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Choral legend Sigrid Johnson to be honored with premiere of ‘Song in My Heart’

October 18, 2023 By Brian Newhouse| YourClassical  Sigrid Johnson often said, “God gave me two beautiful sons, and every year I’m blessed with 100 daughters.” She conducted St. Olaf College’s 100-voice first-year women’s chorus, the Manitou Singers, for decades. And on Oct. 29 at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, the Minnesota choral legend will…  Read More

In loving memory of Sigrid Johnson (1952—2022)

So many thoughts fill my mind thinking of dear Sigrid, affectionately known to all singers as “Ears Johnson” for she truly had the most amazing way of discerning the sound of each individual voice. For 24 years at VocalEssence she was my colleague, my musical conscience, a joyful supporter for a great realm of music,…

VocalEssence Associate Conductor Sigrid Johnson announces retirement

CONTACT: Mary Ann Aufderheide 612-547-1454  VOCALESSENCE ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT Sigrid Johnson steps down at end of 2014-2015 Season MINNEAPOLIS—February 23, 2015—VocalEssence, one of the world’s premier choral music organizations, announces today that its long-time associate conductor, Sigrid Johnson, will be retiring from the organization at the end of the 2014-2015 season. Johnson has…  Read More

VocalEssence Opens Its 55th Season, Together We Sing

October 1, 2023 By Robert Atendido | Twin Cities Geek VocalEssence, the noted Twin Cities choral institution of which I happen to be a member, will be starting its 55th season, Together We Sing, in late October. We have started rehearsals already, and we are preparing both choral classics and new music to delight…  Read More

Weekend picks: Get your ghoul on at ‘The Haunted Avalon’ and with Sparkle Theatricals; get real-life scared contemplating a post-Roe world

October 26, 2023 By Sheila Regan | MinnPost Plus: VocalEssence performs with the St. Olaf Choir; a Hmong-American exhibit of art in different mediums in the east metro, and a Halloween puppet extravaganza on the Midtown Greenway. Halloween approaches and Twin Cities arts organizations are ready. Whether you’re in the mood for immersive outdoor puppetry, ghoulish…  Read More

Critics’ picks: The 13 best things to do and see in the Twin Cities this week

October 24, 2023 By Rob Hubbard | Star Tribune Critics’ picks for entertainment in the week ahead. VocalEssence and the St. Olaf Choir Here’s a meeting of two groups that remain the gold standard for the richly textured Upper Midwest style of choral singing. The concert features VocalEssence’s Philip Brunelle and G. Phillip Shoultz…  Read More

Minnesota Montly’s Best Bets: Oct. 23-29

October 23, 2023 By Minnesota Monthly| Minnesota Monthly–mDnRbIebBMZItZ9HSnrIZCDT8WFT6BVeH9LAuaeVUrGR88cJtsDvKYqr_LtGBeXfjGMPwxABedwqLimFWfvJZV2oQgQWwJCBAxkXuwFUeelyDGro&utm_content=279527892&utm_source=hs_email Things to do around Minnesota this week include a VocalEssence concert, Twin Cities Film Fest, Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, and more VocalEssence kicks off its 55th concert season What:  VocalEssence and the St. Olaf Choir When: Oct. 29 Where: Central Lutheran Church, 333 S. 12th St., Minneapolis Um! Yah! Yah! (Need…  Read More

St. Olaf Choir to perform concert with VocalEssence

October 10, 2023 By Connor Boritzke Smith | St. Olaf College The St. Olaf Choir will join forces with VocalEssence for a collaborative concert at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis on Sunday, October 29 at 4 p.m. The concert will be conducted by Anton Armstrong ’78, conductor of the St. Olaf Choir, and Philip Brunelle and…  Read More

VocalEssence and the St Olaf Choir in Concert Performance Opening Celebrated Choral Organization’s 55th Season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE AND THE ST OLAF CHOIR IN CONCERT PERFORMANCE OPENING CELEBRATED CHORAL ORGANIZATION’S 55TH SEASON Program features Requiem by José Maurícío Nuñes-García and the premiere of a composition in memory of Sigrid Johnson—October 29 MINNEAPOLIS—July 24, 2023—VocalEssence will open its 55th concert season this fall with the…  Read More

VocalEssence Announces 2023-2024 Season: “Together We Sing”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE ANNOUNCES 2023-2024  SEASON: “TOGETHER WE SING” VocalEssence will not slow down in season 55 with a celebration of longstanding musical partnerships. MINNEAPOLIS—May 12, 2023—VocalEssence, one of the world’s premier choral music organizations, is gearing up for its “speed limit” season—55 years of making music and celebrating the joy…  Read More

VocalEssence sounds festive at 50th anniversary concert

by Terry Blain October 8, 2018: Review: A high-energy anniversary concert revisited the ensemble’s greatest hits. In the beginning, there was Aaron Copland. Fifty years ago, Philip Brunelle invited the iconic American composer to conduct his newly formed choir at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis. The great composer accepted. And the rest, as they say, is…  Read More

In Honor of the VocalEssence 50th Anniversary by Catherine Dehoney, President of Chorus America

I’m Catherine Dehoney, President of Chorus America, the research, professional development, and advocacy organization for choruses in North America. Philip asked me to keep my remarks “short and profound, like the Gettysburg Address”.  I’m not sure I can achieve ‘profound’, so I’ll try for ‘short’! Two score and 10 years ago, Philip Brunelle brought forth…  Read More

VocalEssence Announces New Associate Conductor

CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE ANNOUNCES NEW ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR Phillip Shoultz III takes on novel leadership role as the choral group’s first full-time Associate Conductor MINNEAPOLIS—May 19, 2015— VocalEssence, the Minneapolis-based choral organization, has selected G. Phillip Shoultz III as its new Associate Conductor—a newly created full-time position. He replaces part-time VocalEssence Associate Conductor…  Read More