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OLLI CLASS: Hope Renewed

May 2 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Founder and Artistic Director Philip Brunelle will present a class on hope and a look at the music that will be featured at Hope Renewed, the closing concert of the 55th Season. Composer Kyle Pederson will join to discuss his new composition that will be featured on the concert. In order to sign up for…  Read More

Welcome Christmas 2023

Two Performances Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 4 PM Northrop 84 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN Sunday, December 10, 2023 at 4 PM Northrop 84 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN Feliz Navidad, Happy Christmas, God Jul, and Veselykh Svyat—this year’s Welcome Christmas features music for all to enjoy! Experience the passion of all four VocalEssence ensembles singing…

Adult Choir Auditions

About Our Audition Process Registration for the 2023-24 season is now open for the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and Chorus. Read below for information about each ensemble and the audition requirements. Ensemble Singers Auditions Eight paid positions per section; professional experience required. Ensemble Singers re-audition annually. Auditioning for the Ensemble Singers consists of two rounds: Round 1…  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…

Georg Schumann | 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 Georg Schumann.  Georg Schumann 1866-1952 Georg Schumann was a German composer and director of the Sing-Akademie in Berlin. He first studied the violin and organ with his father and grandfather and was taught by Friedrich…  Read More

Mansel Thomas | 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 Mansel Thomas. Mansel Thomas 1909-1986 Mansel Thomas was one of the most important and influential musicians of his generation in Wales. A native of South Wales, he was awarded the Rhondda Scholarship to the Royal…  Read More

Hiram Titus | 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 Hiram Titus. Hiram Titus 1947-2013 Minnesota composer Hiram Titus was associated with many local and regional theaters including the Guthrie Theatre and the Minneapolis Children’s Theater where he was Composer in Residence for four years.…  Read More

Georg Philip Telemann | 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 George Philip Telemann. Georg Philip Telemann 1681-1767 Georg Philip Telemann was a German Baroque composer and multi-instrumentalist. Almost completely self-taught in music, he became a composer against his family’s wishes. After studying in Magdeburg, Zellerfeld,…  Read More

Charles Wood | 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 Charles Wood. Charles Wood 1866-1926 Charles Wood was an Irish composer and teacher primarily remembered and performed as an Anglican church music composer. Wood received his early education at the Cathedral Choir School in Dublin…  Read More

Moses Pergament | 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 Moses Pergament. Moses Pergament 1893-1977 Finnish/Swedish Composer and music critic Moses Pergament’s musical influences range from German Expressionism and French Impressionism to Jewish themes and Biblical cantillation. He started compositional studies in 1909 in the…  Read More

Johann Pachelbel | 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 Johann Pachelbel. Johann Pachelbel 1653-1706 Johann Pachelbel was a German composer, organist, and teacher whose large body of sacred and secular music and contributions to the development of the chorale prelude and fugue have earned…  Read More

Anthony Piccolo | 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 Anthony Piccolo. Anthony Piccolo b. 1946  A stroke of fate in the form of conductor Laszlo Halasz saved composer Anthony Piccolo from a life in a science laboratory when he was awarded a personal scholarship…  Read More

Alessandro Scarlatti | 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 Alessandro Scarlatti. Alessandro Scarlatti 1660-1725 Alessandro Scarlatti was an Italian Baroque composer, known especially for his operas and chamber cantatas. He is generally said to have been a pupil of Giacomo Carissimi in Rome, and…  Read More

Gunnar Idenstam | 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 Gunnar Idenstam. Gunnar Idenstam b. 1961 Gunnar Idenstam, Swedish concert organist, composer, and folk musician is known throughout the world for his virtuoso playing, stunning improvisations, and untraditional and original take on organ music. Gunnar…  Read More

Anders Öhrwall | 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 Anders Öhrwall. Anders Öhrwall 1932-2012 Swedish composer Anders Öhrwall was a church musician in Adolf Fredrik’s parish from 1962–1999, where he founded the Adolf Fredrik’s Bach Choir in 1964, which he led until 2000. The…  Read More