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St. Olaf Choir to perform concert with VocalEssence

October 10, 2023 By Connor Boritzke Smith | St. Olaf College The St. Olaf Choir will join forces with VocalEssence for a collaborative concert at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis on Sunday, October 29 at 4 p.m. The concert will be conducted by Anton Armstrong ’78, conductor of the St. Olaf Choir, and Philip Brunelle and…  Read More

VocalEssence and The Bach Society Of Minnesota to Present Bach’s Joyous Christmas Oratorio in December

September 2, 2023 by Blair Ingenthron | Broadway World There will be two opportunities to enjoy Bach’s retelling of the traditional Christmas story, December 15 and 16. Old friends and past collaborators the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and the Bach Society of Minnesota will join once again to present  Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. There will be two opportunities to enjoy…  Read More

Where in the World Are the Conductors? October 2023

Philip Brunelle: The 55th VocalEssence season is in full swing and Philip Brunelle, VocalEssence Founder and Artistic Director, is delighted to be rehearsing music for the October 29 opening concert with the Ensemble Singers and the Chorus. In late August he spent 10 days in Brittany and then visited daughter Elise and family in Vermont…

Songwriter & Activist Melanie DeMore Returns to Minnesota for VocalEssence WITNESS: Leading with Love

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  CONTACT:  Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556  SONGWRITER & ACTIVIST MELANIE DEMORE RETURNS TO MINNESOTA FOR VOCALESSENCE WITNESS: LEADING WITH LOVE WITNESS, the annual initiative celebrating Black contributions to American arts, will culminate in concert at Orchestra Hall–March 17  MINNEAPOLIS—October 2, 2023—Taking that first step forward can be scary when you’re unsure if anyone…  Read More

VocalEssence Founder Philip Brunelle Celebrates Two Milestones with Concert Featuring Music of His Most Beloved Composers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556  VOCALESSENCE FOUNDER PHILIP BRUNELLE CELEBRATES TWO MILESTONES WITH CONCERT FEATURING MUSIC OF HIS MOST BELOVED COMPOSERS “Philip’s Favorites” concert features music from Dominick Argento, John Rutter, Libby Larsen, and more old friends–at the American Swedish Institute, Feb. 4th MINNEAPOLIS—October 2, 2023—Singing and birthday celebrations go together like…  Read More

VocalEssence Welcomes New Board Members

VocalEssence is thrilled to announce the addition of six new members to its Board of Directors. The VocalEssence Board of Directors serve as ambassadors for the organization in the larger community. They also guide VocalEssence in all major policy decisions while ensuring the financial stability of the 55-year-old nonprofit. “I’m delighted to welcome our new…

VocalEssence singers and staff stand on stage applauding the conclusion of a gala.

VocalEssence Gala 2024

May 11, 2024 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Save the date for the VocalEssence Gala: Celebration of Song on the evening of Saturday, May 11, 2024! Join us for an enchanting evening dedicated to celebrating the power of singing together. Immerse yourself in a world where melodies soar, hearts harmonize, and voices unite to create unforgettable moments. This event is a testament to…  Read More

VocalEssence 2024 Gala Sponsors

Sponsoring the VocalEssence Gala 2024 has many Benefits: Visibility to an audience of more than 500 prominent business and community leaders Opportunity to support and partner with VocalEssence, an organization with decades of experience presenting concerts and education programs that engage, inspire, and entertain more than 30,000 people of all ages annually Brand equity in…

Share in Bach’s Joyous Christmas Oratorio with VocalEssence and the Bach Society of Minnesota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACTS: Jennifer Weismann VocalEssence 612-716-0556 Pam McCarthy-Kern Bach Society of MN 612-360-0647 SHARE IN BACH’S JOYOUS CHRISTMAS ORATORIO WITH VOCALESSENCE AND THE BACH SOCIETY OF MINNESOTA Two concerts, in St. Louis Park and St. Paul, celebrate Bach’s masterwork with thrilling vocals and stunning instrumentation–Dec 15 & 16  MINNEAPOLIS—September 27, 2023—Old…  Read More

The Best Sound of the Season? Four VocalEssence Choirs Bidding One and All to ‘Welcome Christmas’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 THE BEST SOUND OF THE SEASON? FOUR VOCALESSENCE CHOIRS BIDDING ONE AND ALL TO ‘WELCOME CHRISTMAS’! Holiday concert of familiar carols and new compositions returns to Northrop–Dec. 9 & 10 MINNEAPOLIS—August 24, 2023—The vast space of Northrop might find itself struggling to contain the Christmas spirit growing…  Read More

VocalEssence and the St Olaf Choir in Concert Performance Opening Celebrated Choral Organization’s 55th Season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE AND THE ST OLAF CHOIR IN CONCERT PERFORMANCE OPENING CELEBRATED CHORAL ORGANIZATION’S 55TH SEASON Program features Requiem by José Maurícío Nuñes-García and the premiere of a composition in memory of Sigrid Johnson—October 29 MINNEAPOLIS—July 24, 2023—VocalEssence will open its 55th concert season this fall with the…  Read More