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VESOTA Wins Chorus America Education Award

April brought a huge thrill as Chorus America recognized VocalEssence with its 2019 Education and Community Engagement Award for our youth choral program, VocalEssence Singers Of This Age (VESOTA).  Chorus America is a prominent advocacy organization for our nation’s choral groups, and its Education and Community Engagement Award recognizes the best emerging program (less than…  Read More

VocalEssence Programs Enhancing Music Education in Minnesota

For the next three months, VocalEssence will feature its education programs to promote Music Makes Us Whole, an initiative that brings together non-profit and for-profit organizations in Minnesota to raise awareness about the ways a rich music education enhances a child’s development. This month, we’re highlighting VocalEssence WITNESS School Program and Lullaby Project. VocalEssence WITNESS…  Read More

Thank you for joining us on Arts Advocacy Day; voice your support for music education

On Arts Advocacy Day, February 19, VocalEssence staff members gathered with like-minded art lovers and shared with legislators the importance of the arts to our lives, communities and economy. Senator Bill Weber from southwestern Minnesota was one of many legislators visited by arts advocates including Katrina Wallmeyer, director of development and communications at VocalEssence, pictured…  Read More

Cocktails & Cabaret Fundraiser to Support Arts Education

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COCKTAILS & CABARET FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT ARTS EDUCATION Twin Cities choral group, VocalEssence, celebrates Nov. 18 at the Metropolitan   MINNEAPOLIS—Philip Brunelle, artistic director and founder of celebrated Twin Cities choral ensemble VocalEssence, will put down his conductor’s baton and take his place at the piano for the non-profit’s annual Cocktails &…  Read More

Cocktails & Cabaret Fundraiser to Support Arts Education

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COCKTAILS & CABARET FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT ARTS EDUCATION Twin Cities choral group, VocalEssence, celebrates Nov. 18 at the Metropolitan   MINNEAPOLIS—Philip Brunelle, artistic director and founder of celebrated Twin Cities choral ensemble VocalEssence, will put down his conductor’s baton and take his place at the piano for the non-profit’s annual Cocktails &…  Read More

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Mar 6, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Cre·ate  /krēˈāt/  verb To bring (something) into existence.  “The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create.”  —President Barack Obama  Will you be a witness? Join the VocalEssence Singers Of This Age and the VocalEssence Teaching Artists as they journey through American history to trace the power of creative expression to heal, connect people, and make change. Through solo and group…  Read More

VocalEssence Takes WITNESS Program for Schools Online

Jazz88.FM | Monday, September 21, 2020 http://www.jazz88.fm/2020/09/21/vocalessence-takes-witness-program-for-schools-online/ G. Phillip Shoultz, Associate Conductor of VocalEssence, talks about the WITNESS Program going online and getting back to rehearsals. The WITNESS Program celebrates the contributions of African Americans to our shared American heritage through concerts, recordings and comprehensive educational programs. Originally aired Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 on the Morning…  Read More

Choral, Community and Creativity in Times of Crisis: Interview with Philip Shoultz of VocalEssence

By Alissa Musto | Medium Published: September 22, 2020 https://medium.com/music-with-a-purpose/choral-community-and-creativity-in-times-of-crisis-interview-with-philip-shoultz-of-vocalessence-28566863a57b   #MusicWithAPurpose is a series dedicated to continuing the conversation surrounding music education and expression, both pre and post COVID. Today’s interview features Philip Shoultz, Associate Conductor and Director of Learning and Engagement for VocalEssence — a 52 year old performing arts organization based in…  Read More

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VOCALESSENCE WITNESS SCHOOL PROGRAM CELEBRATING AFRICAN AMERICAN CONTRIBUTIONS TO FINE ARTSNOW AVAILABLE TO ALL STUDENTS, EVERYWHERE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 jennifer@owl-marketing.com 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

Jocelyn Hagen | 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 Jocelyn Hagen. Photo by Jenn Cress, used with permission of Jocelyn Hagen Jocelyn Hagen b. 1980 Jocelyn Hagen is a distinguished and innovative composer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Hagen’s musical talents were apparent from an…

Dame Ethel Smyth | 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 Dame Ethel Smyth. Dame Ethel Smyth 1858-1944 Dame Ethel Smyth was a British composer, writer, and feminist born into a military, upper middle-class family in London, England. She studied harmony and counterpoint in Leipzig, Germany…

Conrad Susa | 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 Conrad Susa. Conrad Susa 1935-2013 Photo used with permission from ECS Publishing Group. American composer Conrad Susa is best known for his choral music, incidental music, and operas. Susa studied at Carnegie Mellon University and…

Ludwig van Beethoven | 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 Ludwig van Beethoven. Portrait of Beethoven by Joseph Karl Stieler, 1820 Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827 Likely the most influential and widely recognized composer of the nineteenth century, Beethoven is most known for his instrumental music.…