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 →
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 →
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 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 →
Artistic Director Philip Brunelle and a special guest update you about the progress of our 2020-2021 season announcement.
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 →
Join us at Deep Roots at Orchestra Hall on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 4:30 PM. Tickets start at just $10! https://www.vocalessence.org/event/concert-deep-roots/
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 →
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 →
Join us at Winter Wonder at Mia on December 14th! NEW this year will be a reading of the book Where Are All The Minnesotans interspersed with crafts and music. Learn more and purchase your tickets here: https://www.vocalessence.org/winter-wonder-2019/
Composer Kim André Arnesen is in town from Norway and is so excited for the premiere of his new piece Nordic Christmas, commissioned in honor of the 125th anniversary of Sons of Norway. Join us at a performance this December. Click here to learn more.
Join us for What a Mighty God conducted by Dr. André Thomas on Sunday, November 17th from 4-6 PM at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, MN. Tickets start at $10. https://www.vocalessence.org/event/concert-what-a-mighty-god/
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 →
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 →
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 →