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CONCERT: The Concert Version of the Musical Kristina

Oct 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for the musical journey of Kristina Nilsson and her family, brought to life by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, the legendary songwriters of ABBA. Based on Vilhelm Moberg’s The Emigrants, this concert version of the musical chronicles the Nilsson family and their courageous journey from the harsh realities of mid-19th century Sweden to…

Aged to perfection: Singers find harmony in Vintage Voices

New 55-plus choir holds its first concert on May 16 May 7, 2024 By Carolyn Walkup | My Villager Anyone passing by a certain classroom at the West Seventh Community Center on Wednesday afternoons may be surprised to hear the melodic sounds of senior citizens singing in harmony. The singers are members of a…  Read More

Black-Owned Business and Artist Showcase

At this year’s WITNESS: Leading with Love concert, VocalEssence was thrilled to feature a showcase of Black makers and entrepreneurs who align themselves with the message of “leading with love.” Target Atrium at Orchestra Hall was bustling with activity on the day of the event. There were book readings, songs sung, improv comedy skits performed,…

Lead with Love Pledge

To Lead with Love is to acknowledge that everyone deserves the right to live in a world that allows them to be fully alive and thrive. Leading with love is not just a choice that we make or a mindset that we adopt, it is cultivating the practice of belovedness and hospitality each and every…

VocalEssence WITNESS School Program

The VocalEssence WITNESS School Program is an exciting opportunity for Minnesota students and teachers to learn more about the contributions African Americans have made, and are making, to the fine arts and to our shared cultural heritage. Thanks to generous support from our program sponsors, we are pleased to offer tickets to the Student Matinee: WITNESS…

Melanie DeMore, holding a pounding stick, stands in front of VocalEssence singers also holding pounding sticks. Photo Credit: Kyndell Harkness

Hope Renewed Digital Concert Program

FEATURING: VocalEssence Chorus VocalEssence Ensemble Singers VocalEssence Singers Of This Age Shanelle Gabriel, guest artist Casey Rafn, piano Philip Brunelle, conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III, conductor

VocalEssence Announces New Executive Director

CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Chicago Public Media VP of Membership Amy Wielunski joins VocalEssence as new co-leader of Minnesota’s largest choral organization MINNEAPOLIS—April 17, 2024—VocalEssence is pleased to announce today that Amy Wielunski will join the internationally-renowned Twin Cities choral and community-building nonprofit in the role of executive director. A…  Read More

VocalEssence Announces New Executive Director

MINNEAPOLIS—April 17, 2024—VocalEssence is pleased to announce that Amy Wielunski will join the internationally-renowned Twin Cities choral and community-building nonprofit in the role of executive director. A leader with 22 years of experience of cross-functional work at nonprofit organizations with local, state, and national reach, Wielunski was most recently vice-president of membership at Chicago Public…

VocalEssence Affirms Community Bonds in Concert— ‘Hope Renewed’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  CONTACT:  Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556  VOCALESSENCE AFFIRMS COMMUNITY BONDS IN CONCERT—‘HOPE RENEWED’ The season wraps up with a joyous call to renew the spirit–Ted Mann Concert Hall, May 3 MINNEAPOLIS, March 31, 2024—Building a community requires taking the risk of reaching out to one another, and VocalEssence celebrates the emotion at the…  Read More

2022-2023 Supporters

VocalEssence is blessed to have so many committed supporters. Thank you for all that you do to keep our community singing! Although we make every effort to ensure that our Honor Roll list is accurate and complete, we are capable of error. Please let us know if your name does not appear the way you…

Healing Beats Sessions

“Telling our stories takes time and space.”—Healing Beats Session Participant “We are all connected. We are all ancestors.”—Healing Beats Session Participant Over the past few months VocalEssence held Healing Beats Sessions led by Melanie DeMore at five sites around the Twin Cities. Melanie DeMore has expertise in the traditions of the Gullah persons from the…