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How Philip Brunelle Became the Twin Cities’ Song Leader

Philip Brunelle has been the song leader of the Twin Cities for 50 years. But how he got there? It wasn’t all a joyful song. by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl June 18, 2018: Philip Brunelle is 75 years old and an international icon in choir circles, and if you follow him around on a typical Tuesday night…  Read More

VocalEssence marks milestone season with new voices, unique collaborations

June 4, 2018 by Paige Elliott Minneapolis-based choral organization VocalEssence has recently unveiled the musical offerings for its jubilee 50th season. Highlighting a diverse lineup of concerts and programming, the nonprofit’s 2018-2019 season promises outdoor summer sing-alongs, a new family series, and musical celebrations of inclusion, perseverance and identity. The season kicks off in August with…  Read More

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

Anita Ruth

Musician/Pianist Anita Ruth has been active in the Twin Cities theatrical and musical circles for over 35 years. After serving as musical director for over 80 shows at the Chanhassen Dinner Theaters, she has led a varied and exciting life as a freelance musician and educator. She spent eight years with the Children’s Theater Company in…  Read More

T. Mychael Rambo

Musician/Singer/Actor Regional Emmy Award-winning actor, vocalist, arts educator and community organizer T. Mychael Rambo has made an indelible mark  in the Twin Cities performing principle roles at such theaters as Penumbra, the Guthrie, Ordway, Illusion Theatre, Mixed Blood, Park Square Theatre, Children’s Theatre and Minnesota Opera, to name but a few. Nationally and internationally his…  Read More

Ginger Commodore

Singer/Songwriter/Actress Ginger Commodore is a singer, songwriter and actress who enjoys an illustrious career in the Twin Cities area. She is an original member of the Grammy Award-winning singing ensemble The Sounds of Blackness and several local Gospel groups. She is also an original member of the vocal jazz ensemble Moore by Four. She’s shared…  Read More

Patricia Brown

Dancer/Choreographer For 22 years, Patricia Brown has been an active member of the Twin Cities arts community as a dancer, instructor, choreographer, and performer. She is an African-based movement instructor whose fusion style is rooted in dance of West Africa, other African regions, the Caribbean, and Americas. Incorporating various forms of artistic expression, her classes…  Read More

VocalEssence marks 50th season with greatest hits and a big show with Theater Latté Da

ANALYSIS: VocalEssence’s anniversary season is full of retrospectives, co-presentations and a strong commitment to diversity. By Terry Blain Special to the Star Tribune MAY 15, 2018 — 2:53PM It’s been 50 years since an ambitious young Minnesotan named Philip Brunelle was appointed organist and choirmaster at Minneapolis’ Plymouth Congregational Church. One of his first big…  Read More

VocalEssence Announcements Concert & Family Programs for Historic 50th Season

CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE ANNOUNCES CONCERT & FAMILY PROGRAMS FOR HISTORIC 50th SEASON Celebrating 50 years of honoring music’s greatest artists, introducing their work to new audiences, and nurturing the diverse voices that will shape its next half-century. Download season photos here. MINNEAPOLIS — May 15, 2018—Marking a milestone for the nationally renowned…  Read More

Tales & Tunes 2019

Tickets are off sale online, but walk up sales will be available on Saturday, March 30 starting at 9 am. Two Performances: Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 9:30-10:30 AM Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 11:30 AM-12:30 PM Guild Hall, Plymouth Congregational Church 1919 LaSalle Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55403 Members of the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and…  Read More

VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! School Visits Spring 2018

VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! brings the talents of composers from Mexico into Minnesota classrooms. This year’s composers are Bernardo Feldman and Jimena Contreras, who were in Minnesota for a residency March 12-23, 2018. It was their second of three total visits to our VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! partner schools. This trip the composers had an opportunity to meet with…  Read More

Giving Keeps Going After Second Annual Together We Sing Festival

Over 170 participants and guests artists connected during the daylong Together We Sing Festival on Jan. 13. Attendees had great things to say—and we’d like to share some of our favorite responses: “I really enjoyed the guest artists and exercising my voice, mind, and body in new ways,” said one. And from another: “I had…  Read More

Beautiful Star CD Text

WISHES AND CANDLES Stephen Paulus We have a wish for each candle we light, Making the holidays shiny and bright. A wish for the children, the young and the old, To never go hungry, to never be cold. Wishes and candles and love and laughter, Memories we’ll treasure forever after. Families are gathered with presents…  Read More