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A Few Highlights from VocalEssence WITNESS: Underground Railroad

In case you missed it, these were just a few high points from the 2017 VocalEssence WITNESS concert at Orchestra Hall: 1. Hearing songs from three local composers (Daniel Kantor’s “River Holy”, Emily Feld’s “The Gift to Sing”, and Jake Runestad’s “We Can Mend the Sky”). The concert served as the world premiere of Feld’s…  Read More

Mary Jo Gothmann

Accompanist phone 612-547-1451 fax 612-547-1484 info@vocalessence.org Mary Jo Gothmann joined VocalEssence as staff accompanist in 2015. She is the founder and artistic director of the JOYA chamber music series at Zion Lutheran church in Anoka. She has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Bakken Trio, and Hill House Chamber Players. Mary Jo appears…  Read More

KMSP Fox 9: Local Choir Set to Rock with the Rolling Stones

  Posted: Jun 02, 2015 9:47 PM CDT Updated: Jun 03, 2015 8:42 AM CDT by Ted Haller MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – Over 50 years ago, the Rolling Stones first played Minnesota. It was 1964 and the gig was at the now closed Excelsior Amusement Park dance hall (closed in 1973) where they were reportedly booed…  Read More

Gather at the River with Mark Twain: Tunes and Tales, Fiddling and Fun

Don Shelby as Mark Twain invites you to Gather at the River with Mark Twain, a fundraiser for VocalEssence choral music education programs. Hear river songs and tales on the historic Minnesota Centennial Showboat with the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and the fine fiddling of Sara Pajunen. Hop aboard on May 2, 2015 for a celebration…  Read More

Gather at the River with Mark Twain to Support Choral Art

CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 Jennifer@owl-marketing.com  GATHER AT THE RIVER WITH MARK TWAIN TO SUPPORT CHORAL ART Twin Cities-based VocalEssence and Don Shelby host fundraiser cruise for music education—May 2 MINNEAPOLIS—February 16, 2015—Join the 32-voice VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and television legend Don Shelby as they travel back in time on the historic Minnesota Centennial Showboat to…  Read More

KSTP News: Mpls. Students Rehearse for Biggest Gig Yet with Grammy-Winning Group

Updated: 11/20/2014 5:18 PM Created: 11/20/2014 4:40 PM KSTP.com By: Kate Renner [Please note VocalEssence correction: Gary Hines, not Greg Hines] Students at South High School in Minneapolis are preparing Thursday for a performance they probably won’t forget. Members of the school’s varsity choir program are partnering with Grammy award winning musicians to sing this…  Read More

What a Mighty God: Spirituals and Gospels for Chorus

Stirring spirituals and rousing gospel melodies sung by a superb chorus. VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and Chorus with orchestra and jazz band; special guests Moore by Four; Philip Brunelle, conductor “Flawless choral singing, presented with a genuine feeling of compassion and warmth.” — BBC Music Magazine

Laura Holst

Development and Marketing Associate phone 612-547-1473 fax 612-547-1484 laura@vocalessence.org Laura Holst, Development and Marketing Associate, has been on staff at VocalEssence since August 2006. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from St. Olaf College and a Master of Arts degree in arts administration from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. In addition…  Read More

Volunteer

From ushering at our concerts to assisting with special projects throughout the year in our office, VocalEssence is grateful for the talents and support of our many volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out our general interest form. To see current volunteer opportunities and sign up, view our volunteer job calendar.  …  Read More

Who We Are

Singing has always been a community activity. For generations upon generations, people have come together in song to celebrate, mourn, praise, and inspire each other. For nearly half a century, VocalEssence has been dedicated to keeping that essential human tradition alive. With exhilarating concert performances, ground-breaking educational programming, and tireless advocacy for choral music, VocalEssence…  Read More

TC Daily Planet: VocalEssence performs tribute to choral composer John Rutter

Review by: Basil Considine for TC Daily Planet Posted on: March 24, 2014 Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis had a festive atmosphere Friday night, as VocalEssence presented “John Rutter Jubilee,” a powerful tribute to the dean of English choral music. The program, organized by VocalEssence music director Philip Brunelle, offered a wide survey of…  Read More

Cocktails & Cabaret Fundraiser to Support Arts Education

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COCKTAILS & CABARET FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT ARTS EDUCATION Twin Cities choral group, VocalEssence, celebrates Nov. 18 at the Metropolitan   MINNEAPOLIS—Philip Brunelle, artistic director and founder of celebrated Twin Cities choral ensemble VocalEssence, will put down his conductor’s baton and take his place at the piano for the non-profit’s annual Cocktails &…  Read More

Cocktails & Cabaret Fundraiser to Support Arts Education

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COCKTAILS & CABARET FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT ARTS EDUCATION Twin Cities choral group, VocalEssence, celebrates Nov. 18 at the Metropolitan   MINNEAPOLIS—Philip Brunelle, artistic director and founder of celebrated Twin Cities choral ensemble VocalEssence, will put down his conductor’s baton and take his place at the piano for the non-profit’s annual Cocktails &…  Read More