Be part of something new, and join us as we redefine choir. Pull up a chair and discover new voices as members of the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers perform music by up and coming Minnesota composers, and reimagine songs you know as vocal band “Nation” sings stunning pop a cappella cover songs.
Icehouse is located in what was originally the loading docks to the old Cedar Fuel and Ice where over 75,000 tons of Ice was harvested each year and later a part of Icehouse studios where many audio and video recordings took place. The original brick and wood ceiling still remains and was incorporated into the design of Icehouse the restaurant, bar and music venue. While we are not harvesting 75,000 tons, shooting videos nor recording albums, the space still remains true to the original industrial aesthetic and we honor our predecessors of the space by employing our take on classical food and drink recipes and by keeping the music going.
Nation is a collaborative vocal band pioneered by composer/performers Jocelyn Hagen and Timothy C. Takach. Their first EP “My Life Around You” was released in 2017 and includes 5 stunning pop a cappella cover songs.
VocalEssence ReMix encourages breakout musical artists-whether you sing in a rock band or play classical music-to write for voice. Four talented, emerging composers/songwriters are selected annually to have a six-month one-on-one composer mentorship with renowned composers Libby Larsen, Carol Barnett, J. David Moore, or Timothy Takach as they each write two choral works, one of which is suitable for high school-level choirs. The program also includes a performance of the new music by the professional VocalEssence Ensemble Singers, and possible commission and publication through the VocalEssence Music Press. VocalEssence ReMix is a collaboration between VocalEssence, the American Composers Forum, the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota, and the Jerome Foundation.