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COVID-19 Discount

Are you an essential worker? Have you been adversely affected by COVID-19? As a small show of our heartfelt gratitude for your bravery in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are offering you a FREE VocalEssence On Demand subscription for the 2020-2021 Season.  This discount is available to:  Essential workers  Unemployed people People diagnosed with…

Table for More: Making Room in the Singing Arts

VocalEssence Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III partnered with NATS Boston, Boston Singers’ Resource, and the Greater Boston Choral Consortium to present the 4-part Interactive Webinar Series “Table for More: Making Room in the Singing Arts” in August 2020. Offered free of charge, the webinars were interactive discussions surrounding the discrimination and injustice in the…  Read More

Minnesota icon Philip Brunelle shares 8 great ‘Musical Moments’ in his life

By Terry Blain | Special to the Star Tribune Published: AUGUST 9, 2020 — 2:00PM https://www.startribune.com/minnesota-icon-philip-brunelle-shares-8-great-musical-moments-in-his-life/572044472/?refresh=true As Minnesota legend Philip Brunelle presents his 100th webcast Monday, he shares a few personal tales.   When the coronavirus crisis hit, Philip Brunelle started talking, and he has been talking ever since. The result? A string of “Musical…  Read More

Burleigh

Harry T. Burleigh | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Harry T. Burleigh. Harry T. Burleigh 1866-1949 The skilled composer and talented singer Harry Burleigh was a pioneering arranger of concert spirituals for solo voice and piano. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Burleigh studied piano, voice,…  Read More

Steve Heitzeg

Steve Heitzeg | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Steve Heitzeg. This episode includes a world premiere written by Steve called Water on Rocks Waltz, which was composed in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and is dedicated to Will Steger. Steve…  Read More

Randall Davidson

Randall Davidson | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Randall Davidson. Randall Davidson b. 1953 Minnesota composer Randall Davidson is praised for the originality, humor, and passion in his works. Davidson studied at Cornell College under Alf Houkom and at the University of Minnesota…  Read More

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David Evan Thomas

David Evan Thomas | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer David Evan Thomas. David Evan Thomas b. 1958 The music of Minneapolis composer David Evan Thomas, born in Rochester, New York, has been described as playful, warm, expressive, and radiant. Thomas has degrees from Northwestern…  Read More

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

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Snoop Dogg, Chris Koza, VocalEssence does Dylan, Prince tributes

By Jon Bream and Chris Riemenschneider | Star Tribune APRIL 26, 2019 — 11:30AM: http://www.startribune.com/twin-cities-concerts-of-the-week-snoop-dogg-chris-koza-vocalessence-does-dylan-prince-tributes/509061512/ This week’s big gigs for April 26-May 2, also including Neko Case, Kodak Black, Arturo Sandoval, Foals and more. Snoop Dogg (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Invision/AP) Snoop Dogg: With the Roots headed to Mystic Lake this summer, Snoop’s show this week…  Read More

VocalEssence music program comes to Westview Elementary

By: Patty Dexter | SUN Thisweek Published: April 11, 2019 https://www.hometownsource.com/sun_thisweek/community/apple_valley/vocalessence-music-program-comes-to-westview-elementary/article_6c0cac8c-5bd5-11e9-8b5b-477346985913.html Two local musicians visited Westview Elementary School in Apple Valley on April 4 as part of the school’s participation in VocalEssence’s Witness program. VocalEssence is a Minnesota arts organization that “uses the power of choral music to enhance our community by producing innovative vocal…  Read More