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Thank you for joining us on Arts Advocacy Day; voice your support for music education

On Arts Advocacy Day, February 19, VocalEssence staff members gathered with like-minded art lovers and shared with legislators the importance of the arts to our lives, communities and economy. Senator Bill Weber from southwestern Minnesota was one of many legislators visited by arts advocates including Katrina Wallmeyer, director of development and communications at VocalEssence, pictured…  Read More

River Songs and Tales with Mark Twain Tour celebrates life on the Mississippi

CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 TV LEGEND DON SHELBY IS MARK TWAIN: VocalEssence brings historic figure to life in November with River Songs and Tales with Mark Twain Tour MINNEAPOLIS—October 29, 2014—Minneapolis-based choral ensemble VocalEssence will employ choral music and the words of Mark Twain this November to pay homage to life on the Mississippi…  Read More

Internships at VocalEssence

Internships may be available in marketing and public relations, communications, development, community engagement, and operations. Each intern, with their supervisor, develops a list of learning objectives and goals that they would like to accomplish as well as being assigned a project to be completed during their time at VocalEssence. Hours and length of internship varies…  Read More

VocalEssence rebranding transcends new logo and tagline

CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE FINDS A NEW VOICE! 46-year-old world-renowned choral ensemble undergoes rebranding — the first since its renaming in 2002 MINNEAPOLIS — SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 — VocalEssence — the iconic choral ensemble that has enchanted audiences for decades — turned 46 this year, and as often happens around this age, the arts organization…  Read More

From the Land of Sky Blue Waters

In 2011, the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers criss-crossed Minnesota via historic Highway 23 to share with the state’s citizens the music of its choral composers, its singer-songwriters and the songs being sung by the people who have made Minnesota their home over the past 150 years. Enjoy the voices of VocalEssence as they explore the state’s…  Read More

VocalEssence Ensemble Singers

The Oxford Times (UK) has declared that the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers “have a blend that could—and should—be the envy of every choir in the business.” Founded in 1991, the Ensemble Singers are acclaimed for their “superbly blended sound” (Birmingham Post, UK) and “exemplary technique” (Minneapolis Star Tribune). Lauded by the Times of London as “polished, bright…  Read More

VocalEssence Chorus

Hailed by the Minneapolis Star Tribune as “singing impeccably, making even the most complex harmonies sound transparent” and performing with “consummate professionalism,” the VocalEssence Chorus is an exceptional group of talented, committed singers from many walks of life. Equally at ease sharing the stage with famous guest artists such as Dessa and Sweet Honey In The…  Read More

VocalEssence WITNESS

VocalEssence WITNESS is one of the nation’s premier initiatives celebrating the contributions of African Americans to our shared American heritage through concerts, recordings and comprehensive educational programs. Please visit the VocalEssence WITNESS Program History page to learn more about the background and inspiration behind the program. VocalEssence WITNESS School Program offers online workshops with experienced Teaching…  Read More

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Philip Brunelle

Artistic Director and Founder phone 612-547-1451 fax 612-547-1484 Philip Brunelle, artistic director and founder of VocalEssence, is an internationally renowned conductor, choral scholar and visionary. He has made his lifelong mission the promotion of the choral art in all its forms, especially rarely heard works of the past and outstanding new music. Under his…  Read More

Elissa Weller

Director of Development phone 612-547-1452 fax 612-547-1484 Elissa Weller is Director of Development for VocalEssence, overseeing all philanthropic efforts for the organization including individual, corporate, foundation, and government funding sources, major gifts, special events and fundraisers. In her role, she oversees the Development and Gala committees. Elissa joined VocalEssence in 2007 as the Chorus…  Read More

Concert Sponsorship

When you become a VocalEssence corporate sponsor, you align your organization with one of Minnesota’s most established choral organizations. A sponsorship with VocalEssence provides your organization an opportunity to advance your strategic marketing and philanthropic goals. Sponsorship provides your business with: High-level corporate visibility Media recognition Employee benefits Access to special events like our bi-annual gala We are happy to…  Read More


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

About VocalEssence

Founded in 1969, Minneapolis-based VocalEssence has decades of history as one of the world’s premier choral music organizations. But despite its global influence, VocalEssence has kept its focus local—consistently pioneering ways to strengthen Minnesota’s community through thrilling musical experiences. What We Do At VocalEssence, we engage people of all ages and cultures in our community…  Read More