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VocalEssence singers holding black folders performing at Northrop with brass and percussion players conducted by G. Phillip Shoultz, III. Photo Credit: Tony Nelson Photography

Welcome Christmas 2023 Digital Concert Program

FEATURING: VocalEssence Chorus VocalEssence Ensemble Singers VocalEssence Singers Of This Age VocalEssence Vintage Voices Brass and Percussion Ensemble Casey Rafn, piano Mary Jo Gothmann, organ Philip Brunelle, conductor G . Phillip Shoultz, III, conductor

Weekend picks: Get your ghoul on at ‘The Haunted Avalon’ and with Sparkle Theatricals; get real-life scared contemplating a post-Roe world

October 26, 2023 By Sheila Regan | MinnPost Plus: VocalEssence performs with the St. Olaf Choir; a Hmong-American exhibit of art in different mediums in the east metro, and a Halloween puppet extravaganza on the Midtown Greenway. Halloween approaches and Twin Cities arts organizations are ready. Whether you’re in the mood for immersive outdoor puppetry, ghoulish…  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…

VocalEssence Gala 2024 logo with the words "Celebration of Song" and the event date and location in gold in front of a geometric colorful background. Design credit: Lora Joshi

VocalEssence Gala 2024

May 11 @ 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

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

Executive Director of VocalEssence Announces Retirement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF VOCALESSENCE ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT Mary Ann Aufderheide to step down after two decades of growth and success for internationally celebrated choral organization  MINNEAPOLIS—September 15, 2023—After two decades as executive director of internationally renowned choral organization VocalEssence, Mary Ann Aufderheide is retiring, marking the end of…  Read More

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Concert: Hope Renewed

May 3 @ 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 a commission by Daniel Godfrey and the latest piece by ACDA Genesis prize…

VocalEssence Announces 2023-2024 Season: “Together We Sing”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE ANNOUNCES 2023-2024  SEASON: “TOGETHER WE SING” VocalEssence will not slow down in season 55 with a celebration of longstanding musical partnerships. MINNEAPOLIS—May 12, 2023—VocalEssence, one of the world’s premier choral music organizations, is gearing up for its “speed limit” season—55 years of making music and celebrating the joy…  Read More

2023-2024 Season Press Photos

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Advance ticket sales are now closed. A limited number of general admission seats and standing room tickets will be available for purchase at the door. The on-site box office will open one hour prior to the concert. Tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis. Two Performances Sunday, February 4, 2024 at…

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio 2023

Advance tickets sales are now closed. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the door beginning at 6:30 PM on Friday and 3 PM on Saturday. Two Performances Friday, December 15, 2023 at 7:30 PM St. Paul’s United Church of Christ 900 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN Saturday, December 16, 2023 at 4 PM…

Welcome Christmas 2023

Two Performances Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 4 PM Northrop 84 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN Sunday, December 10, 2023 at 4 PM Northrop 84 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN Feliz Navidad, Happy Christmas, God Jul, and Veselykh Svyat—this year’s Welcome Christmas features music for all to enjoy! Experience the passion of all four VocalEssence ensembles singing…

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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…

Weekend Picks: Celebrate Black History Month in song and essays; a night in Havana; and more

By Sheila Regan MinnPost | February 23, 2023 A world of Twin Cities art and culture awaits this weekend after the snowstorm. VocalEssence celebrates Black History Month with Joe Davis and The New Renaissance, in the choral performance, “WITNESS: Reawakening Love.”   Snowstorm? What snowstorm? After this madness has passed, the world of Twin…  Read More