Inclusion Access and Equity

Lifting Every Voice to Inspire Change Uplifted Thousands!

  On Father’s Day 2020, VocalEssence gathered family and friends around the country to sing for justice in a livestream with song leaders from coast to coast. Envisioned and created by VocalEssence Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III, this event was a joy-filled, family friendly celebration with songs that honor fathers and the father figures…  Read More

More Love, Less Hate

As we all do our part to be agents of change, the VocalEssence Singers Of This Age have a message and a challenge for us all. We believe love inspires action. We believe love creates change. We believe love pursues justice. We sing in love. Let’s fight injustice, change systems, and lift our voices with love…  Read More

Together We Sing

Our hearts are grieving as yet again another life—another Black life— was violently taken away. George Floyd did not have to die. Philando Castile did not have to die. Jamar Clark did not have to die. Countless other men and women should not have lost their lives due to these intolerable acts of injustice. It…  Read More

Paid Parental Leave at VocalEssence

VocalEssence announced today a new paid parental leave program for employees, providing eight weeks of paid leave for the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a new child. The program will be available to mothers and fathers equally. “We are proud to provide this important benefit to our employees to ease some of the burden…  Read More

New Paths to Inclusion, Access, and Equity

One of the most promising aspects of our 2018-2020 Strategic Plan is our push to expand the “we” in “Together We Sing!”  We’re doing this by advancing inclusion, access, and equity in our organization.  We’re lucky enough to live in a diverse community where people of all ages and backgrounds are passionate about music. By…  Read More

VocalEssence Board and Staff Embark on Intercultural Organizational Development

This spring, the VocalEssence Board and Staff are excited to embark on a multi-year journey into Intercultural Organizational Development to assist in furthering our Inclusion, Access, and Equity commitment. After interviewing multiple consultants, the VocalEssence Executive Committee of the Board has approved working with Beth Zemsky. Beth comes to VocalEssence after decades of experience in…  Read More

VocalEssence Listening Zone Initiative

In the fall of 2017, the Board of Directors voted to diversify the audience, singers, board, staff and vendors by age and by race. Prior to determining what exactly would change and how we would accomplish this, we sought to listen to members of our community specifically around the following: (1) what barriers may exist…  Read More