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Charles Villiers Stanford | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

Today, Philip explores the music of English composer Charles Villiers Stanford from the piano in Guild Hall and the organ in the Sanctuary of Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis. Charles Villiers Stanford 1852-1924 The gifted British composer and influential teacher Sir Charles Villiers Stanford was born and raised in Dublin. He showed early promise as…  Read More

Hall Johnson | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Hall Johnson. Hall Johnson 1888-1970 Hall Johnson was one of a number of African American composers and arrangers who elevated the spiritual to an art form. Johnson received an extensive education, including time at the…  Read More

Launching New LIVE Stream – 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. Starting April 30, join us at 7 PM every Thursday for a 30 minute live stream let by Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III.…  Read More

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100 Baby Care Packages for Minnesota Babies

VocalEssence and the Healthy Black Pregnancies initiative are teaming up to give 100 new babies a birthday gift – their very own Baby Care Package. Each package costs $40, and we need your help to purchase supplies for 100 babies. A donation of any amount is appreciated! Click Here to Give a Birthday Gift Each…  Read More


Four Performances: Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 7:30-9:30 PM Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Apple Valley Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 4-6 PM Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis Friday, December 13, 2019 at 7:30-9:30 PM Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 4-6 PM Roseville Lutheran Church, Roseville VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers…  Read More

Concerts and Events

VocalEssence brings our community together through song. Our concerts and events inspire people of all ages to connect with each other, hear beautiful music, and create music of their own. Concert Series: Each season, VocalEssence performs 5-7 concerts around the community for audiences ages 6 and up. Our music goes beyond the typical choir standards,…  Read More


Whether you are an individual, company or foundation, there are a number of ways for you to help transform the lives of more than 20,000 people each year ages 0-100+ through our concerts, events, and learning and engagement programs. Ways to Give Online Now: Whether you want to give a one-time gift or set up…  Read More

Teacher Resources

Teacher Orientation Seminar October 5, 2019 This year’s VocalEssence WITNESS Teacher Orientation Seminar will take place on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis. The cost of the seminar is $20, which includes up to 5 clock hours of professional development CEU credit and copies of the VocalEssence WITNESS Teacher Resource Guide…  Read More

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

Nice to see you! What did you think?

Dear Friend, Thank you for joining us at Winter Wonder last weekend. If you already completed the survey, thank you! If not, would you take a few minutes to give us some feedback? VocalEssence staff extensively study the responses in order to make the next VocalEssence Family Series Event even better. To take our survey,…  Read More

“Star of Wonder Reimagined” Concerts Welcome Young Listeners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 “STAR OF WONDER REIMAGINED” CONCERTS WELCOME YOUNG LISTENERS VocalEssence holiday shows for families move to Mia—Dec. 8 MINNEAPOLIS—October 23, 2018— “Concert manners” don’t apply when you’re filled with the holiday spirit, right? That’s why VocalEssence created Star of Wonder, a seasonal concert especially for families with toddlers…  Read More

VocalEssence on tour in Mexico; Peter Lorre series at the Trylon

By Pamela Espeland | 10:05 am August 31, 2018 The news about U.S.-Mexico relations continues to seesaw. After threats, tariffs and retaliatory tariffs, there’s a new free-trade deal in the works. There’s endless talk about a border wall and who will or won’t pay for it. ICE raids keep netting Mexican nationals. But this…  Read More