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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

Pioneer Press: VocalEssence has guests Shelby, Dessa and Sounds of Blackness

  Longtime WCCO-TV news anchor Don Shelby, Grammy-winning ensemble Sounds of Blackness and budding hip-hop star Dessa are among the special guests set for VocalEssence’s newly announced 46th season. “Music is a living art, and this year we’re going to not only explore legendary musical styles and pieces — the people, places and things that…  Read More

Star Tribune: Carols are key in two holiday songfests

VocalEssence and The Singers each present multiple concerts featuring old and new holiday songs. By WILLIAM RANDALL BEARD, Special to the Star Tribune This time of year brings an abundance of choral activity, organizations vying to take advantage of all the holiday spirit. This weekend, two go head-to-head: the veteran VocalEssence, presenting “Welcome Christmas,” and…  Read More