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Weekend Picks: First-ever Twin Cities Art Week, events at Penumbra and the Capri, Chihuly, Queen Sonja of Norway’s visit

By Sheila Regan MinnPost | October 13, 2022 It’s the Twin Cities Art Week this week, a new festival of sorts where all kinds of galleries and museums are spiffed up with special events. Plus a lot more. It’s the Twin Cities Art Week this week, a new festival of sorts where all kinds of…  Read More

‘Midwinter’ heats up with plethora of weekend events

By Sheila Regan MinnPost | March 3, 2022 There’s flamenco happening in St. Paul at Park Square, and gallery reception happening at Macalester with four really interesting artists that are looking at history and memory in unusual ways. Congratulations. We’ve gotten past the direst cold months and welcome a reprieve as we officially enter “midwinter.”…  Read More

Events in the Community

VocalEssence brings people together through song, and we want you to join us! Get Minnesota Singing Tour: VocalEssence is going on the road to Greater Minnesota to bring our communities together through song. Together We Sing Festival: In partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society, VocalEssence invites you to spend part of your MLK weekend to…  Read More

Concerts and Events

VocalEssence brings our community together through song. Our concerts and events inspire people of all ages to connect with each other, hear beautiful music, and create music of their own. Concert Series: Each season, VocalEssence performs 5-7 concerts around the community for audiences ages 6 and up. Our music goes beyond the typical choir standards,…  Read More

13 Minnesota arts and entertainment events we can’t wait to see in 2019

By Terry Blain | Special to the Star Tribune DECEMBER 27, 2018 — 6:00PM: Star Tribune critics and editors anticipate most promising art and entertainment. ‘Candide,’ Cowles Center, March 21-24 A world gone crazy, full of unpredictable perils and reverses of fortune. Sound familiar? It’s the back story to Leonard Bernstein’s operetta “Candide,” a rambunctious treatment of Voltaire’s…  Read More

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events 2019

By Deb Mazzacco  Pioneer Press January 18, 2019—5:24 pm Here’s a roundup of Minneapolis and St. Paul events Saturday, Sunday and Monday commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day. SATURDAY, JAN. 19-MONDAY, JAN. 21 St. Paul: MLK Weekend at the Minnesota History Center. Family art activities, service projects, performances, closing of “The 1968 Exhibit,” noon to 3 p.m.…  Read More

Fundraising Events

VocalEssence hosts various small events throughout each season to engage and inform new audiences about the incredible work we do. Our largest event is our biennial gala fundraiser, which take place again in the Spring of 2022. Click the link below for more information. VocalEssence Gala 2024

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 and to our shared cultural heritage. Thanks to generous support from our program sponsors, we are pleased to offer tickets to the Student Matinee: WITNESS…

VocalEssence Annual Report 2022-2023

In 2022-2023 VocalEssence completed an extended strategic planning process that included revised mission, vision, and values statements and new strategic imperatives to achieve the impact we wish to have in society. VocalEssence celebrates singing as an essential human expression. Artistic quality, passion for singing together, and reputation for engaging people are hallmarks of our impact.…

VocalEssence singers holding black folders performing at Northrop with brass and percussion players conducted by G. Phillip Shoultz, III. Photo Credit: Tony Nelson Photography

Welcome Christmas 2023 Highlights Digital Concert Program

FEATURING: VocalEssence Chorus VocalEssence Ensemble Singers VocalEssence Singers Of This Age VocalEssence Vintage Voices Brass and Percussion Ensemble Casey Rafn, piano Mary Jo Gothmann, organ Philip Brunelle, conductor G . Phillip Shoultz, III, conductor