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November 2015

FUNDRAISER: Voz en Punto Fiesta

Nov 15, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ordway Concert Hall, 345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102 United States
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$75

Join us after the Voz en Punto performance on Sunday, November 15, 2015 in the Marzitelli Foyer at The Ordway to sample the flavors of Mexico with drinks, mouth-watering appetizers, and a sing-along with Voz en Punto to support the VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! education program. You will also have a chance to win top-drawer raffle prizes that include tickets to the sold-out A Prairie Home Companion show featuring the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers, and dinner for four at Surly Brewer’s Table. $30 of…

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VINTAGE VOICES: Augustana Open Circle of Apple Valley Concert

Nov 16, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Apple Valley Villa, 14610 Garrett Ave
Apple Valley, MN 55124 United States
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Free

Come and experience the sounds of the Vintage Voices Choir, Augustana Open Circle of Apple Valley's new chorus, in Songs of Love and Life, an exciting program featuring selections of jazz, blues, spirituals, folk songs and more! The concert is free and open to the public, with a reception following. Augustana Open Circle of Apple Valley is part of a new VocalEssence community engagement program called Vintage Voices, an exciting choral program that integrates the arts into the everyday lives of…

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REMIX: VocalEssence ReMix Premieres

Nov 20, 2015 @ 4:25 pm - 5:25 pm
St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 900 Stillwater Road
Mahtomedi, 55115 United States
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Register for the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota State Conference and you can attend the VocalEssence ReMix concert featuring four new choral works by Minnesota emerging composers Emily Feld, Michael Maiorana, Liam Moore and Daniel Smith, performed by the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers with Artistic Director Philip Brunelle. Special Thanks This program is made possible through the generous support of the Jerome Foundation.    

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VINTAGE VOICES: The Waters of Edina Concert

Nov 23, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Waters of Edina, 6300 Colonial Way
Edina, 55436 United States
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Free

Come and experience the sounds of The Waters of Edina’s new choir in Songs of Love and Life, an exciting program featuring selections of jazz, blues, spirituals, folk songs and more! The concert is free and open to the public, with a reception following. The Waters of Edina is part of a new VocalEssence community engagement program called Vintage Voices, an exciting new choral program that integrates the arts into the everyday lives of older adults by fostering the creation…

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VINTAGE VOICES: Walker Methodist Highview Hills concert

Nov 30, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Walker Methodist Highview Hills, Even Center, 21050 Highview Ave
Lakeville, MN 55044 United States
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Free

Come and experience the sounds of the Vintage Voices Choir, Walker Methodist Highview Hills' new chorus, in Songs of Love and Life, an exciting program featuring selections of jazz, blues, spirituals, folk songs and more! The concert is free and open to the public, with a reception following. Walker Methodist Highview Hills is part of a new VocalEssence community engagement program called Vintage Voices, an exciting choral program that integrates the arts into the everyday lives of older adults by…

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May 2016

FUNDRAISER: VocalEssence Choralia 2016

May 1, 2016 @ 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Radisson Blu, Mall of America, 2100 Killebrew Drive
Bloomington, MN 55425 United States
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$175

VocalEssence invites you to spring into song on May Day 2016 by attending Choralia—a singing celebration to benefit the VocalEssence Community Engagement Programs, which inspire people of all ages and cultures to explore their love of singing—together we sing! Spring Into Song Menu: Chef Dinesh Jayawardena of the FireLake Grill has put together a bouquet of delectable items including a delicious chicken and mushroom wellington or a mouth-watering vegetarian cannoli. Uplifting and immersive entertainment: VocalEssence, a guest choir, and special guest Melanie…

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EDUCATION: VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! Listening and Sharing Session for Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project

May 20, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2730 East 31st Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406 United States
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Free

As part of Carnegie Hall's Lullaby Project, VocalEssence will host a listening and sharing session of six newly written lullabies, jointly composed by select students from Longfellow Alternative High School and VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! composer Francisco Zúñiga, and performed by an octet of VocalEssence Ensemble Singers directed by Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III.  Reception to follow. Because of the private nature of the material, this event is available by invitation only, and closed to the public.  

