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Concert: Hope Renewed

May 3, 2024 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

In a program that explores our relationships with one another and with creation, VocalEssence seeks to give fresh life to justice and hope sharing a message celebrating the wide circle of life that provides room for all to grow and thrive. Featuring commissions by Daniel Godfrey and Marcus Simmons, and the latest piece by ACDA…

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

Concert: WITNESS: Leading with Love

Mar 17, 2024 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Beloved vocal activist, soulful singer, and composer Melanie DeMore returns to Minnesota using her music as what she calls “a weapon of mass connection.” Featuring music by Damien Geter, Marques Garrett, Joel Thompson, and songs from the African diaspora, WITNESS: Leading with Love is the place to hear Melanie and VocalEssence share the world premiere…

VocalEssence logo, Together We Sing, 2023-2024 Season, with singers holding black folders performing at Northrop. Design: Lora Joshi, Photo Credit: Tony Nelson Photography

Subscribe: VocalEssence 2023-2024 Season

May 12, 2023 @ 8:00 am - Feb 4, 2024 @ 5:00 pm

TOGETHER WE SING Subscribe and join VocalEssence as we celebrate 55 years of singing together. From collaborations with the St. Olaf Choir, the Bach Society of Minnesota, and Northrop to exciting commissions by vocal activist Melanie DeMore, Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds, and Minnesota’s own Jocelyn Hagen and Kyle Pederson, this season is sure to make…

2023-2024 Season Press Photos

To Download: Click on the image in the gallery below and a high resolution version will appear for download. For press/promotional use related to VocalEssence events only.

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

2021-2022 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…

Leave a Legacy

The Philip Brunelle Founder’s Society recognizes those who make a provision for VocalEssence in their will or estate plans. The society is named in honor of our visionary founder, Philip Brunelle, who every day inspires the community to open their ears to new music from diverse cultures. How to Join the Philip Brunelle Founder’s Society You…

Planned Giving Options

Make Beautiful Music Last Forever Thank you for considering a gift to support VocalEssence to draw upon the power of singing together to nurture community, inspire creativity, affirm the value of all persons, and expand the influence of choral music. We know you support our work because you believe in what we do and because…

VocalEssence Singers Of This Age and WCCO anchors pose for a photo in front of Christmas trees at WCCO, photo credit Jennifer Weismann

VocalEssence Singers Of This Age Perform at WCCO Holiday Tree Lighting

Members of the VocalEssence Singers Of This Age were honored to be invited—for the second year in a row—to sing for the annual WCCO Home for the Holidays Community Tree lighting ceremony on Wednesday, November 30. They performed holiday favorites to set the mood! Click the button below to watch their performance. WATCH NOW Each…