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Music Press

VocalEssence Music Press is a dynamic music publishing company that offers a select group of emerging composers the opportunity to make their music available to choirs everywhere. And we offer choruses access to new music they can’t find anywhere else. Our mission is to help choruses, conductors and composers connect in meaningful ways by publishing…  Read More

Past Winners

2019: Carols with violin Travis M. Ramsey (Etna, NH) Little Lamb, Who Made Thee Paul John Rudoi (Eugene, OR) The Orbit Carol 2018: Carols with oboe Mark Shepperd (Woodbury, MN) O Jesus So Sweet, O Jesus So Mild Stephen Shewan (Medina, NY) The Little Cradle Rocks Tonight 2017: Carols for a cappella chorus Nancy Gifford (Doylestown, PA) Fill…  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

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

Why Sing?

Sing with us! On any given day, in towns both large and small, choirs across the country present hundreds of beautiful concerts. While audiences and choir singers alike have long understood the intrinsic value of singing together, the 2019 Chorus Impact Study commissioned by Chorus America also shows us that participation in choirs cultivates positive…  Read More

Learning and Engagement Programs

VocalEssence Learning & Engagement programs are specifically designed for people ages 0-100+ to connect, create, and learn across cultures. In each of our programs, we: Connect people with renowned choral experts —giving them the opportunity to learn directly from exceptional role models. Blend music and the study of cultures present in Minnesota’s diverse population. Provide…  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

2014-2015 Announcement: VocalEssence Brings It Home for 46th Season

CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 Twin Cities choral organization announces season of fresh collaborations, including choral premiere from hip hop artist Dessa — and a tribute to P.D.Q. Bach MINNEAPOLIS — March 21, 2014 —Acclaimed Minneapolis-based choral ensemble VocalEssence — recognized internationally for its innovative explorations of music — announces a captivating 46th season of concerts.…  Read More

VocalEssence Connects Vibrant Music of Mexico to Area Schools

VOCALESSENCE CONNECTS VIBRANT MUSIC OF MEXICO TO AREA SCHOOLS ¡Cantaré! delivers original works by Twin Cities students, Mexican composers with lively Ordway community concert on May 20 MINNEAPOLIS— March 5, 2014—The musical spirit of Mexico will be celebrated by VocalEssence and area school children on Tuesday, May 20 at 7 p.m. in a family-friendly, bilingual performance at the…  Read More

Announcement: John Rutter Jubilee

January 7, 2014 VocalEssence Patron, We are very excited to create spectacular John Rutter Jubilee performances this March. And, as the date of the concerts approaches, I’d like to take a moment to make sure that you are one of the first people aware of a change. John Rutter was originally scheduled to conduct these…  Read More