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Jennifer Higdon | 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 Jennifer Higdon. Jennifer Higdon b.1962 Jennifer Higdon is one of America’s most acclaimed and most frequently performed living composers. She is a major figure in contemporary Classical music, receiving the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music…  Read More

Christmas concerts coming up; Louise Erdrich at One Book, One Minnesota

By Pamela Espeland | MINNPOST PUBLISHED: December 4, 2020 Christmas concerts coming up; Louise Erdrich at One Book, One Minnesota Dr. Anton Armstrong conducting the Massed Choirs and St. Olaf Orchestra during the 2019 Christmas Festival. Courtesy of St. Olaf College And suddenly it’s December. Hard to believe almost nine months have passed since the first…  Read More

Black Friday Weekend Deals – 20% Off

Buy local this weekend to support your favorite choir! Use code SALE20 for 20% off the items listed below. Offer expires on Monday, November 30th at 11:59 PM.   Imagine Single Stream Find JOY and HOPE as the voices of our youth choir VocalEssence Singers Of This Age help you imagine a world where the…  Read More

G. Phillip Shoultz III of VocalEssence: ‘Stopping has never been an option for me’

By Pamela Espeland | columnist MinnPost Published: OCTOBER 16, 2020 Shoultz leads the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers (32 professional singers), the VocalEssence Chorus (115-120 volunteer singers) and the youth choir VocalEssence Singers of This Age, aka VESOTA. Photo by Kyndell Harkness G. Phillip Shoultz III at the start of the pandemic: “So the first step was triage. Let’s…  Read More

Minnesota icon Philip Brunelle shares 8 great ‘Musical Moments’ in his life

By Terry Blain | Special to the Star Tribune Published: AUGUST 9, 2020 — 2:00PM As Minnesota legend Philip Brunelle presents his 100th webcast Monday, he shares a few personal tales.   When the coronavirus crisis hit, Philip Brunelle started talking, and he has been talking ever since. The result? A string of “Musical…  Read More

Statement of Appreciation to Leadership of VocalEssence from the Board

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato   Given the extraordinary times in which we are living and working, the Board of Directors of VocalEssence pauses to acknowledge, celebrate, and express deep gratitude for the commitment of artistic and operational staff…  Read More

Weekend Best Bets: June 18-21

This weekend: Juneteenth celebrations, online Midsommar festival, Electric Fetus sale, Father’s Day Motor Show, and more By Tally Shaver | Minnesota Monthly Published: JUNE 17, 2020 Melanie DeMore, a song leader for Sunday’s Father’s Day SingalongKYNDELL HARKNESS Minnesota Arboretum Hosts Weekly Storytime & Crafts What: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Storytime & Crafts at Home When: Every…  Read More

Feeling Fine with the Fine Arts: 6 Shows to Livestream

Ballet dancers, jazz musicians, the Minnesota Orchestra, VocalEssence—they’re keeping us entertained and themselves in good shape By Erik Tormoen G. Phillip Shoultz III, conductor of the Twin Cities’ VocalEssence choral ensemble, sits at a piano, belting Ella Fitzgerald’s “Blue Skies,” livestreaming from his home—because it’s another morning of self-quarantine, and this is what he’s doing…  Read More

A Word from Our Conductors – April 2020

Artistic Director Philip Brunelle and Associate Conductor | Learning and Engagement Director G. Phillip Shoultz, III are finding inspiration from so many places during this time. Read a few words from them below. Philip Brunelle I have found these words from Dr. Randall Bradley, Professor Church Music at Baylor University very uplifting: “I long for…  Read More

For 30 years, VocalEssence’s ‘Witness’ program has celebrated black music

By Terry Blain | Special to the Star Tribune Published: FEBRUARY 18, 2020 — 10:57AM G. Phillip Shoultz III brings the Witness program to 40 schools each year. “Thirty years ago, Black History Month was just a mention on Minnesota Public Radio, and maybe a concert here or there. There wasn’t anything sustained here…  Read More

Hilton Minneapolis

Directions From the East Take 94 West toward Minneapolis. Take the 11th Street exit. Merge onto E Grant Street, continue onto S 11th Street. The parking garage entrance is on 11th Street on the right between 2nd Avenue and Marquette. For valet parking, continue past the garage entrance to Marquette and turn right. Follow Marquette…  Read More

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church

Directions From Minneapolis Take Cedar Ave (Hwy. 77) South (past Mall of America) and into Apple Valley Exit onto County Rd. 38, following the brown and white “Zoo” signs. Head east on County Rd. 38 for 1 mile (you will cross back over Cedar). Go past the zoo entrance to the stop lights at Johnny…  Read More

The 10 concerts that shone brightest in 2019 on Minnesota’s classical scene

By Terry Blain | Star Tribune Published: December 20, 2019 — 8:20AM 1. “Candide,” VocalEssence, March 21: Leonard Bernstein’s Voltaire operetta is tough to stage, but Theater Latté Da’s Peter Rothstein recast it brilliantly as a 1930s radio broadcast. VocalEssence made the music sparkle, with Bradley Greenwald narrating. 2. St. John Passion, Oratory Bach Ensemble,…  Read More

‘All Is Calm’ is filmed for PBS; ‘Dog Act’ at Gremlin Theatre

By Pamela Espeland | MinnPost PUBLISHED: December 13, 2019 Photo by Joseph Scheller Theater Latté Da spent part of this week with a film crew from New York Public Media (WNET). They were there to film Peter Rothstein’s award-winning “All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914” for national broadcast on PBS in 2020. For three days,…  Read More