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VocalEssence Ensemble Singers Summer Mexico Tour Press Photos

The Oxford Times (UK) has declared that the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers “have a blend that could—and should—be the envy of every choir in the business.” Founded in 1991, the Ensemble Singers are acclaimed for their “superbly blended sound” (Birmingham Post, UK) and “exemplary technique” (Minneapolis Star Tribune). Lauded by the Times of London as “polished, bright and brilliantly balanced,” this…  Read More

2013 VocalEssence “WITNESS: Marian Anderson” concert celebrates Black History Month with Music, Theater

News ReleaseContact: Becky Bailey or Katrina Vander Kooi612-309-7149 or Order WITNESS Concert Tickets Download High Res Photos MINNEAPOLIS, MN (Nov. 21, 2012) — VocalEssence is proudly continuing its rich 23-year tradition of celebrating diversity and honoring African American artists with its popular WITNESS program.  This year VocalEssence celebrates the inspiring story of musical…  Read More

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   CONTACTS:   Jennifer Weismann   612-716-0556     Randi Ericksen  612-440-6219 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


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

Ways to celebrate MLK Day in the Twin Cities Ways to celebrate MLK Day in the Twin Cities

By BECCA MOST | | St. Paul Pioneer Press PUBLISHED: January 14, 2021 at 9:12 p.m. | UPDATED: January 14, 2021 at 10:45 p.m. Although the pandemic has prevented many from celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday in person this year, many events will still take place virtually. Saturday, Jan. 16 The VocalEssence…  Read More

Virtual entertainment picks: Huge Theater, VocalEssence, musician’s benefit

MAY 7, 2020 — 10:58AM VocalEssence Virtual Projects Ongoing: Leave it to ever-enterprising Philip Brunelle, founder of the Twin Cities ensemble VocalEssence, to provide some pandemic music even without his award-winning choir. Every weekday at noon, he offers a “Musical Moment” in which he highlights a composer — Friday’s program will feature Mexico’s Gerardo…  Read More

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Bob Dylan Revisited Tour Promotional Materials

Below are assets to help you promote the VocalEssence Bob Dylan Revisited Tour. If you have questions, please contact Amanda Timmer ( Information about the performance Bob Dylan’s timeless music has been covered by everyone from Jimi Hendrix to the Kronos Quartet. Now it’s time to add a choir to the list. Join VocalEssence as…  Read More

VocalEssence Gala – Event Experience

The VocalEssence Gala 2020—Better Together is designed to be a fun and interactive experience for guests. The reception will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 4, 2020 with a silent auction featuring amazing entertainment. You will have the opportunity to help create a community created mural with visual artist Ta-coumba Aiken, enjoy a custom…  Read More

VocalEssence Says ‘God Jul!’ To All As Christmas Concerts Go Nordic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE SAYS ‘GOD JUL!’ TO ALL AS CHRISTMAS CONCERTS GO NORDIC Carols from Sweden, Finland, and Norway star in this year’s Welcome Christmas program, including a world premiere from Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen MINNEAPOLIS — July 30, 2019 — The Welcome Christmas concerts from the VocalEssence…  Read More

VocalEssence Ensemble Singers Channel the Celestial in ‘Divine Light’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE ENSEMBLE SINGERS CHANNEL THE CELESTIAL IN ‘DIVINE LIGHT’ The Minneapolis-based choral ensemble, joined by Ruggero Allifranchini on violin, presents two concerts at the historic Summit Center in St. Paul — Sunday, Oct. 13         MINNEAPOLIS — June 26, 2019 — The VocalEssence Ensemble Singers,…  Read More

You’re Never Too Young to Sing! Acclaimed Local Author Nancy Carlson and VocalEssence Host Tales & Tunes Musical Storytime

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 YOU’RE NEVER TOO YOUNG TO SING! ACCLAIMED LOCAL AUTHOR NANCY CARLSON AND VOCALESSENCE HOST TALES & TUNES MUSICAL STORYTIME Nursery rhyme sing-alongs, lullabies, and crafts—March 30             MINNEAPOLIS — January 17, 2019— Local choral and community-building nonprofit VocalEssence has assembled a morning of programming perfect for its…  Read More

VocalEssence Fills an Entire Cathedral…with Song!

High Resolution photos can be downloaded from our website: CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE FILLS AN ENTIRE CATHEDRAL…WITH SONG! Minneapolis-based choral ensemble will join forces with The St. Olaf Choir the Cathedral of Saint Paul to present a concert on October 28, from 2-4 p.m.  MINNEAPOLIS — August 1, 2018 — The VocalEssence Chorus…  Read More

VocalEssence Announcements Concert & Family Programs for Historic 50th Season

CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE ANNOUNCES CONCERT & FAMILY PROGRAMS FOR HISTORIC 50th SEASON Celebrating 50 years of honoring music’s greatest artists, introducing their work to new audiences, and nurturing the diverse voices that will shape its next half-century. Download season photos here. MINNEAPOLIS — May 15, 2018—Marking a milestone for the nationally renowned…  Read More

VocalEssence Singers Of This Age

VocalEssence Singers Of This Age is a dynamic group of 50 young people from Twin Cities high schools who sing, dance, write their own music, rap, and—most importantly—reflect the diversity of our community in its membership. Under the visionary leadership of G. Phillip Shoultz, III, the students sing a wide range of music—from classical to…  Read More

G. Phillip Shoultz, III

Associate Artistic Director phone 612-547-1453 fax 612-547-1484 Known for fostering community and inspiring action among people of all ages and abilities, G. Phillip Shoultz, III, enjoys a multifaceted career as artist, educator, consultant, speaker and pastoral musician. Phillip is the associate artistic director of VocalEssence where his most visible impact is seen through his…  Read More