Together We Sing

Where in the World are the Conductors – September 2020

Artistic Director Philip Brunelle and Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III have been busy preparing for a safe and innovative 52nd season of VocalEssence. Online and physically distanced rehearsals have begun with VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers and will begin soon for our youth choir VocalEssence Singers Of This Age. Philip Brunelle has begun releasing…  Read More

Seasons of Love Virtual Choir

 We believe love inspires change, pursues justice, and creates change. We sing in love. This performance of Seasons of Love features members from the VocalEssence Chorus, Ensemble Singers, and Singers Of This Age, and is part of our continued effort to inspire people to use their voices to make this a more equitable world…  Read More

How Can We Help You? Online Gala FAQ

How do I watch? Go to and click “sign up” to register. Enter your personal information and click “I am not a robot.” Then click the green “sign up” button again. This is where you can watch, bid, and give. To start watching the video, click the red and white play button. To chat, click…  Read More

Where in the World are the Conductors – July 2020

By the end of July, Artistic Director and Founder Philip Brunelle will have recorded and presented 100 “Musical Moments” featuring 100 composers who have featured with VocalEssence over the past 51 years! Also, on July 18 Philip will be featured virtually in a program honoring him as Musician of the Year by the Society of American…  Read More

Tour the VocalEssence Online Gala with Maria Jette

Learn how to navigate the VocalEssence Online Gala in this virtual tour by acclaimed soprano Maria Jette. Register Now Ready to register and see what is included in the gala? Click here to register. Watch the Gala Join us on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 7 PM to watch, bid, and give at the VocalEssence…  Read More

How to Create the Perfect VocalEssence Online Gala Dinner

Even though we won’t be sitting down together, that doesn’t mean you can’t recreate the meal that we planned! Check out these How-To videos and recipes below by Carline Bengtsson, Dine4Dinners personal chef and VocalEssence Gala 2020 Sponsor. Basil, Fennel, and Strawberry Salad Basil, Fennel, and Strawberry Salad Recipe Ingredients Mixed Salad Greens Basil Fennel Strawberries…  Read More

Where in the World the Conductors – June 2020

Artistic Director Philip Brunelle is being feted this summer! Chorus America, the the advocacy, research, and leadership development organization that advances the choral field across North America, is giving him the Distinguished Service Award on Friday, June 12. Watch him receive the award on their YouTube channel. The Society for American Music, dedicated to the…  Read More

A Word from Our Conductors – April 2020

Artistic Director Philip Brunelle and Associate Conductor | Learning and Engagement Director G. Phillip Shoultz, III are finding inspiration from so many places during this time. Read a few words from them below. Philip Brunelle I have found these words from Dr. Randall Bradley, Professor Church Music at Baylor University very uplifting: “I long for…  Read More

DONOR SPOTLIGHT: Fred and Ann Moore find quality, community and staying power in VocalEssence

When Fred and Ann Moore lived in Wisconsin, they were familiar with VocalEssence, having attended several holiday concerts over the years. “But our association began in earnest when we moved to Minnesota seven years ago and started going to almost every concert,” said Fred, who recently joined the VocalEssence board of directors. With such faithful…  Read More

VocalEssence 50th Season Annual Meeting

What a year! After a successful 50th season, we took a moment to pause and reflect on our accomplishments with those near and dear to us. On May 9, 2019, 80 people representing a broad slice of the VocalEssence community—members of our board, staff, choirs, donors, patrons, volunteers, and advisory councils—came together to share in the…  Read More

Sing, Connect, and Give Back at the Together We Sing Festival

In preparation for the 3rd Annual Together We Sing Festival, VocalEssence Associate Conductor Phillip Shoultz has devoted time this summer to developing a relationship with Ujamaa Place. After meeting with Executive Director, Otis Zanders, and touring the facilities, Phillip recently led his first talk in a series of presentations that will explore, “Sharing Your Truth:…  Read More

Where in the World are the Conductors—February 2018

Our conductors had a great time with VocalEssence WITNESS: Of Such I Dream and the debut of the new youth choir, VocalEssence Singers Of This Age (SOTA). But there’s always another adventure around the corner for Artistic Director Philip Brunelle and Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III. Philip Brunelle will be escaping to warmer quarters…  Read More

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