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VocalEssence brings Gullah to Minneapolis

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By Graydon Royce, Star Tribune Two hundred singers led by Melanie DeMore will pound the rhythm of Gullah music as VocalEssence bears “Witness.” There is no sheet music, the conductor teaches by rote and the singers need to watch their…  Read more »

VocalEssence gathers 300 voices for Dove oratorio

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REVIEW: For its 45th-season opener, Sunday afternoon at Central Lutheran in Minneapolis. VocalEssence went big with composer Jonathan Dove’s “There Was A Child.” For its 45th-season opener, Sunday afternoon at Central Lutheran in Minneapolis. VocalEssence went big. There was soprano…  Read more »

Pioneer Press: VocalEssence has its first assistant artistic director

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Pioneer Press, 06/17/2013 VocalEssence has hired its first assistant artistic director, Tesfa Wondemagegnehu. Wondemagegnehu joins the Minnesota-based choral organization from Orlando, Fla., where he was director of choral activities at Freedom High School. He will serve under VocalEssence artistic director…  Read more »

Insight News: VocalEssence introduces new assistant artistic director

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http://www.insightnews.com/aesthetics/10940-vocalessence-introduces-new-assistant-artistic-director Minnesota-based choral organization, VocalEssence has a new first assistant artistic director. Tesfa Wondemagegnehu was hired after a global search to fill the position. Wondemagegnehu comes to VocalEssence from Orlando, Fla., where he was director of choral activities at Freedom…  Read more »

VocalEssence recognized with 6th Chorus America/ASCAP Award

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Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming For the sixth time, VocalEssence has been honored with the prestigious Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. The award recognizes Chorus America member choruses that demonstrate a commitment to fostering and promoting new music….  Read more »

Classical MPR: In the Beginning, there was Copland

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Interview with John Birge, Classical Minnesota Public Radio  (listen) St. Paul, Minn. — For the VocalEssence, it truly began with Aaron Copland. When Philip Brunelle launched his new professional chorus in 1969, he went out on a limb and invited…  Read more »

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