Musical Moments

Bob Chilcott

Bob Chilcott | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Bob Chilcott. Bob Chilcott b. 1955 Bob Chilcott is a British conductor, singer, and composer of music that choirs at all levels love to sing. Chilcott sang in the choir of King’s College, Cambridge, first…  Read More

Eskil Hemberg

Eskil Hemberg | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Eskil Hemberg. Eskil Hemberg 1938-2004 Eskil Hemberg was a composer and conductor born in Stockholm, Sweden. He studied organ, composition, and conducting at the Stockholm Royal College of Music under Herbert Blomstedt from 1957 to…  Read More

Honegger

Arthur Honegger | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Arthur Honegger. Arthur Honegger 1892-1955 Arthur Honegger was born to Swiss parents, but spent much of his life composing in Paris. As a child, he studied violin and harmony privately in Le Havre and spent…  Read More

Hogan

Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle – August 7, 2020 – Moses Hogan

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Moses Hogan. Moses Hogan 1957-2003 Moses Hogan was a leading arranger of African-American spirituals, as well as a talented pianist and conductor. Beginning at an early age, Hogan studied piano and was immersed in the…  Read More

Hampton

Calvin Hampton | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Calvin Hampton. Calvin Hampton 1938-1984 Calvin Hampton was best known for his music for organ and his talents as an organist, though he also composed beautiful sacred music for choir. He studied organ and composition…  Read More

Gjeilo

Ola Gjeilo | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Ola Gjeilo. Ola Gjeilo b. 1978 Ola Gjeilo is one of the most frequently performed composers in the choral world. An accomplished pianist, improvisations over his own published choral pieces have become a trademark of…  Read More

Durufle

Maurice Duruflé | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Maurice Duruflé. Maurice Duruflé 1902-1986 The French organist and composer Maurice Duruflé is known for the extraordinary sensitivity in his music. At age ten, he entered the choir school at Rouen Cathedral, where he was…  Read More

Byrd

William Byrd | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer William Byrd. William Byrd 1543-1623 As the foremost English composer of the Renaissance, William Byrd made significant contributions to nearly every existing genre and influenced generations of younger composers. From 1563 to 1572, Byrd served…  Read More

Barnwell

Ysaÿe M. Barnwell | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Ysaÿe M. Barnwell. Ysaÿe M. Barnwell b. 1946 The composer and singer Ysaÿe M. Barnwell writes meaningful music that choirs love to sing. After studying violin for fifteen years and majoring in music in high…  Read More

Ginastera

Alberto Ginastera | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Alberto Ginastera. Alberto Ginastera 1916-1983 Argentinian composer and teacher Alberto Ginastera was widely recognized as among the most significant 20th century composers. He studied composition at the Conservatorio WIlliams and the Conservatorio Nacional de Música,…  Read More

Petr Eben | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Petr Eben. Philip is joined by the contralto Lisa Drew. Petr Eben 1929-2007 As one of the foremost Czech composers, Petr Eben wrote beautiful music in nearly all classical genres and forms. He was raised…  Read More

Brahms

Johannes Brahms | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Johannes Brahms. Johannes Brahms 1833-1897 German composer and pianist Johannes Bramhs was one of the most significant composers of the 19th century. His musical education began in childhood with lessons in violin with his father,…  Read More

Ina Boyle

Ina Boyle | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Ina Boyle. Ina Boyle  1889-1967 The Irish composer Ina Boyle was the foremost female composer in Ireland before 1950. She lived her entire life in her family home in Enniskerry, a village in County Wicklow,…  Read More

Stanford

Charles Villiers Stanford | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

Today, Philip explores the music of English composer Charles Villiers Stanford from the piano in Guild Hall and the organ in the Sanctuary of Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis. Charles Villiers Stanford 1852-1924 The gifted British composer and influential teacher Sir Charles Villiers Stanford was born and raised in Dublin. He showed early promise as…  Read More