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In our 50 years, VocalEssence has recorded more than 30 albums that have been sold around the world by sellers including Amazon, Gothric Records, CDBaby, and Instant Encore. The singers acknowledge the power of these recordings to carry the musical…  Read more »

Celebrate our 125th Anniversary with Music from Norway’s Top Composer

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Sons of Norway Blog | October 10th, 2019​​​​​​​ As part of the celebration for our upcoming 125th Anniversary in 2020, Sons of Norway has commissioned a musical work from renowned Norwegian composer Kim Andre Arneson. Just in time for Christmas,…  Read more »

Beethoven meets poet Rita Dove: The week’s best classical concerts

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By Terry Blain | Star Tribune Published: OCTOBER 6, 2019 — 2:00PM Beethoven with a side of poetry “Sonata for a crazy mulatto.” The dedication Beethoven wrote on the score of his towering “Kreutzer” Sonata was presumably meant affectionately,…  Read more »

Set Your Soul Free with VocalEssence WITNESS: What a Mighty God

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 SET YOUR SOUL FREE WITH VOCALESSENCE WITNESS: WHAT A MIGHTY GOD Spirituals are in the spotlight as the VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers welcome Dr. André Thomas, NaGuanda Nobles, and Christian Mark…  Read more »

VocalEssence music program comes to Westview Elementary

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By: Patty Dexter | SUN Thisweek Published: April 11, 2019 Two local musicians visited Westview Elementary School in Apple Valley on April 4 as part of the school’s participation in VocalEssence’s Witness program. VocalEssence is a Minnesota arts organization…  Read more »

2019 Contest Guidelines

Click Here to Download the 2019 Welcome Christmas Guidelines and Application 2019 Contest Guidelines World premiere: No prior performance of submitted work. Original carol: No arrangements or new settings of existing tunes. Eligibility: Composers of all ages whose permanent residence…  Read more »

VocalEssence plans imaginative 50th-anniversary season; 23rd Annual Art-A-Whirl in northeast

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By Pamela Espeland | 08:32 am If you saw yesterday’s Artscape and Theater Latté Da’s season announcement, you already know part of VocalEssence’s big 50th-anniversary reveal: a collaboration with Latté Da. But that’s the tip of the iceberg (this is the North, after all) of…  Read more »

VocalEssence marks 50th season with greatest hits and a big show with Theater Latté Da

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ANALYSIS: VocalEssence’s anniversary season is full of retrospectives, co-presentations and a strong commitment to diversity. By Terry Blain Special to the Star Tribune MAY 15, 2018 — 2:53PM It’s been 50 years since an ambitious young Minnesotan named Philip Brunelle…  Read more »

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