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February 2017

BACKSTAGE PASS: VocalEssence WITNESS Dress Rehearsal

Feb 16, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, 55403 United States
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Free

Head backstage at Orchestra Hall to meet guest artist Melanie DeMore, Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III, and participants of VocalEssence WITNESS, which offers in-school workshops for students and invites schools to attend the VocalEssence WITNESS Young People’s Concerts. Stay to hear a sneak peek of the VocalEssence WITNESS: Underground Railroad concert dress rehearsal.

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March 2017

VocalEssence WITNESS Community Conversations: Legacies of Strength

Mar 18, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Historic Fort Snelling Visitor Center, 200 Tower Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55111 United States
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$5

Join us for a unique event featuring descendants of people who share a special connection to Fort Snelling. Lynne Jackson will share stories of her great-great-grandparents, Dred and Harriet Scott, whose fight for freedom led our nation closer to civil war. Sharon Harper will speak about her ancestor, Robert Hickman, who escaped slavery during the Civil War and found a new life in Minnesota. Now 160 years since the controversial Dred Scott ruling, these guest presenters will share stories of…

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October 2017

EVENT: MPR’s 50th Anniversary Block Party

Oct 7, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Landmark Center, Courtroom 317, 75 W 5th St
Saint Paul, 55102 United States
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Free

Join us on Saturday, October 7 for this free, family-friendly celebration of Minnesota Public Radio’s 50th anniversary with live music, food trucks, art activities and more. Singers from VocalEssence will perform from 6-6:30 PM on the Landmark Plaza Stage in downtown Saint Paul (in between performances by The Steeles and Dessa!) MPR 50th Anniversary Block Party Entertainment Schedule 3:30-4 p.m. Native Pride Dancerst, Hamm Plaza Stage 4-4:30 p.m. Minnesota Percussion Trio, Landmark Plaza Stage 4:30-5 p.m. Walker West Music Academy,…

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November 2017

BROADCAST: Dreams of the Fallen: Coming Home

Nov 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Classical Minnesota Public Radio

"Dreams of the Fallen: Coming Home" is a musical tribute to the men and women we honor each Veterans Day. Hosted by Steve Seel, the special's centerpiece is the short masterwork of the same title by young American composer Jake Runestad. The work sets the poetry of Iraq war veteran Brian Turner, and features pianist Jeffrey Biegel, the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and VocalEssence. Runestad's and Turner's works combine in this deeply moving exploration of experiences familiar to many veterans: returning…

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EVENT: VocalEssence ReMix Performance

Nov 17, 2017 @ 4:25 pm - 5:25 pm
St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 900 Stillwater Road
Mahtomedi, 55115 United States
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Looking for new music? Looking for composers to commission? Refresh your repertoire at VocalEssence ReMix. Hear choral premieres for developing and advanced ensembles by emerging Minnesota composers performed by the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers. 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…

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January 2018

EVENT: VocalEssence Performs at Super Bowl Live

Jan 26, 2018 @ 5:20 pm - 5:40 pm
Nicollet Mall and 8th Street, 747 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402 United States
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VocalEssence is thrilled to announce that it has been tapped to kick off the Super Bowl Live festivities in Minneapolis. This January, in a kick-off event leading up to Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium, the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers will perform a 20 minute set on Nicollet Mall before Idina Menzel, Tony Award-Winner and the voice of Elsa in the Disney blockbuster Frozen, takes the stage. Please join us on Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis to sing along to a medley of football…

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May 2019

EVENT: Soul Sing at Icehouse

May 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Icehouse MPLS, 2528 Nicollet Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404 United States
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$12 – $15

Advance ticket sales are closed. $15 Standing room tickets will be available for purchase at the door beginning at 5PM. VocalEssence is partnering with The Avant Garde to bring out the soul in all of us. Led by VocalEssence Teaching Artist Niles (Chadwick Phillips), The Avant Garde specializes in fusing multiple forms of art into one event (music concerts, visual art showings, dance performances, poetic readings, theater, and more). This event will feature performances by hip-hop artist Niles, jazz performer…

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April 2020

Adult Singer Auditions for 2020-2021 Season

Apr 13 @ 8:00 am - May 16 @ 5:00 pm
MN United States

Due to the ongoing health emergency caused by the Coronavirus, we have transitioned to a virtual audition process for the 2020-21 season. These auditions are open now and will be accepted through May 16, 2020. Information on registration and the audition requirements can be found on our audition page: https://www.vocalessence.org/who-we-are/performing-ensembles/sing-with-us/audition/

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