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Postcards from Mexico-Day 2

MONDAY 8/27/2019 On Singing Softly   Six hours of painstaking rehearsal notes with our Mexican Coro de Mineria friends on the Verdi Requiem: we are exhausted, but happy. As all 80+ singers crammed together, we sat literally shoulder to shoulder. “I hope you enjoy being close,” Philip said after we greeted one another warmly. “Because…  Read More

VocalEssence Ensemble Singers to Present a Homecoming Concert

The VocalEssence Ensemble Singers under the direction of Philip Brunelle will present a Homecoming Concert featuring music from their Mexico tour on Saturday, September 7, at 7 PM at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Prior Lake. The concert is free of charge, but a free-will offering will be taken at the event. VocalEssence…  Read More

A Legacy of New Music

David Vogels: The American Organist TAO August 2019 Many of you recognize Philip Brunelle as a world-class choral conductor, based on his tenure with Plymouth Congregational Church and the VocalEssence ensemble in Minneapolis—he’s currently celebrating his 50th anniversary with both organizations. You may also know him as an opera conductor and a director of music festivals…  Read More


Whether you are an individual, company or foundation, there are a number of ways for you to help transform the lives of more than 20,000 people each year ages 0-100+ through our concerts, events, and learning and engagement programs. Ways to Give Online Now: Whether you want to give a one-time gift or set up…  Read More

Pick Six: Praise for VocalEssence, Lizz Wright, David Crosby, more

by Louisa Castner and Jon Bream | Star Tribune MAY 18, 2019 — 12:23AM: Louisa Castner of Minneapolis: 1 VocalEssence, “The Times They Are a-Changin’.” Conductors Philip Brunelle and G. Phillip Shoultz III showcased Minnesota-made music, with the visionary song cycle by Steve Hackman and bold new arrangements of iconic Bob Dylan tunes. 2…  Read More

Yellow Tree, Lyric Arts, Artistry: 2019-20 lineups

By Pamela Espeland | MinnPost April 24, 2019: Photo by Guy Magno A scene from a previous production of “Another Miracle on Christmas Lake.” Take a break from downtown parking woes … in both cities. Good theater happens in places that have ample free parking just outside the door. Three robust theater companies have recently…  Read More

260 films from 77 nations coming our way in April

By Pamela Espeland | MinnPost Wednesday, March 20, 2019 – 10:04 AM: Courtesy of the Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul A still from MSPIFF’s opening night film, “Yuli,” about the life of Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta. The 38th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival is just over two weeks away. Tickets go on sale to the…  Read More

Twin Cities team tries to ‘fix’ Leonard Bernstein’s biggest flop

By Terry Blain | Special to the Star Tribune MARCH 17, 2019 — 11:11AM: Theater Latté Da doubles up with VocalEssence to rethink a confounding musical theater work. Photo: Allen Weeks After opening on Broadway in 1956, Leonard Bernstein’s operetta “Candide” ran for a paltry 73 performances. That’s a disaster in terms of music theater.…  Read More

Cause for Celebration: Why Choruses See Major Anniversaries as Major Opportunities

Don Lee |  Chorus America January 10, 2019 North American choruses are anticipating a wave of major anniversaries in the coming years, and their leaders are hard at work preparing to mark the occasions. The most thoughtful celebrations honor a chorus’s past achievements, while laying the groundwork for an even stronger future. Brace yourself. In…  Read More

Readers Write: VocalEssence in Mexico

SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 — 5:40PM Recently, it was the privilege of the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers to be invited to Mexico City as guests of the Symphonic Orchestra of Minería and the National University of Mexico funded by Fomento Educacional. The 30 professional Minnesota singers joined forces with 30 professional Mexican singers for a week…  Read More

VocalEssence Kicks Off 50th Season with a Trip Down Memory Lane—At The Ordway Oct. 7

CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE KICKS OFF 50th SEASON WITH A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE—AT THE ORDWAY OCT. 7 Special guests—and surprises—as choral nonprofit kicks off historic anniversary with songs from their most popular performances MINNEAPOLIS — June 27, 2018—It’s going to be a magical night of remembrance and tribute as VocalEssence opens its…  Read More