Schools & Education

Help Fill the Hall this Holiday Season

The Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium, that is. 6,567 students are slated to attend the VocalEssence WITNESS Young People’s Concerts this February (1,000 more students than last season!). But here’s the catch … The cost of the VocalEssence WITNESS program and Young People’s Concerts is $28.50 per student, but in order to make this program affordable…  Read More

Lullaby Project Creation Sessions Awe and Amaze

Inspiration abounded for teen moms and their children at Longfellow Alternative High School this November. Five African American teen moms from Minneapolis worked with guest artist Melanie DeMore, Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III, and members of the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers to write lullabies for their babies. The program is part of the Lullaby Project,…  Read More

Give to the Max and Fill the Hall

Thursday, November 17, 2016 is Give to the Max Day! 6,567 students are slated to attend the VocalEssence WITNESS Young People’s Concerts this February (1,000 more students than last season!). In order to make the concerts possible for everyone, we need to raise $25 per student. Sponsor a seat (or two) and pay it forward…  Read More

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

VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! to Include iPads in Performance

Students are buzzing with excitement about the upcoming VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! Community Concerts on Monday, May 23 at 6 and 8 pm at the Ordway Concert Hall. Northport Elementary School students have been practicing moving while singing. Composer Alephsus Valdés has written a song for them using iPads. “Máscaras” or “Masks” includes students covering and uncovering…  Read More

VocalEssence Choralia is a Smashing Success!

What a wonderful world! The VocalEssence Choralia fundraiser on Sunday, May 1, 2016 broke so many records that VocalEssence is overcome with gratitude. We sold out the Radisson Blu Mall of America with 500 attendees. Guest artist Melanie DeMore encouraged all of us to “hold up” one another through song, while singers from the Sabathani Vintage Voices…  Read More

VocalEssence Choralia Almost Sold Out!

Time is running out to purchase tickets to VocalEssence Choralia—a singing celebration to benefit the VocalEssence Community Engagement Programs. We are nearly sold out! Do you have your ticket yet? Because of our limited availability, tickets are only available by calling 612-547-1473. VocalEssence Choralia Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 4:30 pm Radisson Blu Mall of America…  Read More

Lullaby Project Connects Teenage Moms with Their Babies

Longfellow Alternative High School in Minneapolis has been filled with song this March with visits by special musical guests from VocalEssence. ¡Cantaré! Composer Francisco Zúñiga Olmos, Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III, and members of the Ensemble Singers are working with six teenage moms to help them write a lullaby for their babies. This is…  Read More

‘Brothers, Sing On’: 200-Voice High School Male Chorus Rocks Rehearsal

Students from six Twin Cities high schools gathered on Monday, November 16 at Southwest High School in Minneapolis for their first rehearsal with VocalEssence Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III to prepare for their performance with VocalEssence and the Morehouse College Glee Club for the WITNESS concerts in February 2016. Students learned five songs, rehearsed…  Read More

Help Us Fill Orchestra Hall with Young People in February!

This year we are challenging VocalEssence supporters to help us fill Orchestra Hall with young people in February: 5,418 students are slated to attend the WITNESS Young People’s Concerts to see VocalEssence and the Morehouse College Glee Club on stage. But here’s the catch … The cost of the WITNESS program and Young People’s Concerts…  Read More

Participants ‘Create Community and Share Beauty” at Fox Cities Choral Music Festival

  VocalEssence Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III and a quartet of Ensemble Singers traveled to Wisconsin this week for a two-day choral music festival that cast Phillip as guest conductor of the mass choir of three high schools, while also working with soloists and leading teacher workshops. Ensemble Singers Joseph Ellickson, Robert Graham, Judith…  Read More

Meet Our VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! 2015-2016 Composers

Mexican composers Francisco Zúñiga Olmos and Alephsus Valdés will spend four weeks in the Twin Cities over the course of three visits with elementary schools and community choral singers, exploring Mexican cultural and choral music traditions as part of VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! 2015-2016. The new music they write will be premiered at the ¡Cantaré! Community Concerts…  Read More