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Reignite your holiday traditions with 8 great concerts by Twin Cities classical groups

By Rob Hubbard Star Tribune | DECEMBER 1, 2021 https://www.startribune.com/reignite-your-holiday-traditions-with-8-great-concerts-by-twin-cities-classical-groups/600122571/?refresh=true  From a bounty of Bach to a Kate DiCamillo opera, there’s plenty on tap. Stop-motion animator Erin Pollock made a video to accompany Minnesota Opera’s “Edward Tulane Choral Suite,” streaming for free starting Dec. 13. Last December proved a winter of discontent for those who…  Read More

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Ysaÿe M. Barnwell | 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 Ysaÿe M. Barnwell. Ysaÿe M. Barnwell b. 1946 The composer and singer Ysaÿe M. Barnwell writes meaningful music that choirs love to sing. After studying violin for fifteen years and majoring in music in high…  Read More

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Ysaÿe M. Barnwell | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle – August 7, 2020 – Moses Hogan André Thomas | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle Steve Heitzeg | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle Randall Davidson | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle   Timothy Takach | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle Dominick…  Read More

Postcards from Mexico-Days 8 & 9

SUNDAY 9/1/2019 and MONDAY 9/2/2019 The End and the Beginning   We are home, and after the whirlwind of Saturday and Sunday, the dust has settled.  I’m late in writing about our last days of our trip because I’m dazed, and it all seems like a dream.  But then I open my Facebook page, and…  Read More

Lullaby Project 2015-2016

In the 2015-2016 season VocalEssence partnered with the Teen Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting Program at Longfellow Alternative High School in Minneapolis. VocalEssence Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III and an octet of VocalEssence Ensemble Singers collaborated with VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! composer Francisco Zúñiga to help six Latina teen moms write Spanish language lullabies. These lullabies were recorded…  Read More

Cocktails & Cabaret Fundraiser to Support Arts Education

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COCKTAILS & CABARET FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT ARTS EDUCATION Twin Cities choral group, VocalEssence, celebrates Nov. 18 at the Metropolitan   MINNEAPOLIS—Philip Brunelle, artistic director and founder of celebrated Twin Cities choral ensemble VocalEssence, will put down his conductor’s baton and take his place at the piano for the non-profit’s annual Cocktails &…  Read More

Cocktails & Cabaret Fundraiser to Support Arts Education

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COCKTAILS & CABARET FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT ARTS EDUCATION Twin Cities choral group, VocalEssence, celebrates Nov. 18 at the Metropolitan   MINNEAPOLIS—Philip Brunelle, artistic director and founder of celebrated Twin Cities choral ensemble VocalEssence, will put down his conductor’s baton and take his place at the piano for the non-profit’s annual Cocktails &…  Read More