Musical Moments

Geoffrey Bush | 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 Geoffrey Bush. Geoffrey Bush 1920-1998 Geoffrey Bush was a British composer, teacher, and music scholar who produced a wide range of compositions across different genres, including many songs and works for choirs. He began piano…  Read More

Giovanni da Palestrina | 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 Giovanni da Palestrina. Giovanni da Palestrina 1525-1596 Giovanni da Palestrina was an Italian Renaissance composer of sacred music and the best-known 16th-century representative of the Roman School of musical composition. Documents suggest that he first…  Read More

Jorge Córdoba | 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 Jorge Córdoba. Jorge Córdoba b. 1953 Jorge Córdoba Valencia was born on December 15, 1953, in Mexico City. As a young adult he had very diverse experiences in music. He informally studied popular music including…  Read More

Robert Sund | 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 Robert Sund. Robert Sund b. 1942 Robert Sund is a distinguished Swedish composer and conductor. He was for many years artistic director and conductor of the mixed choir Allmanna Sången and the male choir Orphei…  Read More

Leo Sowerby | 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 Leo Sowerby. Leo Sowerby 1895-1968 Leo Sowerby was an American composer and church musician often called the “Dean of American church music” in the early to mid 20th century. He studied composition with Arthur Olaf…  Read More

David McKinley Williams | 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 David McKinley Williams. David McKinley Williams 1887-1978 David McKinley Williams was an American organist and composer known for his work at St. Bartholomew’s Church, New York City. Gowing up in Denver, he was a chorister…  Read More

Pierre Villette | 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 Pierre Villette. Pierre Villette 1926-1998 Pierre Villette was a French composer of choral and instrumental music. Born into a musical family he studied with Maurice Duruflé before attending the Paris Conservatoire. In 1957, Villette was…  Read More

Leland Sateren | 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 Leland Sateren. Leland Sateren 1913-2007 Leland Sateren was a renowned Minnesotan composer and conductor who served as chairman of the Augsburg College Department of Music from 1950 to 1973 and as director of the Augsburg…  Read More

Edmund Rubbra | 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 Edmund Rubbra. This Musical Moment features Soprano, Maria Jette, as Philip’s guest. Edmund Rubbra 1901-1986 Edmund Rubbra was a prolific British composer of instrumental and choral music. He was born to a poor, though musical,…  Read More

Vincent Persichetti | 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 Vincent Persichetti. Vincent Persichetti 1915-1987 Vincent Persichetti was an American composer, teacher, and pianist known for his integration of various new ideas in musical composition into his own work and teaching as well as for…  Read More

Imant Raminsh | 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 Imant Raminsh. Imant Raminsh b. 1943 Distinguished Canadian composer and violinist Imant Raminsh is well-respected for his instrumental and choral compositions alike. Born in Latvia, Imant Raminsh has lived in Canada since 1948. After a…  Read More

Paul Mealor | 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 Paul Mealor. Paul Mealor b. 1975 Paul Mealor is one of the world’s most performed living composers and has been described as ‘the most important composer to have emerged in Welsh choral music since William…  Read More

John Wesley Work III | 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 John Wesley Work III. John Wesley Work III 1901-1967 John Wesley Work III was an internationally acclaimed composer, educator, choral director, and ethnomusicologist. Both into a musical family, his parents were employed at Fisk University,…  Read More

Gabriela Lena Frank | 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 Gabriela Lena Frank. Gabriela Lena Frank b. 1972 Gabriela Lena Frank is an eminent American composer of contemporary classical music. Born in Berkeley, California to a mother of mixed Peruvian/Chinese ancestry and a father of…  Read More

Alberto Grau | 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 Grau. Alberto Grau b. 1937 Alberto Grau is arguably one of the most influential contemporary Venezuelan choral composers and conductors of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. His books on choral conducting and composition, The…  Read More