COVID-19 Update – April 27, 2020

We hope you are safe and find ways to make the best of this pause that we are experiencing. Below is a status update for our organization.


While VocalEssence is physically distancing, we continue to look for ways to use the healing power of music to socially connect and keep people thinking positively. Click on the links to learn more.

  • Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle: Every week day, Philip shares a little insider information and beautiful music about an important composer.
  • Take 5 with GPS: Join us for a hope-filled five-minute daily live stream so we all may lift our voices together in our new routine—hosted by VocalEssence Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III.
  • Sounds of Hope from VocalEssence Singers Of This Age: Our radically representative youth choir VocalEssence Singers of This Age is creating Sounds of Hope, a singing challenge for all ages, where they will be choosing songs that give them hope.
  • GPS & Friends Live Stream: Starting April 30, join us at 7 PM every Thursday for a 30 minute live stream to connect with international artists, hear what inspires them, and watch them perform. Live chat with the performers, and binge watch all of the shows anytime via our Youtube Channel.
  • Singer Pen Pals: VocalEssence has paired members of our adult VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers with singers from one of our three older adult Vintage Voices choirs.


Because of the uncertainty of when we could reschedule the following events, we have decided to cancel them.

  • The Mendelssohns concert
  • VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! Community Concert


  • Get Minnesota Singing Tour 2020: We have currently postponed these performances, and will update our website when new dates are scheduled.
  • VocalEssence Gala 2020: We have rescheduled this event for Sunday, October 4th at 4:30 PM at the Hilton in downtown Minneapolis. If you have purchased an individual ticket or a sponsorship for the event, your tickets have automatically been updated to the new date. If you have questions about your ticket, please contact Laura Holst at


  • Voices Calling concert: This concert is scheduled for Saturday, May 30, 2020, and we are exploring a way to offer portions of this concert virtually. Check the event page for up to date information.
  • CARES PPP Loan: VocalEssence was fortunate to receive a CARES PPP Loan to cover expenses this spring.
  • 2020-2021 Season: We plan to announce our season soon, but are evaluating our programming choices in a post-COVID-19 world.
  • Singer Auditions: Currently scheduled auditions in April and May will be transitioning to virtual screening auditions. Check the VocalEssence audition website as plans progress.
  • Rehearsals: We are taking these on a week by week basis. We are currently offering virtual hangouts for singers so that they can continue to connect with one another.
  • Virtual Office: VocalEssence has now moved to a virtual office. If you need to get in touch with a staff member, please email them. Click here for a list of our staff emails.