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Celebrating Black Choral Music All Year Long

Mike Rowan  Chorus America | February 25, 2022 Black History Month was first celebrated in 1924 as “Negro History Week,” founded by Black historian Carter G. Woodson with the aim that Black students in particular would be formally taught about their own heritage and the contributions of African Americans in their schools. As Black History Month…  Read More

WITNESS: Rejoice! Young People’s Concert

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Bobby McFerrin | 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 Bobby McFerrin. Bobby McFerrin b. 1950 American composer and vocalist Bobby McFerrin is perhaps best-known for his piece, Don’t Worry, Be Happy. Born in Manhattan, Bobby came from a family of singers: Bobby’s father, the…  Read More

VocalEssence WITNESS Classroom Resource Hub

Welcome from the LEARNING AND ENGAGEMENT TEAM Thank you for registering for VocalEssence WITNESS! Enjoy these free resources funded by institutions and individual donors. Scroll down to view a variety of resources created by curriculum writer Joanna Cortright and the VocalEssence Learning and Engagement team staff. We hope you and your students will use and…


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE WITNESS SCHOOL PROGRAM CELEBRATING AFRICAN AMERICAN CONTRIBUTIONS TO FINE ARTSNOW AVAILABLE TO ALL STUDENTS, EVERYWHERE Twin Cities choral organization’s WITNESS program expands online educational offerings MINNEAPOLIS — September 17, 2020—Each year through its VocalEssence WITNESS School Program—one of the nation’s premier initiatives celebrating the contributions of African Americans to our shared American heritage through concerts, recordings, and comprehensive educational programs—nationally renowned choral organization VocalEssence offers opportunities for schools to learn from VocalEssence Teaching Artists as…  Read More

VocalEssence WITNESS School Program instructs and inspires

This year, 49 partner schools are participating in the VocalEssence WITNESS School Program, which began with the annual Teacher Orientation Seminar in September and continues through workshops and residencies with our Teaching Artists. The theme, “Let Freedom Ring,” focused on the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his lifelong promotion of racial equality through…  Read More

VocalEssence Presents: Young People’s Chorus of New York City®

CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 AWARD-WINNING YOUTH CHORUS JOINS FORCES WITH VOCALESSENCE Local choral ensemble hosts Young People’s Chorus of New York City®—Nov. 22 MINNEAPOLIS — OCTOBER 30, 2014 — The internationally renowned Young People’s Chorus of New York City® (YPC) is coming to the Twin Cities for a performance that is not to be missed — VocalEssence…  Read More

Youthful Excellence: Francisco J. Núñez and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City® Will Engage Twin Cities on Many Levels

You may have seen them on national television—“From the Top at Carnegie Hall,” NBC’s Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting, and “Good Morning America” for starters. And their founder and conductor, MacArthur “genius” Fellow Francisco J. Núñez, was recently profiled on Fox & Friends and interviewed on a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works Media…  Read More

2014-2015 Announcement: VocalEssence Brings It Home for 46th Season

CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 Twin Cities choral organization announces season of fresh collaborations, including choral premiere from hip hop artist Dessa — and a tribute to P.D.Q. Bach MINNEAPOLIS — March 21, 2014 —Acclaimed Minneapolis-based choral ensemble VocalEssence — recognized internationally for its innovative explorations of music — announces a captivating 46th season of concerts.…  Read More

Performer Melanie DeMore Pounds, Claps into Town for WITNESS: Stomp & Sing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PERFORMER MELANIE DEMORE POUNDS, CLAPS INTO TOWN FOR WITNESS: Stomp & Sing VocalEssence welcomes vocal activist Melanie DeMore in concert Sun., Feb. 9, 4 p.m.   MINNEAPOLIS—November 7, 2013—The 130-voice VocalEssence Chorus will share the Orchestra Hall stage with vocal activist Melanie DeMore on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. for a…  Read More