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April 2020

CANCELED: The Mendelssohns

Apr 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Benson Great Hall, Bethel University, 3900 Bethel Dr
Arden Hills, MN 55112 United States
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$20 – $40

As per the recommendation from Governor Walz as well as a desire to ensure the health and safety of all our performers and patrons, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the April 4th Mendelssohns performance. If you are a ticket buyer, click here to let us know your intentions for your tickets.   Musical talent often runs in families, and one of history’s most talented set of siblings were the Mendelssohns—Felix and Fanny. Connected by their extraordinary gifts and…

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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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POSTPONED: Get Minnesota Singing Tour, Worthington

Apr 25 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Memorial Auditorium, 714 13th Street
Worthington, MN 56187 United States
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This event is postponed. The new date will be announced here as soon as it is decided. Thank you for your patience. Get your singing voices ready, Minnesota, VocalEssence is coming to you! Weaving a traditional concert and a community sing into one, this performance is going to make you tap your toes, clap your hands, and sing your heart out. Including favorites from the stage and screen, gospel, folk, classical, and pop music, there is a little something for…

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LIVE STREAM: GPS & Friends – Inaugural Episode

Apr 30 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Join us at 7 PM on Thursday, April 30th for the inaugural 30-minute episode of GPS & Friends! For more than 50 years, VocalEssence has connected with you with world-class artists, and now you can be inspired by their creativity and beauty from the comfort of your own home. Streamed live via Facebook and YouTube, Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III will showcase international artists who have a soft spot in their heart for VocalEssence. Hear what inspires them, watch…

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May 2020

LIVE STREAM: GPS & Friends on May 7

May 7 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Join us at 7 PM on Thursday, May 7th for the 30-minute episode of GPS & Friends! For more than 50 years, VocalEssence has connected with you with world-class artists, and now you can be inspired by their creativity and beauty from the comfort of your own home. Streamed live via Facebook and YouTube, Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III will showcase international artists who have a soft spot in their heart for VocalEssence. Hear what inspires them, watch them…

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LIVE STREAM: GPS & Friends

May 14 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Join us at 7 PM on Thursday, May 14th for the 30-minute episode of GPS & Friends! For more than 50 years, VocalEssence has connected with you with world-class artists, and now you can be inspired by their creativity and beauty from the comfort of your own home. Streamed live via Facebook and YouTube, Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III will showcase international artists who have a soft spot in their heart for VocalEssence. Hear what inspires them, watch them…

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EVENT: Music Lives Here, A Minnesota Roundtable

May 21 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Free

Join us for a Minnesota Roundtable where we share resources and guest speakers that will support emotional well-being, convey up to date and accurate science/health related information, help us explore and learn the most promising adaptive teaching practices/pedagogies, and present language/strategies for advocacy of our art form in education and community settings.  Zoom Information To join by computer, click the button above. Please make sure to make note of the password. To join by phone, follow the information below. Meeting…

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LIVE STREAM: GPS & Friends

May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Join us at 7 PM on Thursday, May 21st for the 30-minute episode of GPS & Friends! For more than 50 years, VocalEssence has connected with you with world-class artists, and now you can be inspired by their creativity and beauty from the comfort of your own home. Streamed live via Facebook and YouTube, Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III will showcase international artists who have a soft spot in their heart for VocalEssence. Hear what inspires them, watch them…

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FAMILY: Voices Calling Concert

May 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Free

Our hearts are grieving. We are sad for what is happening to our cities. We commit to do our part to fight injustice and to repair the damage that is happening around us. Today is the day when we have scheduled our Voices Calling concert. We decided to leave the fate of the concert in the hands of the performers in VocalEssence Singers Of This Age. Below is what they told us when we asked them if they felt up to performing…

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June 2020

EVENT: Music Lives Here, A Minnesota Roundtable, June 11

Jun 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Join us for a Minnesota Roundtable where we share resources and guest speakers that will support emotional well-being, convey up to date and accurate science/health related information, help us explore and learn the most promising adaptive teaching practices/pedagogies, and present language/strategies for advocacy of our art form in education and community settings.  Zoom Information To join by computer, click the button above. Please make sure to make note of the password. To join by phone, follow the information below. Meeting…

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Philip Brunelle to receive Chorus America Award

Jun 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

VocalEssence is thrilled to announce that Philip Brunelle has been selected for this year’s Chorus America Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes a member whose long-term service to the choral field significantly furthers Chorus America’s mission “to empower singing ensembles to create vibrant communities and effect meaningful change.” Watch Philip receive the award during their virtual Awards Celebration on Friday, June 12 at 2:00 pm. The live ceremony, hosted by Chorus America board chair and Choral Stream founder Brian Newhouse, will be publicly broadcast. https://youtu.be/szgQY9VsYWQ?t=2444…

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LIVESTREAM: Lifting Every Voice to Inspire Change

Jun 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

This Father's Day, gather your family and friends to sing for justice in a livestream with song leaders from coast to coast. Envisioned and created by VocalEssence Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III, this event will be a joy-filled, family friendly celebration with songs that honor fathers and the father figures in all our lives and songs that demand our attention and call us into action. "As a Black musician in a classical music scene mostly occupied by White people,…

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July 2020

GALA: VocalEssence Gala 2020

Jul 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The auction is now open! Click "Watch and Bid" to access the event site! Raise your voice for our community at the online VocalEssence Gala 2020—Better Together. Celebrate all the ways we are better together through the great programs we offer, especially honoring the VocalEssence WITNESS 30th Anniversary. VocalEssence will be joined by special guests from past and present showcasing the work we do building community through song. Bid in the online auction, and raise your glass to toast VocalEssence!…

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August 2020

EVENT: Music Lives Here, A Minnesota Roundtable, August 6

Aug 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Join us on Thursday, August 6 to for an online rehearsal demonstration to prepare you for fall rehearsals. Save the date for our next roundtable on Aug. 20: Race, Advocacy, and Equity: Quanice G. Floyd, founder and director, Arts Administrators of Color Network. Zoom Information https://stolaf.zoom.us/j/98077756921?pwd=ek9wTFRMbFFQZmxxU215ZzRHYXQ0Zz09 Meeting ID: 980 7775 6921 Password: musiclives Dial by your location +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) Background A day of new possibilities began on Monday, May 11 as representatives from ACDA-MN (Diane Heaney,…

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EVENT: Music Lives Here, A Minnesota Roundtable, August 20

Aug 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Join us on Thursday, August 20 for a roundtable on Race, Advocacy, and Equity with special guest Quanice G. Floyd, founder and director, Arts Administrators of Color Network. Zoom Information https://stolaf.zoom.us/j/98077756921?pwd=ek9wTFRMbFFQZmxxU215ZzRHYXQ0Zz09 Meeting ID: 980 7775 6921 Password: musiclives Dial by your location +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) Background A day of new possibilities began on Monday, May 11 as representatives from ACDA-MN (Diane Heaney, Kristin Kivell, Paula Holmberg, and Stephanie Trump), and MMEA (Dan Hampton and Tonya Barnes) met…

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