  Read More

When can the arts reopen? Dr. Fauci says, ‘If we are careful … sometime in the fall

By: Pamela Espeland MinnPost | March 25, 2021 Dr. Anthony Fauci: “Get vaccinated when you are eligible, continue to wear a mask, and socially distance when out in public.” Susan Walsh/Pool via REUTERS ALSO: VocalEssence’s “Call of the North” features Minnesota composers and poets; Davina and the Vagabonds to livestream from the Dakota; and…  Read More

Once viewed as potential ‘super spreaders,’ Minnesota choirs are emerging again

Rob Hubbard Special to the Star Tribune | March 18, 2021—10:49AM One more welcome sign of spring:  Minnesota choirs are emerging from hibernation. Dwight Jilek conducted members of Magnum Chorum for their livestream this month. Photo by Flight Creative Media For a state dubbed “The Land of 10,000 Choirs,” the pandemic has been particularly…  Read More

Sojourner Truth | Women’s History Month with GPS

GPS highlights the life and legacy of Sojourner Truth for this Sunday edition of Take 5. In addition, we take a look at the traditional Negro spiritual, “Plenty Good Room.” Learn More Sponsor Black Excellence Each episode and blog post take $250 to create and produce. Consider sponsoring a day or…  Read More

Judith Jameson | Women’s History Month with GPS

For this Saturday edition of Take 5, GPS highlights the artistic and administrative accomplishments of dancer, Judith Jamison, and also shares a terrific Duke Ellington standard, “I’m Beginning to See the Light.” Learn More Sponsor Black Excellence Each episode and blog post take $250 to create and produce. Consider sponsoring a day…  Read More

Zora Neale Hurston | Women’s History Month with GPS

It’s Friday, and what better way to celebrate the end of another week than a little bit of singing? Join GPS as he sends us off into the weekend and shares a little about author Zora Neale Hurston. Our musical pairing is “In the Still of the Night,” by Fred Parris as performed by Fred…  Read More

Elizabeth Catlett | Women’s History Month with GPS

On today’s edition of Take 5, GPS celebrates acclaimed printmaker and sculptor, Elizabeth Catlett, whose work reflects her interest in African art and social issues in the United States and Mexico. Our musical pairing is “I’ll Come Back To You,” as performed by Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers. Learn More…  Read More