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Concert: Bach’s Christmas Oratorio 2023, Dec 15

Dec 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

“Shout for joy!” Back by popular demand, the Bach Society of Minnesota and the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers renew their collaboration to tell one of the greatest musical Christmas stories of all time. Hear three cantatas from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio as well as cantata 147, beloved for its setting of the tune “Jesu, Joy…

VocalEssence Strategic Plan 2022-2025

VocalEssence celebrates singing as an essential human expression. Artistic quality, passion for singing together, and reputation for engaging people are hallmarks of our impact. As our community changes, we have developed this strategic plan to address our future in three key areas, keeping singing together at the center of our work.

VocalEssence, a Minnesota Choral Institution, Returns for Its 54th Season

by Robert Atendido Twin Cities Geek | October 13, 2022 In classical music circles, Minnesota has long been known as a center for choral music. In addition to world-renowned college choirs, such as the ones at St. Olaf, Concordia, and Gustavus Adolphus, the Twin Cities alone have dozens of different choral groups that one could…  Read More

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Weekend Best Bets: May 5-8

By Kaitlyn Doolittle Minnesota Monthly | May 4, 2022–Ov7IxP03CvQAsxDNVhod32itjRV_loo5KMn_ydx9qykE2F00vTvv6bQjsfpkxhlaQgquxhhbAqwnNO71Buj6IEXmOmEwJD_vNTuOp3SrRmjfN14A  A circus, a Cinco de Mayo celebration, a plant sale, and more are happening this weekend in the Twin Cities area Everything Is…Fine  What: Preview Performance of “Back to Workshop, or Everything is Fine!” When: May 5-May 7, May 11-May 13; 7:30 p.m. Where: Brave New Workshop, 824…  Read More

In loving memory of Sigrid Johnson (1952—2022)

So many thoughts fill my mind thinking of dear Sigrid, affectionately known to all singers as “Ears Johnson” for she truly had the most amazing way of discerning the sound of each individual voice. For 24 years at VocalEssence she was my colleague, my musical conscience, a joyful supporter for a great realm of music,…


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  CONTACT:  Jennifer Weismann  612-716-0556  PHILIP BRUNELLE’S ‘MUSICAL MOMENTS’ REACHES 250 EPISODE MILESTONE   (PLUS SPECIAL BONUS TRACK)  VocalEssence pandemic programming about diverse choral composers concludes, takes on new life as worldwide choral educational tool   MINNEAPOLIS—MAY 6, 2021—A web series conceived as a temporary pandemic response by a choral conductor unable to perform in public will conclude May 6 after 250 episodes (plus one), and will enter a new phase of reach and longevity, helping choral conductors around…  Read More

Less than $75,000 left to raise before December 31

Thanks to generous donors we are getting closer to our 2020 fundraising goal! want to help us meet our goal? A gift of any amount helps keep our community singing through this pandemic! Donate

Order the VocalEssence Six-Pack for $75 and Enjoy the Gala in Style

Our friends at Haskell’s have put together a VocalEssence Six-Pack of wine that will pair perfectly with watching the VocalEssence Online Gala from home. The full retail value is $93, but the cost for you is just $75 (with $10 of each pack sold going to VocalEssence!) Haskell’s is offering FREE curbside pickup, and free…  Read More

Introducing Take 5 With GPS

Announcing a new series–Take 5 With GPS–a new daily live stream hosted by VocalEssence Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III. Every morning, start your day off with Phillip (who we call GPS) and a 5-minute exercise to help warm you up. Join Phillip to sing each and every day. Take 5 will include wellness components,…  Read More

COVID-19 Update – March 25, 2020

Our thoughts are with you and your families as we write this. 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. We encourage regular visits to, and will offer updates by email on how we can continue to sing together…  Read More

Sponsor a Seat for just $25

Who is your inspiration? On February 24, 3,462 students from 34 schools will hear our radically diverse youth choir VocalEssence Singers Of This Age at the WITNESS Young People’s Concerts. But here is the catch… In order to make the concerts possible for all, we need to raise $25 per student. Sponsor a seat (or two)…  Read More