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VINTAGE VOICES: Sabathani Vintage Voices Fall Concert

Nov 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Come and experience the sounds of the Sabathani Vintage Voices of the Sabathani Senior Center in No Place Like Home!, an exciting and heartfelt program of songs and spoken word that remind us of the special places in our lives. Free and open to the public. Sabathani Community Center, Inc. Senior Center is a partner…  Read More

OLLI CLASS: The Mendelssohns

Oct 13 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

VocalEssence is opening its 54th season with the music of Felix Mendelssohn and his equally talented, but lesser known sister, Fanny. Join Philip Brunelle and special guest soloists, Maria Jette and Nicholas Chalmers as they present excerpts of music of both Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn that will be featured at The Mendelssohns concert. In order…  Read More

VocalEssence Welcomes Six New Board Members

VocalEssence is thrilled to announce the addition of six new members to its Board of Directors. The VocalEssence Board of Directors serve as ambassadors for the organization in the larger community. They also guide VocalEssence in all major policy decisions while ensuring the financial stability of the 54-year-old nonprofit. “I’m delighted to welcome our new…

Where in the World Are the Conductors? August 2022

Philip Brunelle: The summer months have been fascinating for Philip Brunelle, VocalEssence Founder and Artistic Director–not only the time devoted to planning and studying repertoire for the upcoming 54th season, but also time in Europe and concerts at home. The end of June found Philip and his wife Carolyn in Stockholm visiting friends and meeting with…

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, 2023 @ 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…

VocalEssence Singers Of This Age member sings into a microphone with hand outstretched, Photo Credit: Adja Gildersleve

CONCERT: Change Sings 4:30 PM

Apr 22, 2023 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Inspired by the work of Presidential inaugural poet, Amanda Gorman, Change Sings invites each of us to see ourselves as changemakers. Through singing, movement, spoken word, and visual art, the VocalEssence Singers Of This Age and guest artists will activate our imagination to inspire us into action. Change Sings features choral standards and co-created original works inspired…

Joe Davis with an orange background, Photo Credit: Ryan Stopera

CONCERT: WITNESS: Reawakening Love

Feb 26, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Minneapolis-based artist, author, educator, and speaker Joe Davis joins VocalEssence choirs along with The New Renaissance, a multi-media production company that cultivates immersive experiences, and chamber orchestra in a call for the revival of love, the rebirth of peace, and the emergence of a community where violence ceases. Experience a fusion of musical styles interwoven…

VocalEssence Chorus members holding black folders and singing with a Christmas tree decorated with lights and blue ornaments in the background

CONCERT: Welcome Christmas 2022, Minneapolis 4 PM

Dec 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

VocalEssence is pulling out all the stops to ring in the season of wonder. Hear beloved carols you know and love featuring the joyous sounds of brass and percussion, the spectacular Northrop pipe organ, and—for the first time—all the VocalEssence singing forces together in concert. Bring your outdoor voice and join in a sing-along that…

Montserrat Boy Choir members in cassocks singing

CONCERT: Montserrat Boy Choir

Nov 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Perched atop a mountain near Barcelona, the choir of the Benedictine Abbey of Santa Maria de Montserrat is one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious boy choirs. For the first time in their 800-year history, the choir will make its Midwest premiere at a space worthy of their soaring voices, the majestic Basilica of Saint…

Sabathani Vintage Voices Perform at Senior Housing Grand Opening

The members of the Sabathani Vintage Voices had the honor of performing for the ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening for the Sabathani Senior Housing Apartments. Click the button below to read the article featured in the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder. Read Article

Where in the World are the Conductors-June 2022

Philip Brunelle: Summer has arrived and the level of activity at VocalEssence has not diminished for Artistic Director and Founder Philip Brunelle! All the planning for season 54 continues and is very exciting! A 5 year project has been completed and Philip is very pleased to announce that the two volume set of Stephen Paulus…

Members of VocalEssence holding black folders and singing with orchestra musicians in front of organ pipes with screen featuring VocalEssence logo in the upper left corner

CONCERT: The Mendelssohns

Oct 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Musical talent often runs in families, and one of history’s most talented set of siblings were the Mendelssohns—Felix and Fanny. Connected by their extraordinary gifts and love for music, they developed a close relationship that endured throughout their lives. Join VocalEssence singers, soloists, and an honor choir comprised of area high school singers as they…

VocalEssence Singers Of This Age member sings into a microphone with hand outstretched, Photo Credit: Adja Gildersleve

CONCERT: Change Sings 2 PM

Apr 22, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Inspired by the work of Presidential inaugural poet, Amanda Gorman, Change Sings invites each of us to see ourselves as changemakers. Through singing, movement, spoken word, and visual art, the VocalEssence Singers Of This Age and guest artists will activate our imagination to inspire us into action. Change Sings features choral standards and co-created original works inspired…