Elder Learning

VocalEssence Vintage Voices Perform Summer Concerts

Sabathani Vintage Voices summer 2021 Concert On June 30, 2021, after nearly 16 months apart, the Sabathani Vintage Voices made their post-pandemic concert debut! Performing for family, friends and neighbors, the singers shared songs and spoken word, including several original poems written by our singers that celebrated the beloved community, coming together in unity, and…  Read More

VocalEssence Vintage Voices Restarts In Person

The VocalEssence Vintage Voices program connects older adults with the benefits of group singing by forming choirs at senior centers and residences. While the program continued during the pandemic, the singers were limited to Zoom sessions. They missed the fun and togetherness of being in the same room. In early April, it finally became safe…  Read More

Vintage Voices Trillium Woods Chorale Mini Concert

A pandemic didn’t stop these singers in their eighties at Trillium Woods from bringing a little joy to their lives. Together with the leadership of VocalEssence Vintage Voices artistic director Robert Graham and help from the brand new virtual choir recording platform SongAlong, these singers created a mini choir concert! After 10 weeks of Zoom…  Read More

Vintage Voices Singer visit at their homes

VocalEssence Vintage Voices Takes Singing Back Home

This September, VocalEssence Vintage Voices conductor Rob Graham has been visiting the homes of older adult singers from Sabathani Community Center in South Minneapolis. At a safe distance and accompanied by Sabathani Community Center Senior Program Director Georgia Marinkov-Omorean, Rob has been greeting them with a friendly visit as well as gifting them a care…  Read More

Vintage Voices Rehearsals Now Virtual

Our Vintage Voices program for older adults has joined the virtual world. Conductor Robert Graham is now leading members from the Trillium Woods Chorale and Parkshore Singers in both rehearsals and social gatherings on Zoom every two weeks.  These same activities will begin this summer with the Sabathani Vintage Voices, our flagship ensemble of the Vintage Voices program. This is in addition to…  Read More

Singer Pen Pal Initiative

VocalEssence is excited to launch the Singer Pen Pal Initiative, a program that pairs members of our adult VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers with singers from one of our three older adult Vintage Voices choirs. The VocalEssence Vintage Voices program sends a professional conductor and pianist into a senior community to create choirs that promote positive…  Read More