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Singing the World Awake Digital Concert Program

FEATURING: Moira Smiley, guest artist VocalEssence Chorus VocalEssence Ensemble Singers VocalEssence Singers Of This Age Sonja Thompson, piano Philip Brunelle, conductor G . Phillip Shoultz, III, conductor

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Sing Your Change Block Party

Two Events Friday, April 21, 2023, 5:30-8 PM Neighborhood House 179 Robie St E, Saint Paul, MN Sunday, April 23, 2023, 4-6 PM 4-5 PM: Activities & Food at Minneapolis Central Church of Christ, 1922 N 4th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405 5-6 PM: Performances at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1800 Glenwood Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 5541 Join VocalEssence and special…

Philip Brunelle 80th Birthday Campaign

As he approaches his 80th birthday, Philip Brunelle’s impact in the world of choral music is astonishing! If you were to ask Philip Brunelle what his favorite things to do are, he would say “Celebrating rarely heard music and sharing it with the world, of course!” So, that’s what we plan to do! In honor of…

Bridge to the Future Meets Goal

VocalEssence is thrilled to share the wonderful news that the Bridge to the Future campaign has reached its goal of $4.5 million! Our deepest gratitude goes out to the 101 individuals and institutions who have invested in the future of VocalEssence and helped us surpass our initial goal by $1 million. These gifts are already…

VocalEssence Radio Special—Song of Joy: The Mendelssohns on YourClassical MPR

American Public Media and Classical Minnesota Public Radio will present a new VocalEssence radio special,  Song of Joy: The Mendelssohns, hosted by John Birge. The one-hour program will air on Easter Sunday, April 9, at noon on YourClassical Minnesota Public Radio 99.5 FM in the Twin Cities and online at It will be available…

Adult Choir Auditions

About Our Audition Process Registration for the 2023-24 season is now open for the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and Chorus. Read below for information about each ensemble and the audition requirements. Ensemble Singers Auditions Eight paid positions per section; professional experience required. Ensemble Singers re-audition annually. Auditioning for the Ensemble Singers consists of two rounds: Round 1…  Read More