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Diverse High School Choir VocalEssence Singers Of This Age Celebrate Community in “Choosing Love” Concert

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 DIVERSE HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR VOCALESSENCE SINGERS OF THIS AGE CELEBRATE COMMUNITY IN “CHOOSING LOVE” CONCERT Young singers with uplifting message of acceptance perform at the Ordway in St Paul, April 24 MINNEAPOLIS—March 31, 2022—Reimagining our community as a beloved source of acceptance, affirmation, and love for every…  Read More

North Community High School

1500 James Avenue North Minneapolis, MN 55411 Directions For personalized directions, click the button below to view the interactive Google Map. Google Map Parking There is a small free surface lot outside of Door 18 on Irving Ave. If the surface lot is full, free street parking is available.

VocalEssence Takes WITNESS Program for Schools Online

Jazz88.FM | Monday, September 21, 2020 G. Phillip Shoultz, Associate Conductor of VocalEssence, talks about the WITNESS Program going online and getting back to rehearsals. The WITNESS Program celebrates the contributions of African Americans to our shared American heritage through concerts, recordings and comprehensive educational programs. Originally aired Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 on the Morning…  Read More


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 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

Albert Lea High School Auditorium

Directions The Albert Lea High School Auditorium is located inside Albert Lea High School. Parking information There is a surface lot attached to the school. Mobility Impaired Services Parking Handicapped spaces are available near the door. Elevators There is only one level for this performance. Wheelchair Seating There is wheelchair seating at this venue. Please…  Read More

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. 2020-2021 VocalEssence WITNESS: Will you be a Witness? Movements of Social Change Throughout history and across many cultures, music and movement, art and creative expression have all…  Read More

Harding High School choir part of Mexican composer residency

By: Marjorie Otto | LillieNews PUBLISHED: Monday, 03/18/2019 – 12:00am Students helped compose new song to be premiered at Ordway On a recent Wednesday, the Chamber Choir at Harding High School began class with a series of warm ups before getting to work for the day, practicing an original song they helped compose. The…  Read More

VocalEssence WITNESS School Workshops in Full Swing

Our VocalEssence WITNESS School Program workshops are in full swing, with all eight VocalEssence Teaching Artists busy conducting workshops with more than 4,300 students from 32 elementary, middle and high schools, through the lens of their artistic medium, around the subject of trailblazing African American and African women in our community. Recently, at Alice Smith…  Read More

VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! School Visits Spring 2018

VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! brings the talents of composers from Mexico into Minnesota classrooms. This year’s composers are Bernardo Feldman and Jimena Contreras, who were in Minnesota for a residency March 12-23, 2018. It was their second of three total visits to our VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! partner schools. This trip the composers had an opportunity to meet with…  Read More

VocalEssence Presents Award for Creative Programming to Northfield High School Director

VocalEssence was pleased to present the Award for Creative Programming to Kyle Eastman, director of the Northfield High School Concert Choir. The award is presented annually to a Minnesota-based non-professional choral organization in order to uphold high standards of excellence in repertoire selection, to acknowledge and reward creativity in performing choral performance, and to affirm the importance…  Read More

‘Brothers, Sing On’: 200-Voice High School Male Chorus Rocks Rehearsal

Students from six Twin Cities high schools gathered on Monday, November 16 at Southwest High School in Minneapolis for their first rehearsal with VocalEssence Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III to prepare for their performance with VocalEssence and the Morehouse College Glee Club for the WITNESS concerts in February 2016. Students learned five songs, rehearsed…  Read More

VocalEssence Adds WITNESS Teaching Artists to School Program Roster

The VocalEssence WITNESS School Program offers partner schools the opportunity for students to interact with one of our WITNESS Teaching Artists, who explore the yearly program theme through their artistic discipline. Teaching Artists create an integrative academic experience for students combining the study of African American culture with art, music, social studies, literature, character building…  Read More

Pioneer Press: Mexican composers help Twin Cities schools make music

Choir students at Park High School are led by choir director Ben O’Connor, background, in a piece titled Triunfaré by Mexican composer Julio César Morales Pineda, right, in Cottage Grove on Friday, March 20, 2015. (Pioneer Press: Ben Garvin) By Bob Shaw Posted:   03/29/2015 Do you sing better when the song is written…  Read More

VocalEssence WITNESS School Program instructs and inspires

This year, 49 partner schools are participating in the VocalEssence WITNESS School Program, which began with the annual Teacher Orientation Seminar in September and continues through workshops and residencies with our Teaching Artists. The theme, “Let Freedom Ring,” focused on the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his lifelong promotion of racial equality through…  Read More