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Come Together In Song

Come together and sing with us! Throughout the season, we will be inviting you to add your voice with others to connect and build community. FAMILY: The Wizard of Oz Movie Sing-Along Grand Finale of Music & Movies in the…  Read more »

How Philip Brunelle Became the Twin Cities’ Song Leader

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Philip Brunelle has been the song leader of the Twin Cities for 50 years. But how he got there? It wasn’t all a joyful song. by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl June 18, 2018: http://mspmag.com/arts-and-culture/how-philip-brunelle-became-the-twin-cities-song-leader/ Philip Brunelle is 75 years old and an international…  Read more »

Bridge of Song Reverb

As a professional choir conductor for 20 years, I’ve learned to read the subtle cues in the room before the singing starts, but I’d never before experienced a feeling quite like the one at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis on…  Read more »

Older Adults Benefit From the Power of Song

How do you stay healthy as you age? Just ask anyone in the VocalEssence Vintage Voices program—singing. This spring, Vintage Voices conductor Rob Graham and piano accompanist John Jensen are rehearsing choirs at Sabathani Senior Center and Ebenezer Park Apartments…  Read more »

Senior Citizens Benefit from the Power of Song

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CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 Jennifer@owl-marketing.com SENIOR CITIZENS BENEFIT FROM THE POWER OF SONG Participants in VocalEssence Vintage Voices program will perform May 5 and 12 MINNEAPOLIS — March 1, 2016 — Leading arts organization VocalEssence announces the second season of…  Read more »

VocalEssence plans imaginative 50th-anniversary season; 23rd Annual Art-A-Whirl in northeast

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By Pamela Espeland | 08:32 am https://www.minnpost.com/artscape/2018/05/vocalessence-plans-imaginative-50th-anniversary-season-23rd-annual-art-whirl-northe If you saw yesterday’s Artscape and Theater Latté Da’s season announcement, you already know part of VocalEssence’s big 50th-anniversary reveal: a collaboration with Latté Da. But that’s the tip of the iceberg (this is the North, after all) of…  Read more »

VocalEssence marks 50th season with greatest hits and a big show with Theater Latté Da

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ANALYSIS: VocalEssence’s anniversary season is full of retrospectives, co-presentations and a strong commitment to diversity. By Terry Blain Special to the Star Tribune MAY 15, 2018 — 2:53PM http://www.startribune.com/vocalessence-marks-50th-season-with-hits-premieres-and-a-big-show-with-theater-latt-da/482706891/ It’s been 50 years since an ambitious young Minnesotan named Philip Brunelle…  Read more »

50th Anniversary

We are delighted to announce the VocalEssence 50th Anniversary Season, where we honor the past, celebrate the present, and look toward the future. Our season embodies our value of creating access and nurturing new voices in our community, and lifts…  Read more »

VocalEssence Announces Season Lineup for Extraordinary 49th Year

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CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 Jennifer@owl-marketing.com VOCALESSENCE ANNOUNCES LINEUP FOR EXTRAORDINARY 49TH YEAR Stellar artistic performances, unique educational programming, and enriching community engagement on track for Twin Cities choral organization’s 2017-2018 season MINNEAPOLIS—APRIL 24, 2017—Nationally renowned choral organization VocalEssence today announces…  Read more »

Who We Are

Singing has always been a community activity. For generations upon generations, people have come together in song to celebrate, mourn, praise, and inspire each other. For nearly half a century, VocalEssence has been dedicated to keeping that essential human tradition…  Read more »

First Solo Concert for VocalEssence Youth Choir to Celebrate Identity

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 Jennifer@owl-marketing.com FIRST SOLO CONCERT FOR VOCALESSENCE YOUTH CHOIR TO CELEBRATE IDENTITY “Singers of This Age” (SOTA) choir welcomes special guests for inaugural performance in new VocalEssence Family Series—November 8             MINNEAPOLIS — October…  Read more »

VocalEssence celebrates 50 years of making musical bridges — and that first boost from Aaron Copland

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by Kathy Berdan October 4, 2018: https://www.twincities.com/2018/10/04/vocalessence-50th-anniversary-concert-ordway-st-paul-philip-brunelle-aaron-copland-cantare/ Harmony through harmony. That’s a good description of what Twin Cities choral stalwart VocalEssence has been doing for half a century. Founder and director Philip Brunelle and the group’s 30-member professional Ensemble Singers recently returned…  Read more »

VocalEssence on tour in Mexico; Peter Lorre series at the Trylon

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By Pamela Espeland | 10:05 am August 31, 2018 https://www.minnpost.com/artscape/2018/08/vocalessence-on-tour-in-mexico-peter-lorre-series-at-the-trylon/ The news about U.S.-Mexico relations continues to seesaw. After threats, tariffs and retaliatory tariffs, there’s a new free-trade deal in the works. There’s endless talk about a border wall and…  Read more »

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