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VocalEssence Annual Report 2021-2022

“INSPIRED”—was the word used most frequently by patrons to describe their engagement with VocalEssence during the 2021-22 season. Inspiration was at the center of everything we did this year: • Our singers were inspired to return to singing in person at venues ranging from Orchestra Hall to the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes, MN…

Thank you for your support at the VocalEssence 2022 Gala!

On September 24, many gathered together at the Hilton Minneapolis for the VocalEssence Gala 2022: Celebration of Song, which celebrated all the ways singing together improves our singers’ lives and our community! The evening was filled with song, a live and silent auction, delicious food, an engaging program with a powerful event video (see above),…

VocalEssence WITNESS School Program

The VocalEssence WITNESS School Program is an exciting opportunity for Minnesota students and teachers to learn more about the contributions African Americans have made, and are making, to the fine arts. 2020-2021 VocalEssence WITNESS: Will you be a Witness? Movements of Social Change Throughout history and across many cultures, music and movement, art and creative expression have all…  Read More

Moira Smiley poses holding a banjo

CONCERT: Singing the World Awake

May 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Awaken your spirit with the sounds and colors of performances by the VocalEssence Chorus, Ensemble Singers, and Singers Of This Age. Experience sounds from near and far, exploring music of Denmark, Haiti, Mexico, the United States, and more, featuring composer and guest artist, Moira Smiley, whose style has been described as genre bending “mixing Bartok…

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The big gigs: 10 concerts to see in the Twin Cities this week

by Chris Riemenschneider, Jon Bream, Rob Hubbard and Britt Robson Star Tribune | MAY 4, 2022 https://www.startribune.com/10-concerts-twin-cities-justin-bieber-interpol-snoh-aalegrea-stewart-copeland-janiva-magness/600170378/?refresh=true  Concert highlights for May 5-11 include the Biebs, Interpol, Snoh Aalegrea, Tai Verdes and the Under the Canopy series kickoff. Thursday, May 5 Under the Canopy kickoff: Conceived and warmly received as a safe, diverse, community-oriented outdoor music option…  Read More

A vocal witness

Jeff Wheeler Instagram and Star Tribune Metro Section  | March 4, 2022   Members of The Aeolians, including Laila Darville, center, sang during rehearsal with the VocalEssence Chorus and VocalEssence Singers of This Age, a choir made up of Twin Cities high school kids Tuesday night at Orchestra Hall ahead of their concert this Sunday…  Read More

VocalEssence Fast Facts

About VocalEssence Founded in 1969, as a music outreach program of Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis Incorporated as an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1979 Annual Budget: $2 million Endowment/Artistic Advancement Fund: $6 million (established 1987) STAFF 10 full-time, 1 part-time, 3 contractors Executive Director: Mary Ann Aufderheide Artistic Director and Founder: Philip Brunelle Associate…

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

T. Tertius Noble | 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 T. Tertius Noble.   T. Tertius Noble 1867-1953 Organist and composer Thomas Tertius Noble is better known today as a composer, although in his time he achieved greater eminence as a performing artist. Trained first…  Read More