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VocalEssence’s 50th season features movie singalongs, Bob Dylan tribute and free tickets for kids

By ROSS RAIHALA | | Pioneer Press PUBLISHED: May 17, 2018 at 2:31 pm | UPDATED: May 17, 2018 at 3:50 pm Two movie singalongs, a new work honoring Minnesota’s own Bob Dylan and a world premiere from young star composer Nico Muhly are on tap for VocalEssence’s newly announced 50th season. Season tickets are on sale now. For the…  Read More

20% off tickets for The SPCO’s Liquid Music Series

BEDROOM COMMUNITY AND FRIENDS Featuring Valgeir Sigurðsson, Jodie Landau, Sam Amidon and Daníel Bjarnason with Mariam Wallentin and Pekka Kuusisto Copresented with the American Swedish Institute Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Doors at 6pm | Music at 7:30pm (purchase tickets) American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis Bedroom Community, “a creative hub of sonic geniuses that continues to evolve and…  Read More

Preview: The Montserrat Boy Choir’s Minnesotan Adventure

by Amy Donahue Twin Cities Arts Reader | October 31, 2022 PREVIEW: The Montserrat Boy Choir’s Minnesotan Adventure The Montserrat Boy Choir. One of the most-anticipated performances coming to the Twin Cities is coming all the way from Catalonia. The Montserrat Boy Choir, an elite choir from one of Spain’s oldest music schools, will perform at…  Read More

Conductors’ Corner September 2022

Philip Brunelle: The 54th VocalEssence season is in full swing and Philip Brunelle, VocalEssence Founder and Artistic Director, is delighted to be rehearsing the Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn music with the Ensemble Singers and the Chorus, preparing for the October 15 opening concert of the season, The Mendelssohns. On September 18 he was inducted into…

VocalEssence WITNESS School Program

The VocalEssence WITNESS School Program is an exciting opportunity for Minnesota students and teachers to learn more about the contributions African Americans have made, and are making, to the fine arts. 2020-2021 VocalEssence WITNESS: Will you be a Witness? Movements of Social Change Throughout history and across many cultures, music and movement, art and creative expression have all…  Read More


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556   VOCALESSENCE ‘WELCOME CHRISTMAS’ CONCERT MOVES TO NORTHROP, FILLING A BIGGER VENUE WITH A GIANT BLAST OF HOLIDAY JOY  For the First Time, All VocalEssence Ensembles Join Together on One Stage–Dec. 10 & 11  MINNEAPOLIS—August 23, 2022—It’s a beloved annual holiday tradition for many, and this year,…  Read More

An Event 800 Years in the Making! VocalEssence Welcomes Spain’s Montserrat Boy Choir in Midwest Premiere

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 AN EVENT 800 YEARS IN THE MAKING! VOCALESSENCE WELCOMES SPAIN’S MONTSERRAT BOY CHOIR IN MIDWEST PREMIERE The Basilica of Saint Mary is sacred setting for a once-in-a-lifetime appearance—Nov. 11 MINNEAPOLIS—August 12, 2022—This fall, VocalEssence welcomes the Montserrat Boy Choir in the historic performance group’s first-ever visit to…  Read More


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  CONTACT:  Jennifer Weismann  612-716-0556  CELEBRATE MUSICAL SIBLINGS FELIX AND FANNY WITH VOCALESSENCE 2022-23 SEASON OPENER—“THE MENDELSSOHNS”  Two prolific Romantic-era composers, one extraordinary program of music—October 15  MINNEAPOLIS—August 1, 2022—This fall, VocalEssence will feature compositions by siblings Felix Mendelssohn and Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel side by side in a single program, The Mendelssohns. The…  Read More

VocalEssence New Season

by Rob Hubbard Star Tribune | July 1, 2022 Tickets are on sale for VocalEssence’s 2022-23 season, which opens with an evening of music by composers Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn at Arden Hill’s Bethel University (Oct. 15). Then Spain’s Montserrat Boys Choir visits the Midwest for the first time (Nov. 11, Basilica of st. Mary,…  Read More

VocalEssence Announces 2022-2023 Season, “Singing the World Awake”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE ANNOUNCES 2022-2023 SEASON, “SINGING THE WORLD AWAKE,” CELEBRATING THE JOY AND POWER OF SINGING All VocalEssence choirs will perform together for the first time in monumental new season MINNEAPOLIS—June 22, 2022—VocalEssence—one of the world’s premier choral music organizations—is thrilled to announce (in four-part harmony of course) its 2022-2023 concert season.…  Read More

Moira Smiley poses holding a banjo

CONCERT: Singing the World Awake

May 12, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Awaken your spirit with the sounds and colors of performances by the VocalEssence Chorus, Ensemble Singers, and Singers Of This Age. Experience sounds from near and far, exploring music of Denmark, Haiti, Mexico, the United States, and more, featuring composer and guest artist, Moira Smiley, whose style has been described as genre bending “mixing Bartok…

VocalEssence Singers Of This Age member sings into a microphone with hand outstretched, Photo Credit: Adja Gildersleve

CONCERT: Change Sings 4:30 PM

Apr 22, 2023 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Inspired by the work of Presidential inaugural poet, Amanda Gorman, Change Sings invites each of us to see ourselves as changemakers. Through singing, movement, spoken word, and visual art, the VocalEssence Singers Of This Age and guest artists will activate our imagination to inspire us into action. Change Sings features choral standards and co-created original works inspired…

Joe Davis with an orange background, Photo Credit: Ryan Stopera

CONCERT: WITNESS: Reawakening Love

Feb 26, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Minneapolis-based artist, author, educator, and speaker Joe Davis joins VocalEssence choirs along with The New Renaissance, a multi-media production company that cultivates immersive experiences, and chamber orchestra in a call for the revival of love, the rebirth of peace, and the emergence of a community where violence ceases. Experience a fusion of musical styles interwoven…

VocalEssence Chorus members holding black folders and singing with a Christmas tree decorated with lights and blue ornaments in the background

CONCERT: Welcome Christmas 2022, Minneapolis 4 PM

Dec 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

VocalEssence is pulling out all the stops to ring in the season of wonder. Hear beloved carols you know and love featuring the joyous sounds of brass and percussion, the spectacular Northrop pipe organ, and—for the first time—all the VocalEssence singing forces together in concert. Bring your outdoor voice and join in a sing-along that…