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PHILIP BRUNELLE’S ‘MUSICAL MOMENTS’ REACHES 250 EPISODE MILESTONE  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  CONTACT:  Jennifer Weismann  612-716-0556  Jennifer@owl-marketing.com  PHILIP BRUNELLE’S ‘MUSICAL MOMENTS’ REACHES 250 EPISODE MILESTONE   (PLUS SPECIAL BONUS TRACK)  VocalEssence pandemic programming about diverse choral composers concludes, takes on new life as worldwide choral educational tool   MINNEAPOLIS—MAY 6, 2021—A web series conceived as a temporary pandemic response by a choral conductor unable to perform in public will conclude May 6 after 250 episodes (plus one), and will enter a new phase of reach and longevity, helping choral conductors around…  Read More

William Banfield | 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 William Banfield.  William Banfield b. 1961 William Banfield is an award-winning African American composer whose symphonies, operas, and chamber works have been performed and recorded by major symphonies across the country. He received his Bachelor…  Read More

Hall Johnson | 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 Hall Johnson. Hall Johnson 1888-1970 Hall Johnson was one of a number of African American composers and arrangers who elevated the spiritual to an art form. Johnson received an extensive education, including time at the…  Read More

William Grant Still | 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 William Grant Still. William Grant Still 1895-1978 The African American composer William Grant Still was known for his prolific and influential career as a commercial arranger and composer. In 1911 he entered Wilberforce University (Ohio),…  Read More

Where in the World are the Conductors-June 2021

Philip Brunelle: Artistic Director and Founder Philip Brunelle is working on creating a digital library of all the composers featured on Musical Moments with the help of intern Blake Wieseler from St. Olaf College. Since Musical Moments began in March of 2020, almost 300 composers who have been central to the success of VocalEssence have…  Read More

Where in the World are the Conductors – February 2021

Artistic Director Philip Brunelle and Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III are hard at work this month preparing for a multitude of upcoming performances. Philip Brunelle The month of February is filled with rehearsals for our next concert, Call of the North; how wonderful to have the Ensemble Singers back together! The concert (to be…  Read More

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

Where in the World are the Conductors – July 2020

By the end of July, Artistic Director and Founder Philip Brunelle will have recorded and presented 100 “Musical Moments” featuring 100 composers who have featured with VocalEssence over the past 51 years! Also, on July 18 Philip will be featured virtually in a program honoring him as Musician of the Year by the Society of American…  Read More

Where in the World the Conductors – June 2020

Artistic Director Philip Brunelle is being feted this summer! Chorus America, the the advocacy, research, and leadership development organization that advances the choral field across North America, is giving him the Distinguished Service Award on Friday, June 12. Watch him receive the award on their YouTube channel. The Society for American Music, dedicated to the…  Read More