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Enjoy Cyber Savings on Gifts of Great Music from VocalEssence

Music makes the perfect gift for family and friends, and Cyber Monday through December 25 you can save 20% on tickets to VocalEssence Season Concerts that will make hearts merry well after the holiday season; just use discount code WELCOME1516 at checkout. You can also provide loved ones with the joyful sounds of our latest…  Read More

Nordic Nativity Text

Jul, Jul, Strålande Jul By: Gustav Nordqvist Peace, peace, wonderful peace, Peace to the world is given. Hush’d are the angels, so still is the night; Then in the East shone a heavenly light. Join in the chorus His praises sing! Glory to God, to the new born King. Peace, peace, wonderful peace. Peace to…  Read More

At Thanksgiving, Enjoy a Bit of ‘Summer’

As you celebrate Thanksgiving, take a break from the chill of fall and enjoy this video. The VocalEssence Ensemble Singers, conducted by Dale Warland, performed “Summer” from Seasons by Dominick Argento at the VocalEssence Made in Minnesota concert on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. Happy Thanksgiving!

‘Brothers, Sing On’: 200-Voice High School Male Chorus Rocks Rehearsal

Students from six Twin Cities high schools gathered on Monday, November 16 at Southwest High School in Minneapolis for their first rehearsal with VocalEssence Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III to prepare for their performance with VocalEssence and the Morehouse College Glee Club for the WITNESS concerts in February 2016. Students learned five songs, rehearsed…  Read More

Mary Jo Gothmann

Accompanist phone 612-547-1451 fax 612-547-1484 info@vocalessence.org Mary Jo Gothmann joined VocalEssence as staff accompanist in 2015. She is the founder and artistic director of the JOYA chamber music series at Zion Lutheran church in Anoka. She has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Bakken Trio, and Hill House Chamber Players. Mary Jo appears…  Read More

Youthful Excellence: Francisco J. Núñez and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City® Will Engage Twin Cities on Many Levels

You may have seen them on national television—“From the Top at Carnegie Hall,” NBC’s Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting, and “Good Morning America” for starters. And their founder and conductor, MacArthur “genius” Fellow Francisco J. Núñez, was recently profiled on Fox & Friends and interviewed on a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works Media…  Read More

The WITNESS Collection (4-CD Set)

VocalEssence WITNESS recordings showcase the music of trailblazing African American composers — the soul of American classical music. This CD collection is out of print, but you can still order the individual CDs through Gothic Records. Please click the links below to learn more. Dance Like the Wind: Music of Today’s Black Composers Got the…  Read More

VocalEssence WITNESS

VocalEssence WITNESS is one of the nation’s premier initiatives celebrating the contributions of African Americans to our shared American heritage through concerts, recordings and comprehensive educational programs. Please visit the VocalEssence WITNESS Program History page to learn more about the background and inspiration behind the program. VocalEssence WITNESS School Program offers online workshops with experienced Teaching…  Read More

Blog Reuse Policy

Permissions & Copyright The written and visual contents of the VocalEssence blog, including illustrations, are protected by copyright. Except for translations, you may not reproduce VocalEssence articles online or in print without first obtaining written permission. Please contact VocalEssence to obtain written consent. Once you receive permission, contact us let us know where and when…  Read More

Learning and Engagement Programs

VocalEssence Learning & Engagement programs are specifically designed for people ages 0-100+ to connect, create, and learn across cultures. In each of our programs, we: Connect people with renowned choral experts —giving them the opportunity to learn directly from exceptional role models. Blend music and the study of cultures present in Minnesota’s diverse population. Provide…  Read More

Annual Report

These annual reports describe the many ways VocalEssence is impacting the community through song. Click below to see some of the most recent reports for VocalEssence. View and download the 2018-2019 Annual Report below.   2017-2018 Annual Report (PDF) 2016-2017 Annual Report (PDF) 2015-2016 Annual Report (PDF) 2014-2015 Annual Report (PDF) 2013-2014 Annual Report (PDF)…  Read More