Performing Ensembles

Where in the World are the Conductors – October 2017

Artistic Director Philip Brunelle is presently in Seoul, South Korea conducting an all-American concert with one of Korea’s finest professional choirs, the Ansan City Choir. Included in the program is “Peter Quince at the Clavier” by Dominick Argento, to celebrate Argento’s 90th birthday on October 27. When he returns, he will have a number of…  Read More

Where in the World Are the Conductors – September 2017

A wonderful month ahead with lots of music-making! The first rehearsals have begun for the VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers. Osmo Vänskä comes to rehearsal next week as the Ensemble Singers prepare for the Finland concerts with Osmo on clarinet and Sara Pajunen on fiddle. Don’t miss one of these September 24 concerts at the…  Read More

VocalEssence Vintage Voices Building Buzz

This fall, more than 60 older adults from Ecumen Seasons at Apple Valley and Parkshore Senior Living in St. Louis Park are warming up their voices at VocalEssence Vintage Voices rehearsals. Vintage Voices, a program of VocalEssence, brings the many benefits—physical, psychological, and social—of choral participation to older adults. It removes barriers to engagement and…  Read More

2017-2018 Composer Winners Announced

VocalEssence is pleased to announce the following winners of the 20th annual VocalEssence Welcome Christmas Carol Contest, and the second year of VocalEssence ReMix. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all who applied. Welcome Christmas Carol Contest Winners Sponsored by the American Composers Forum and VocalEssence, the Welcome Christmas Carol Contest is now…  Read More

Where in the World are the Conductors – August 2017

Philip Brunelle, Artistic Director & Founder July and August have definitely been ‘music months’ for me. July began with many planning meetings for the coming season and the first week concluded with an amazing patriotic event at the Anoka airport with 24 VocalEssence singers and 5000 motorcyclists and their motorcycles! Then off to Barcelona for the…  Read More

Dreams of the Fallen Program Note by Jake Runestad

The ensemble of solo piano, chorus, and orchestra provides a formidable challenge to any composer given its sheer size, sonic power, and infinite textural and color possibilities. While planning for this work, I sought thematic material that would allow the piano to embody a character or person who could speak clearly and directly to the listener. During this conception…  Read More

VocalEssence in the Community This Holiday Season

VocalEssence is spreading holiday cheer all around the Twin Cities metro this holiday season. In addition to our four Welcome Christmas concerts December 3-11, 2016 and two Star of Wonder concerts on Saturday, December 10, 2016, our voices will be heard far and wide. Review our schedule below and add us to your holiday festivities.…  Read More

Carols & Lullabies Preview

This holiday, welcome Christmas to Minnesota through a journey to pueblos, ponderosas, and piñon, traveling under the power of the VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers. “We are privileged so many families make an annual tradition of joining VocalEssence for our exploration of Christmas music, each year viewed through a different lens,” said Philip Brunelle. “This…  Read More

The Voyage Librettist Reveals Inspiration for Work

The Voyage librettist Charles Bennett talks about what inspired him to compose the text for this new work. Hear the U.S. Premiere of The Voyage at the VocalEssence concert on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 4 pm at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, MN.

Guest Artist Melanie DeMore Inspires Hundreds

VocalEssence WITNESS guest artist Melanie DeMore visited Minnesota the week of September 19-24, 2016 where she breathed life into the Underground Railroad theme for hundreds of students, teachers, and community members. Below is a list of all of Melanie’s activities that week: School Visits at Parkway Middle, North High School, Parkway Middle, Johnson Senior High School), where…  Read More

Making the World Beautiful, One Stitch at a Time

It was a surprise like no other. In cahoots with Philip Brunelle, Kay’s husband Mike commissioned five women composers to write a song based on one of Kay’s quilts. She was speechless at the reveal. “I can’t tell you how excited I am about this project,” Kay described later with tears in her eyes. “This…  Read More

VocalEssence ReMix Adds New Voices to Choral Music

VocalEssence announces the winners of its second annual ReMix mentorship, designed to foster the next generation of choral music composers. VocalEssence ReMix matches four emerging Minnesota composers with mentors for a six-month one-on-one partnership to help each composer complete two new, original choral pieces. These works will premiere at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)…  Read More