Performing Ensembles

Making of Welcome Christmas 2020 with TPT

Artistic Director Philip Brunelle and Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III shared their experience recording the Welcome Christmas concert this year in partnership with Twin Cities PBS (TPT). It took more than $75,000 to fund this partnership with TPT, and to date we have raised $62,000! If you are interested in continuing to support the…  Read More

Imagine Performances Premieres Saturday, Nov. 28

  Discover beauty in diversity, and imagine a world where the spirit of kindness, generosity, and love for our neighbors lives in us all year. Join the VocalEssence Singers Of This Age as they usher in the season of hope and love through songs, spoken word, and poetry from winter celebrations around the world, including Christmas, Diwali, Hanukkah, Hmong New Year, Kwanzaa, and Las Posadas. …  Read More

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Single Streams for the 2020-2021 Season are On Sale Now

Single Streams are now on sale for all of the 2020-2021 Season concerts. For just $15 you can purchase on demand access to one of the eight performances below. Each performance will premiere on a specific date and will be available to watch on demand after that date. Featuring stunningly clear audio and crisp, high-quality…  Read More

Rightfully Hers Concert Resources

Rightfully Hers Preview Buy Stream Now in the press Classical Minnesota Public Radio interview with John Birge, actor Sally Wingert, and composer Jocelyn Hagen: https://www.classicalmpr.org/story/2020/10/15/vocalessence-rightfully-hers Concert Program   Learn More about the 19th Amendment Centennial There are so many wonderful resources to learn more about the 19th Amendment Centennial! Below are a few of our…  Read More

Where in the World are the Conductors – February 2020

For Artistic Director and Founder Philip Brunelle, February is always ‘planning month’ putting together all the music for the 2020-21 season—choosing the repertoire for each concert, working with composers on commissions and also looking at plans for 2021-22!  And with Philip’s creative mind it is also an important time for him to help find those…  Read More

Celebrate MLK Weekend with VESOTA

Come and celebrate the incredible legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with our radically diverse youth choir VocalEssence Singers Of This Age (VESOTA). See below for more information. Together We Sing Festival Date/Time: Saturday, January 18,2020 from 1:30-5 PM Location: Minnesota History Center, Saint Paul Cost: Free, but registration required More Information: https://www.vocalessence.org/event/family-together-we-sing-festival-2020/…  Read More

Composer Kim André Arnesen Talks about Nordic Christmas

Up-and-coming Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen considered a few different factors when he sat down to choose the pieces that would become Nordic Christmas. “I looked at works that have been personal favorites in my life and those I thought had the greatest potential in this larger setting,” said Arnesen, “but I also hunted for…  Read More

Where in the World are the Conductors – October 2019

After conducting the opening Divine Light concerts of the season, Artistic Director Philip Brunelle traveled to Toronto for meetings with several composers as well as former MPR favorite, Eric Friesen, back in his native Canada.  The Ensemble Singers are now busy working on music for both November and December concerts including the world premiere of…  Read More

VocalEssence Singers Of This Age Annual Retreat

Year three for the VocalEssence Singers Of This Age (VESOTA) promises to be our most exciting one yet! We are thrilled to welcome over 20 new young artists to join our 22 returning singers. It’s also exciting to note that we have expanded the number of schools with VESOTA representation by three! The second annual…  Read More

Behind the Music for Divine Light

Artistic Director Philip Brunelle carefully selected each piece for the Divine Light concert on Sunday, October 13th. Watch and read more about why below and purchase your tickets today! The Ensemble Singers are an amazing group—certainly Minnesota’s finest!  I want them to sing for you a program that gives you, the listener, an idea of…  Read More