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Reignite your holiday traditions with 8 great concerts by Twin Cities classical groups

By Rob Hubbard Star Tribune | DECEMBER 1, 2021  From a bounty of Bach to a Kate DiCamillo opera, there’s plenty on tap. Stop-motion animator Erin Pollock made a video to accompany Minnesota Opera’s “Edward Tulane Choral Suite,” streaming for free starting Dec. 13. Last December proved a winter of discontent for those who…  Read More

Weekend Best Bets: Oct. 14-17

By Katherine Lawless Minnesota Monthly | October 14, 2021–wQ19DN3ZzEfY4zNYauHGba4XtCbAeoH7kjajasXaN2SZAlS5cL9_ChbZ0Tn-BoVhTzmL0VcG5sPZNU9fJQgoZW0JidQ0lFVEwTS_2FnrMcVP554Y&utm_content=170892188&utm_source=hs_email Things to do this weekend around the Twin Cities: VocalEssence, Summit Brewing, Cafe Meow, and more VocalEssence’s 2021-22 season is underwayPHOTO BY KYNDELL HARKNESS Girls in Film What LunaFest When: Thursday-Saturday, October 14-16 Where: Virtual In a virtual film fest that benefits Girls on the Run Minnesota—a nonprofit…  Read More

VocalEssence, Cantus return to live and in-person performance; Ragamala Dance at Lyndale Gardens

By Pamela Espeland MinnPost| August 24, 2021 ALSO: Malamanya live at Lyndale Gardens; Teresa Mock presents “The Uncertainty Principle”; and August Green Roof Poetry at the Walker. Special guests for this year’s “Witness” concert at Orchestra Hall will be the Aeolians, the world-renowned choir from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama. Courtesy of VocalEssence Dear Artscape…  Read More

When can the arts reopen? Dr. Fauci says, ‘If we are careful … sometime in the fall

By: Pamela Espeland MinnPost | March 25, 2021 Dr. Anthony Fauci: “Get vaccinated when you are eligible, continue to wear a mask, and socially distance when out in public.” Susan Walsh/Pool via REUTERS ALSO: VocalEssence’s “Call of the North” features Minnesota composers and poets; Davina and the Vagabonds to livestream from the Dakota; and…  Read More

Elizabeth Catlett | Women’s History Month with GPS

On today’s edition of Take 5, GPS celebrates acclaimed printmaker and sculptor, Elizabeth Catlett, whose work reflects her interest in African art and social issues in the United States and Mexico. Our musical pairing is “I’ll Come Back To You,” as performed by Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers. Learn More…  Read More

G. Phillip Shoultz III of VocalEssence: ‘Stopping has never been an option for me’

By Pamela Espeland | columnist MinnPost Published: OCTOBER 16, 2020 Shoultz leads the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers (32 professional singers), the VocalEssence Chorus (115-120 volunteer singers) and the youth choir VocalEssence Singers of This Age, aka VESOTA. Photo by Kyndell Harkness G. Phillip Shoultz III at the start of the pandemic: “So the first step was triage. Let’s…  Read More

EVENT: Music Lives Here, Preparing for Re-Entry Part 1

Mar 27 @ 6:38 pm

Join us on Thursday to see a online rehearsal demonstration to prepare you for upcoming rehearsals this fall. Zoom Information Meeting ID: 980 7775 6921 Password: musiclives Dial by your location +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) Background A day of new possibilities began on Monday, May 11 as representatives from ACDA-MN (Diane Heaney,…  Read More


FAMILY: Voices Calling Concert Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle – May 29, 2020 – Florence Price Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle – May 28, 2020 – Hector Berlioz Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle – May 27, 2020 – Nathaniel Dett Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle – May 26, 2020 – Gerald Finzi Musical Moments with…  Read More

COVID-19 Update – March 25, 2020

Our thoughts are with you and your families as we write this. While VocalEssence is physically distancing, we continue to look for ways to use the healing power of music to socially connect and keep people thinking positively. We encourage regular visits to, and will offer updates by email on how we can continue to sing together…  Read More

VocalEssence Singers Of This Age Kick Off Summer Tour with Local Concert

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE SINGERS OF THIS AGE KICK OFF SUMMER TOUR WITH LOCAL CONCERT Before Chicago trip, diverse youth choir perform at Augsburg University—May 30 MINNEAPOLIS — December 17, 2019 — The VocalEssence Singers of This Age, or VESOTA, are taking the show on the road with the VESOTA…  Read More