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Welcome Christmas Digital Concert Program

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

Philip Brunelle featured on The Importance of the Arts to History with WCCO’s Jearlyn Steele

Philip Brunelle, VocalEssence artistic director and founder, was featured on The Importance of the Arts to History with WCCO’s Jearlyn Steele on October 30,2022 to talk about Montserrat Boy Choir. Philip Brunelle’s interview begins at 32:55. Check out the interview below.

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The Mendelssohns Digital Concert Program

FEATURING: VocalEssence Chorus VocalEssence Ensemble Singers VocalEssence Singers Of This Age Nicholas Chalmers, tenor Maria Jette, soprano High School Festival Choir featuring singers from: Albert Lea High School, Diane Heaney, director Robbinsdale-Armstrong High School, Stephanie Trump & Corey Cellurale, directors St . Michael Albertville High School, Joe Osowski & Paige Armstrong, directors Mary Jo Gothmann,…

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Sunday Sermons with Dan Barreiro

Dan is back giving the sermons ahead of game 4 between the Wild and Blues, drummer from ‘The Police’ Stewart Copeland joins off the top, and Russo Radio joins from St Louis to preview game 4. Click the player below to listen to the interview. (If you wish to skip directly to the interview, go…  Read More

Where in the World are the Conductors-August 2021

Philip Brunelle: August has been a busy month of planning for Artistic Director and Founder Philip Brunelle. He has been working on finalizing repertoire for the season, ordering orchestral music, confirming concert dates and details, and (of course) continuing to do fundraising! This month also included attending a Board member’s wedding, finishing the edits for…  Read More

Twin Cities choral group VocalEssence continues to bear ‘Witness’ to Black composers

By Rob Hubbard Special to the Star Tribune | May 14, 2021 The Minneapolis choral organization has led the way for three decades. Photo credit: ANNA MIN VocalEssence members rehearsed for the Witness program with associate conductor G. Phillip Shoultz III at Bethel College’s Benson Concert Hall in St. Paul. Photo by Anna Min…  Read More

When can the arts reopen? Dr. Fauci says, ‘If we are careful … sometime in the fall

By: Pamela Espeland MinnPost | March 25, 2021 Dr. Anthony Fauci: “Get vaccinated when you are eligible, continue to wear a mask, and socially distance when out in public.” Susan Walsh/Pool via REUTERS ALSO: VocalEssence’s “Call of the North” features Minnesota composers and poets; Davina and the Vagabonds to livestream from the Dakota; and…  Read More

G. Phillip Shoultz, III Featured on Steele Talkin’ with Jearlyn Steele on WCCO Steele Talkin’-Center Stage October 18, 2020 39 min Download On this week’s edition: Singer/musician Mary Bue Singer/musician Anderson Daniels Blues musician Annie Mack VocalEssence associate coordinator G. Phillip Shoultz, III

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

Where in the World are the Conductors – August 2019

The end of July found artistic director Philip Brunelle in Hong Kong, where the Hong Kong Children’s Choir celebrated its 50th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of VocalEssence. He also found time to stop in London and Gloucester for the Three Choirs Festival, where he enjoyed a Bob Chilcott premiere, and met with composer James…  Read More

Where in the World are the Conductors—April 2018

Spring holds so many incredible musical moments for the VocalEssence team, with new and old voices joining in! Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III and his family are delighted to announce they welcomed a new member—Lydia Grace. Born on Wednesday, March 21 at 7:13 am, Lydia joins brother Malachi (4). Check out the VocalEssence Facebook…  Read More

Where in the World are the Conductors – August 2017

Philip Brunelle, Artistic Director & Founder July and August have definitely been ‘music months’ for me. July began with many planning meetings for the coming season and the first week concluded with an amazing patriotic event at the Anoka airport with 24 VocalEssence singers and 5000 motorcyclists and their motorcycles! Then off to Barcelona for the…  Read More