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Choral legend lands in Minnesota with music composed especially for VocalEssence

By Terry Blain Special to the Star Tribune APRIL 19, 2018 — 11:49AM Englishman John Rutter is a phenomenon in the world of choral music, celebrated worldwide for the easy melodiousness of his music — and the joy it brings to those who sing it. His Minnesota connections date back more than three decades, to…  Read More

VocalEssence Singers Of This Age (SOTA)

The singers from the VocalEssence Youth Choir recently announced themselves to the local community using their official name: VocalEssence Singers Of This Age, or SOTA, for short. Since this is the inaugural year for the diverse choir, with students from all over the Twin Cities, the students were given the task naming the group. “During…  Read More


CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 NORTHERN MINNESOTA GETS A SONG AND STORY-FILLED VISIT FROM MARK TWAIN AND VOCALESSENCE Don Shelby reunites with choral ensemble plus fiddler Sara Pajunen for “River Songs and Tales with Mark Twain Northern Minnesota Tour” —April 4-8             MINNEAPOLIS — February 1, 2018 — Even in the land of 10,000 lakes,…  Read More

VocalEssence serves up fresh Christmas music by Minnesota composers

By Terry Blain Special to the Star Tribune DECEMBER 5, 2017 — 11:12 AM   Musically speaking, Christmas can be an excuse for endless stuck-in-a-loop recycling. Concerts are packed with carols we’ve heard hundreds of times before, served up as comfort listening for a frantic holiday season. I love those old songs, too. And yet…  Read More

VocalEssence Programs Enhancing Music Education in Minnesota

For the next three months, VocalEssence will feature its education programs to promote Music Makes Us Whole, an initiative that brings together non-profit and for-profit organizations in Minnesota to raise awareness about the ways a rich music education enhances a child’s development. This month, we’re highlighting VocalEssence WITNESS School Program and Lullaby Project. VocalEssence WITNESS…  Read More

Danish Pioneer: VocalEssence in Minnesota Features Swedish Composer Nils Lindberg’s ‘A Christmas Cantata’

November 11, 2015 VOCALESSENCE GOES BIG (BAND) THIS CHRISTMAS! Choral ensemble in Minnesota puts a swinging twist on traditional Christmas carols—and delivers “A Christmas Cantata.” Nationally acclaimed choral ensemble VocalEssence swings into the holiday season with its annual concert series—Welcome Christmas. This year the series features Swedish composer Nils Lindberg’s A Christmas Cantata, an “iridescent…  Read More

VocalEssence Fusiona a México con Minnesota en ¡Cantaré!

CONTACTO: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 El conjunto coral con sede en Minneapolis estrena sus nuevas obras musicales compuestas por compositores mexicanos y estudiantes locales en el Concierto Comunitario ¡Cantaré! MINNEAPOLIS —1 de abril de 2015— VocalEssence invita a toda la familia a cruzar la frontera hacia una celebración musical mexicana en el Concierto Comunitario de…  Read More

VocalEssence Fuses Mexico with Minnesota in ¡Cantare!

CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556   VOCALESSENCE FUSES MEXICO WITH MINNESOTA IN ¡CANTARÉ! Minneapolis-based choral ensemble premieres new works by Mexican composers and local students in ¡Cantaré! Community Concert   MINNEAPOLIS—February 16, 2015—VocalEssence invites families to cross the border to a Mexican musical celebration in the ¡Cantaré! (I Will Sing!) community concert on May 21.…  Read More

Minnesota icon Philip Brunelle shares 8 great ‘Musical Moments’ in his life

By Terry Blain | Special to the Star Tribune Published: AUGUST 9, 2020 — 2:00PM As Minnesota legend Philip Brunelle presents his 100th webcast Monday, he shares a few personal tales.   When the coronavirus crisis hit, Philip Brunelle started talking, and he has been talking ever since. The result? A string of “Musical…  Read More

EVENT: Music Lives Here, A Minnesota Roundtable, August 20

Aug 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Join us on Thursday, August 20 for a roundtable on Race, Advocacy, and Equity with special guest Quanice G. Floyd, founder and director, Arts Administrators of Color Network. Zoom Information Meeting ID: 980 7775 6921 Password: musiclives Dial by your location +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) Background A day of new possibilities began…  Read More

VocalEssence Announces New Board Members

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556  VOCALESSENCE ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBERS New board members; new officers and committee chairs to guide Twin Cities choral organization through 2020-21 season Click here for photos: MINNEAPOLIS — JULY 28, 2020 — VocalEssence is announcing new board members as well as new officers and committee chairs…  Read More

VocalEssence Singers Of This Age Offer Their Voices for Healing

After serving at Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church Food Shelf in Minneapolis, members of VocalEssence Singers Of This Age made a trip to the George Floyd Memorial site to pay tribute. While there, they gave voice to this beautiful South African prayer for strength, courage, and compassion in the midst of trying times. May we…  Read More

VocalEssence Celebrates Black Families with Father’s Day Livestream

By Angela Johnson | Edina Magazine Published: JUNE 2020 VocalEssence presents a livestream sing-along and concert to honor black fathers. PHOTO BY: KYNDELL HARKNESS   G. Phillip Shoultz III of St. Louis Park, Minn. can picture the Wendy’s fast food restaurant in Atlanta, Ga. where an Atlanta police officer shot Rayshard Brooks following a struggle…  Read More


FAMILY: Voices Calling Concert Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle – May 29, 2020 – Florence Price Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle – May 28, 2020 – Hector Berlioz Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle – May 27, 2020 – Nathaniel Dett Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle – May 26, 2020 – Gerald Finzi Musical Moments with…  Read More