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VocalEssence Christmas Concert Featuring Gustavus Alumni Wins Upper Midwest Emmy

by Sara Cronk Gustavus Adolphus Fine Arts Blog | October 21st, 2021 VocalEssence Christmas Concert Featuring Gustavus Alumni Wins Upper Midwest Emmy The VocalEssence Chorus features multiple Gustavus Alumni. Picture Credit Bruce Silcox, courtesy of VocalEssence At the 22nd annual Upper Midwest Regional Emmys, Minneapolis-based VocalEssence’s Christmas concert, Welcome Christmas, received the Emmy for Entertainment, Long Form Content.…  Read More

Classic Dylan Goes Choral in Midwest Premiere from VocalEssence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 CLASSIC DYLAN GOES CHORAL IN MIDWEST PREMIERE FROM VOCALESSENCE “The Times They Are A-Changin’: The Words and Music of Bob Dylan” interprets some of the Nobel Prize-winning Minnesotan’s best-loved songs—April 27 at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul                 MINNEAPOLIS — February 10, 2019 — VocalEssence is…  Read More

VocalEssence Announces New Board Members

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556  VOCALESSENCE ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBERS New board members; new officers and committee chairs to guide Twin Cities choral organization through 2020-21 season Click here for photos: MINNEAPOLIS — JULY 28, 2020 — VocalEssence is announcing new board members as well as new officers and committee chairs…  Read More

Voz en Punto: Mexican Sextet Will Be Immersed in Minnesota Communities

When VocalEssence brings in a group like Voz en Punto for VocalEssence Presents: Voz en Punto on November 15, we engage them in more than the performance—we want them to work with all aspects of the community! From November 13-16, the group will visit schools, lead a community sing and perform as part of a…  Read More

Corporate and Foundation Gifts

Foundations VocalEssence enjoys extraordinary support from a wide variety of foundations that believe in our work. Foundation trustees and program officers are confident that VocalEssence will deliver outcomes for our audience members and program participants that meet and many times surpass their expectations. Funding partners include but are not limited to: Albrecht Family Foundation Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation…  Read More

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 VocalEssence. Board Officers Carolina Maranon-Cobos, President Program Manager, Institute for Advanced Study, University of Minnesota Torrie Allen, Vice President President and CEO, Arts Midwest Daniel Fernelius,…  Read More

Critics’ picks: The 11 best things to do and see in the Twin Cities this week

By Star Tribune Staff Star Tribune | February 23, 2023 Critics’ picks for entertainment in the week ahead. Muse & Evanescence Minneapolis is the second stop on a tour that kicks off Saturday in Chicago, so it’s impossible to say what the arty, Rush-channeling British rockers in Muse will have up their sleeves. Their…  Read More

2021-2022 Supporters

VocalEssence is blessed to have so many committed supporters. Thank you for all that you do to keep our community singing! Although we make every effort to ensure that our Honor Roll list is accurate and complete, we are capable of error. Please let us know if your name does not appear the way you…

VocalEssence, a Minnesota Choral Institution, Returns for Its 54th Season

by Robert Atendido Twin Cities Geek | October 13, 2022 In classical music circles, Minnesota has long been known as a center for choral music. In addition to world-renowned college choirs, such as the ones at St. Olaf, Concordia, and Gustavus Adolphus, the Twin Cities alone have dozens of different choral groups that one could…  Read More

Roxane Wallace

Roxane Wallace is active in the arts as a performer, dance instructor, and choreographer.  Originally from California, she holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley.  Constantly engaged in her field, she has worked with numerous choreographers and directors of both regional and international acclaim and earned the “Best Dancer” title in the…

Karla Nweje

Karla Nweje is an arts educator, choreographer, performer, and literary artist known for cultivating partnerships across organizations and programs to make quality arts experiences accessible to all learners. Karla is a regular presenter and speaker at arts and education conferences and serves on the teaching artist roster for many organizations.

Ginger Commodore

Ginger Commodore is a singer, songwriter, and actress who enjoys an illustrious career in the Twin Cities area. An original member of the Grammy Award winning Sounds of Blackness and the Moore by Four vocal jazz ensemble, Ginger has shared the stage with countless stars and has taken her inspirational performances around the globe. Click…

Robert Wetzler | 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 Robert Wetzler. Robert Wetzler b. 1932 Robert Wetzler is an American composer, organist, and choirmaster based in Minneapolis, MN, well-known for his sacred choral works. Wetzler earned his Bachelor of Arts from Thiel College and…  Read More


By Amy Melin | Twin Cities PBS When COVID-19 first showed up in the U.S., G. Phillip Shoultz III, like many Americans, had no idea what was ahead. “All of us naively thought this is just going to be a few weeks and we’ll get back to our lives,” he reflects. But the director of…  Read More