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May 2020

FAMILY: Voices Calling Concert

May 30, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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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December 2020

LIVE STREAM: Take 5 with GPS

Dec 15, 2020 @ 9:00 am - Jan 13, 2021 @ 9:05 am

Take 5 With GPS is a daily live stream hosted by VocalEssence Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III. Every morning, start your day off with Phillip (who we call GPS) for 5 minutes of singing and 5 minutes of inspiration. Join Phillip to sing each and every day. Take 5 will include wellness components, poems, and, of course, SONG. It’s a time for centering, reflecting, and being grateful, and an opportunity to watch and follow along at home. Join us…

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VIDEO: Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

Dec 15, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - Jan 13, 2021 @ 12:30 pm

To add joy to your lunchtime and a little insider information about composers, Philip Brunelle is hosting Musical Moments—celebrating the composers who have been central to the success of both VocalEssence and Plymouth Congregational Church. These videos are shared via Facebook every week day. See the archive of all of the videos on the Plymouth Congregational Church YouTube page by clicking the Watch Videos button.

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TV: Welcome Christmas on TPT Life Channel

Dec 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
TPT Life
Free

This year, the Welcome Christmas concert will available on demand on our website AND will be televised across Minnesota on Twin Cities PBS (TPT) three times during the peak of the holiday season, and making it available to stream on their family of platforms. Relevant dates include:  December 19th: Welcome Christmas becomes available to stream on Tpt.org, PBS.org, and the PBS video app.  December 19th: Welcome Christmas broadcast at 7 PM on TPT Life  December 20th: Welcome Christmas broadcast at 8 PM on TPT MN  December 24th: Welcome…

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TV: Welcome Christmas on TPT MN Channel

Dec 20, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TPT MN
Free

This year, the Welcome Christmas concert will available on demand on our website AND will be televised across Minnesota on Twin Cities PBS (TPT) three times during the peak of the holiday season, and making it available to stream on their family of platforms. Relevant dates include:  December 19th: Welcome Christmas becomes available to stream on Tpt.org, PBS.org, and the PBS video app.  December 19th: Welcome Christmas broadcast at 7 PM on TPT Life  December 20th: Welcome Christmas broadcast at 8 PM on TPT MN  December 24th: Welcome…

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Christmas Eve Sing-Along with GPS

Dec 24, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 6:45 pm
YouTube
Free
Candle

Gather the family (in person and virtually) and join Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III for a LIVE special Christmas Eve edition of Take 5 with GPS. Usher in the magic by singing "Silent Night" and "O Holy Night," and listen to the classic Christmas story The Night Before Christmas illustrated by Rachel Isadora. Join us via YouTube or Facebook Live, or click the link above to join as the event gets closer.

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TV: Welcome Christmas on TPT 2 Channel

Dec 24, 2020 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
TPT 2
Free

This year, the Welcome Christmas concert will available on demand on our website AND will be televised across Minnesota on Twin Cities PBS (TPT) three times during the peak of the holiday season, and making it available to stream on their family of platforms. Relevant dates include:  December 19th: Welcome Christmas becomes available to stream on Tpt.org, PBS.org, and the PBS video app.  December 19th: Welcome Christmas broadcast at 7 PM on TPT Life  December 20th: Welcome Christmas broadcast at 8 PM on TPT MN  December 24th: Welcome…

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March 2021

CONCERT: Call of the North

Mar 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
VocalEssence On Demand
$15

Uniquely Minnesotan Music and Poetry In every heart lies a song bursting to be heard. Listen deeply as VocalEssence raises up uniquely Minnesotan voices from notable composers like Stephen Paulus and Libby Larsen to new voices like Shruthi Rajasekar. Soak in the “poignantly lovely” world premiere of Carol Barnett’s “When All Falls Silent,” written for The King’s Singers 2020 New Music Prize. Be inspired to hear your own song through Minnesota poetry read by the poets themselves. Tickets Tickets are…

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April 2021

FAMILY: Create

Apr 17 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
VocalEssence On Demand
African American young woman singing

Cre·ate  /krēˈāt/  verb To bring (something) into existence.  “The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create.”  —President Barack Obama  Will you be a witness? Join the VocalEssence Singers Of This Age as they journey through American history to trace the power of creative expression to heal, connect people, and make change. Through solo and group performances, be inspired to find your voice and create your own art to shape a world where all dreams can become realities.   Tickets Tickets are currently available as a single stream or as part…

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