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Two Performances Sunday, February 4, 2024 at 4 PM Larson Hall, American Swedish Institute 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN Sunday, February 4, 2024 at 7 PM Larson Hall, American Swedish Institute 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN For 55 years, Philip Brunelle has been at the helm of VocalEssence, and now he is celebrating another milestone—his 80th Birthday—with…

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio 2023

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 Westwood Lutheran Church 9001 Cedar Lake Rd, St. Louis Park, MN “Shout for joy!” Back by popular demand, the Bach Society of Minnesota and the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers renew…

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 Svya—this year’s Welcome Christmas features music for all to enjoy! Experience the passion of all four VocalEssence ensembles singing…

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

By Sheila Regan MinnPost | February 23, 2023 https://www.minnpost.com/artscape/2023/02/weekend-picks-celebrate-black-history-month-in-song-and-essays-a-night-in-havana-and-more/ 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

Critics’ picks: The 11 best things to do and see in the Twin Cities this week

By Star Tribune Staff Star Tribune | February 23, 2023 startribune.com/muse-chapel-hart-vocalessence-dona-peron-bob-weir-resurgence-kahlil-robert-irving-evanescence/600253755/?refresh=true Critics’ picks for entertainment in the week ahead. Muse & Evanescence Minneapolis is the second stop on a tour that kicks off Saturday in Chicago, so it’s impossible to say what the arty, Rush-channeling British rockers in Muse will have up their sleeves. Their…  Read More

Joe Davis and G. Phillip Shoultz, III Interviewed on WCCO

A.J. Hilton and Heather Brown interview G. Phillip Shoultz, III and Joe Davis on WCCO On Monday, February 20, Joe Davis, artist, and G. Phillip Shoultz, III, associate artistic director were interviewed on WCCO. They shared information about the collaboration between Joe Davis and VocalEssence and what to expect at WITNESS: Reawakening Love on Saturday,…  Read More

VocalEssence Chorus members holding black folders and singing with a Christmas tree decorated with lights and blue ornaments in the background

Welcome Christmas 2022 PARKING INFORMATION

IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION FOR NORTHROP PLAN TO ARRIVE EARLY! Northrop is located in the heart of a vibrant, active campus and other scheduled events often impact traffic and parking availability. Reserve Your Spot: Purchase parking in advance in the Church Street Garage adjacent to Northrop. (Limited Availability) If you have not pre-purchased parking we recommend…

VOCALESSENCE, ARTIST JOE DAVIS AND THE NEW RENAISSANCE TO BEAR WITNESS IN SHOW HONORING BLACK HISTORY MONTH 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 Jennifer@owl-marketing.com   VOCALESSENCE, ARTIST JOE DAVIS AND THE NEW RENAISSANCE  TO BEAR WITNESS IN SHOW HONORING BLACK HISTORY MONTH  WITNESS: Reawakening Love Will Fuse Musical Styles into a Joyous Celebration  at Orchestra Hall on Feb. 26  MINNEAPOLIS—December 8, 2022—Stories of struggle, resilience and celebration come to musical life through an…  Read More

VOCALESSENCE YOUTH CHOIR—‘SINGERS OF THIS AGE’—TO MOTIVATE AND ENCOURAGE AUDIENCES WITH “CHANGE SINGS,” A DYNAMIC INVITATION TO ACTIVISM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 Jennifer@owl-marketing.com   VOCALESSENCE YOUTH CHOIR—‘SINGERS OF THIS AGE’—TO MOTIVATE AND ENCOURAGE AUDIENCES WITH “CHANGE SINGS,” A DYNAMIC INVITATION TO ACTIVISM New music is inspired by the writings of Presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman MINNEAPOLIS—December 8, 2022—VocalEssence, one of the world’s premier choral music organizations, presents Change Sings, April 22,…  Read More

VOCALESSENCE AND FAMED SINGER/COMPOSER MOIRA SMILEY PREMIERE NEW WORKS IN “SINGING THE WORLD AWAKE” 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 Jennifer@owl-marketing.com   VOCALESSENCE AND FAMED SINGER/COMPOSER MOIRA SMILEY  PREMIERE NEW WORKS IN “SINGING THE WORLD AWAKE”  Celebrate the joy of collaboration and singing together at Ordway Concert Hall on May 12 MINNEAPOLIS—December 8, 2022—VocalEssence, one of the world’s premier choral music organizations, has commissioned two new works from innovative…  Read More

Preview: The Montserrat Boy Choir’s Minnesotan Adventure

by Amy Donahue Twin Cities Arts Reader | October 31, 2022 PREVIEW: The Montserrat Boy Choir’s Minnesotan Adventure The Montserrat Boy Choir. One of the most-anticipated performances coming to the Twin Cities is coming all the way from Catalonia. The Montserrat Boy Choir, an elite choir from one of Spain’s oldest music schools, will perform at…  Read More

Conductors’ Corner September 2022

Philip Brunelle: The 54th VocalEssence season is in full swing and Philip Brunelle, VocalEssence Founder and Artistic Director, is delighted to be rehearsing the Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn music with the Ensemble Singers and the Chorus, preparing for the October 15 opening concert of the season, The Mendelssohns. On September 18 he was inducted into…

VocalEssence WITNESS School Program

The VocalEssence WITNESS School Program is an exciting opportunity for Minnesota students and teachers to learn more about the contributions African Americans have made, and are making, to the fine arts. 2020-2021 VocalEssence WITNESS: Will you be a Witness? Movements of Social Change Throughout history and across many cultures, music and movement, art and creative expression have all…  Read More

VOCALESSENCE ‘WELCOME CHRISTMAS’ CONCERT MOVES TO NORTHROP, FILLING A BIGGER VENUE WITH A GIANT BLAST OF HOLIDAY JOY 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 Jennifer@owl-marketing.com   VOCALESSENCE ‘WELCOME CHRISTMAS’ CONCERT MOVES TO NORTHROP, FILLING A BIGGER VENUE WITH A GIANT BLAST OF HOLIDAY JOY  For the First Time, All VocalEssence Ensembles Join Together on One Stage–Dec. 10 & 11  MINNEAPOLIS—August 23, 2022—It’s a beloved annual holiday tradition for many, and this year,…  Read More

An Event 800 Years in the Making! VocalEssence Welcomes Spain’s Montserrat Boy Choir in Midwest Premiere

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 Jennifer@owl-marketing.com AN EVENT 800 YEARS IN THE MAKING! VOCALESSENCE WELCOMES SPAIN’S MONTSERRAT BOY CHOIR IN MIDWEST PREMIERE The Basilica of Saint Mary is sacred setting for a once-in-a-lifetime appearance—Nov. 11 MINNEAPOLIS—August 12, 2022—This fall, VocalEssence welcomes the Montserrat Boy Choir in the historic performance group’s first-ever visit to…  Read More