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G. Phillip Shoultz III of VocalEssence: ‘Stopping has never been an option for me’

By Pamela Espeland | columnist MinnPost Published: OCTOBER 16, 2020 https://www.minnpost.com/artscape/2020/10/g-phillip-shoultz-iii-of-vocalessence-stopping-has-never-been-an-option-for-me/ Shoultz leads the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers (32 professional singers), the VocalEssence Chorus (115-120 volunteer singers) and the youth choir VocalEssence Singers of This Age, aka VESOTA. Photo by Kyndell Harkness G. Phillip Shoultz III at the start of the pandemic: “So the first step was triage. Let’s…  Read More

2019-2020 Venue Accessibility

Tales & Tunes American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis Divine Light The Summit Center for Arts and Innovation, Saint Paul What a Mighty God, a VocalEssence WITNESS Concert St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Mahtomedi Welcome Christmas Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Apple Valley Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis Roseville Lutheran Church, Roseville Winter Wonder Minneapolis Institute of Arts,…  Read More

Twin Cities Students Come Together To Sing—Bilingually! at the VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! Community Concert

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 Jennifer@owl-marketing.com TWIN CITIES STUDENTS COME TOGETHER TO SING—BILINGUALLY! AT THE VOCALESSENCE ¡CANTARÉ! COMMUNITY CONCERT Cultural and artistic residency ends in celebration of song at the Ordway—May 21     MINNEAPOLIS—October 21, 2019—Song has the power to unite, and students in the Twin Cities will come together to sing and…  Read More

Where in the World are the Conductors – July 2019

In his “wonderful and busy” June and July, Artistic Director Philip Brunelle has been making music with old friends and new.  He returned to the podium to conduct the Lake Harriet Pops Orchestra, a post he held for 10 seasons, and filled the air outside the Lake Harriet Bandshell with the music of Bernstein and…  Read More

Where in the World are the Conductors – May 2019

For Artistic Director Philip Brunelle, the end of the concert season with our Bob Dylan tribute was a festive conclusion to season 50! Now we are in the midst of finalizing plans for season 51 and beyond. The month of May is also filled with auditions – about 50 hours’ worth. Each year those in…  Read More

21 DE MAYO: VOCALESSENCE ¡CANTARE! CELEBRA EN EL ORDWAY “EL SONIDO DE MEXICO”

by El Minnesota de Hoy | El Minnesota de Hoy abril 23, 2019: http://www.elminnesotadehoy.com/21-de-mayo-vocalessence-cantare-celebra-en-el-ordway-el-sonido-de-mexico/ VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! invita a un compositor mexicano a escuelas de las ciudades gemelas para un enriquecedor programa de residencia artística y cultural. Minneapolis, MN. Un concierto en el Ordway celebrando la música de México cerrará este año el programa VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! y…  Read More

Where in the World are the Conductors – April 2019

Following the amazing success of Candide, Artistic Director Philip Brunelle was in Mexico City for meetings about the Ensemble Singers next visit there in August 2019. He and his wife Carolyn also spent four days vacationing in Oaxaca (a rarity!). On Sunday, April 7 he will accompany the five Plymouth Church soloists in a concert as…  Read More

VOCALESSENCE ¡CANTARE! CELEBRA ÉSTE MAYO 21 EN EL ORDWAY “EL SONIDO DE MEXICO”, UN GRAN CONCIERTO CON CIENTOS DE ESTUDIANTES LOCALES.

VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! invita a un compositor mexicano a escuelas de las ciudades gemelas como parte de un enriquecedor programa de residencia artística y cultural. Minneapolis, 24 de Enero, 2019. -Un concierto en el Ordway celebrando la música de México cerrará este año el programa VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! y dará a los estudiantes de las ciudades gemelas…  Read More

VocalEssence to present ‘Witness’ times two; Joffrey Ballet to perform ‘Anna Karenina’

By Pamela Espeland MinnPost FEBRUARY 28, 2019 — 08:24AM https://www.minnpost.com/artscape/2019/02/vocalessence-to-present-witness-times-two-joffrey-ballet-to-perform-anna-karenina/   VocalEssence was born in 1969 as the Plymouth Church Music Series. Just another concert series at a local church, founded by an ambitious, tireless and hypercreative choir director and organist named Philip Brunelle. In 2002, the Plymouth Music Series became VocalEssence. Today, Brunelle and his singers are…  Read More

VocalEssence’s 51st season includes family concerts, festivals and a ‘Moana’ singalong

By Ross Raihala | rraihala@pioneerpress.com | Pioneer Press February 25, 2019 at 7:00 am https://www.twincities.com/2019/02/25/vocalessences-51st-season-includes-family-concerts-festivals-and-a-moana-singalong/ A “Moana” movie singalong, the addition of a second Witness concert and a celebration of the music of Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn are on tap for VocalEssence’s newly announced 51st season. Season tickets are on sale now. Single tickets go on sale Aug. 5.…  Read More

2019-2020 Season

“Life after 50” could be a challenge for some, but not for VocalEssence! We are moving from one anniversary to the next. This season marks 30 years since we began our VocalEssence WITNESS program honoring the contributions of African Americans to the arts. We are celebrating with two WITNESS-themed performances this season—What a Mighty God…  Read More

PERFORMANCES ANNOUNCED FOR VOCALESSENCE 2019-2020 SEASON

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann Jennifer@owl-marketing.com 612-716-0556 PERFORMANCES ANNOUNCED FOR VOCALESSENCE 2019-2020 SEASON  Choral and community-building organization celebrates 30 years of VocalEssence WITNESS, honoring the contributions of African Americans to the arts             MINNEAPOLIS — February 25, 2020—Heading into its second half-century stronger than ever, VocalEssence is ready to reveal the program for its…  Read More

VOCALESSENCE ¡CANTARÉ! CELEBRATES THE SOUND OF MEXICO IN ORDWAY CONCERT WITH HUNDREDS OF LOCAL STUDENTS, MAY 21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 Jennifer@owl-marketing.com VOCALESSENCE ¡CANTARÉ! CELEBRATES THE SOUND OF MEXICO IN ORDWAY CONCERT WITH HUNDREDS OF LOCAL STUDENTS, MAY 21 VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! invites a Mexican composer to Twin Cities schools for an enriching cultural and artistic residency program MINNEAPOLIS—January 24, 2019—A concert at the Ordway celebrating the music of Mexico…  Read More

“Star of Wonder Reimagined” Concerts Welcome Young Listeners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 Jennifer@owl-marketing.com “STAR OF WONDER REIMAGINED” CONCERTS WELCOME YOUNG LISTENERS VocalEssence holiday shows for families move to Mia—Dec. 8 MINNEAPOLIS—October 23, 2018— “Concert manners” don’t apply when you’re filled with the holiday spirit, right? That’s why VocalEssence created Star of Wonder, a seasonal concert especially for families with toddlers…  Read More

VocalEssence marks milestone season with new voices, unique collaborations

June 4, 2018 by Paige Elliott http://spokesman-recorder.com/2018/06/04/vocalessence-marks-milestone-season-with-new-voices-unique-collaborations/ Minneapolis-based choral organization VocalEssence has recently unveiled the musical offerings for its jubilee 50th season. Highlighting a diverse lineup of concerts and programming, the nonprofit’s 2018-2019 season promises outdoor summer sing-alongs, a new family series, and musical celebrations of inclusion, perseverance and identity. The season kicks off in August with…  Read More