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VocalEssence marks milestone season with new voices, unique collaborations

June 4, 2018 by Paige Elliott Minneapolis-based choral organization VocalEssence has recently unveiled the musical offerings for its jubilee 50th season. Highlighting a diverse lineup of concerts and programming, the nonprofit’s 2018-2019 season promises outdoor summer sing-alongs, a new family series, and musical celebrations of inclusion, perseverance and identity. The season kicks off in August with…  Read More

VocalEssence Announcements Concert & Family Programs for Historic 50th Season

CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE ANNOUNCES CONCERT & FAMILY PROGRAMS FOR HISTORIC 50th SEASON Celebrating 50 years of honoring music’s greatest artists, introducing their work to new audiences, and nurturing the diverse voices that will shape its next half-century. Download season photos here. MINNEAPOLIS — May 15, 2018—Marking a milestone for the nationally renowned…  Read More

Choral legend lands in Minnesota with music composed especially for VocalEssence

By Terry Blain Special to the Star Tribune APRIL 19, 2018 — 11:49AM Englishman John Rutter is a phenomenon in the world of choral music, celebrated worldwide for the easy melodiousness of his music — and the joy it brings to those who sing it. His Minnesota connections date back more than three decades, to…  Read More

Beautiful Star CD Text

WISHES AND CANDLES Stephen Paulus We have a wish for each candle we light, Making the holidays shiny and bright. A wish for the children, the young and the old, To never go hungry, to never be cold. Wishes and candles and love and laughter, Memories we’ll treasure forever after. Families are gathered with presents…  Read More

Mortals & Angels Text

Mortals & Angels: A Bluegrass Te Deum Carol Barnett   I. ANGEL OF GOD (traditional prayer) (Mortals) Angel of God, My guardian dear, To whom God’s love Entrusts me here, Ever this day Be at my side To light and guard And rule and guide.   II. TE DEUM (traditional) (Angels) Te Deum laudamus (O…  Read More

20% off tickets for The SPCO’s Liquid Music Series

BEDROOM COMMUNITY AND FRIENDS Featuring Valgeir Sigurðsson, Jodie Landau, Sam Amidon and Daníel Bjarnason with Mariam Wallentin and Pekka Kuusisto Copresented with the American Swedish Institute Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Doors at 6pm | Music at 7:30pm (purchase tickets) American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis Bedroom Community, “a creative hub of sonic geniuses that continues to evolve and…  Read More

Lullaby Project Creation Sessions Awe and Amaze

Inspiration abounded for teen moms and their children at Longfellow Alternative High School this November. Five African American teen moms from Minneapolis worked with guest artist Melanie DeMore, Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III, and members of the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers to write lullabies for their babies. The program is part of the Lullaby Project,…  Read More

Bridge of Song Reverb

As a professional choir conductor for 20 years, I’ve learned to read the subtle cues in the room before the singing starts, but I’d never before experienced a feeling quite like the one at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis on that July night. It was only a week since the tragedies in Falcon Heights and…  Read More

VocalEssence Explores the Seasons of Life with “The Voyage”

CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE EXPLORES THE SEASONS OF LIFE WITH “THE VOYAGE” Acclaimed choral ensemble kicks off 48th season exploring challenges and triumphs in a musical journey through life, marked by the words of Shakespeare—October 16   MINNEAPOLIS—AUGUST 26, 2016—Internationally recognized choral music organization VocalEssence, who earlier this summer performed with Italian singing…  Read More

VocalEssence Brings Choral Music Luminaries to Minneapolis for Historic Community Sing

CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556   VOCALESSENCE BRINGS CHORAL MUSIC LUMINARIES TO MINNEAPOLIS FOR HISTORIC COMMUNITY SING Join in song with nonagenarian choral legend Alice Parker and long-time Sweet Honey In The Rock® star Ysaÿe Barnwell at Community Sing with VocalEssence—October 15   MINNEAPOLIS—JULY 12, 2016—For the first Community Sing of its 48th season, Minneapolis’s premier choral ensemble…  Read More

Songwriters Wanted—VocalEssence ReMix Seeks Emerging Artists

CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 SONGWRITERS WANTED — VOCALESSENCE REMIX SEEKS EMERGING ARTISTS Choral group’s mentorship competition for new MN composers open for entries through July 1 MINNEAPOLIS—APRIL 26, 2016—Minnesota’s leading nonprofit choral organization, VocalEssence, is calling for emerging songwriters and composers across the state to apply for VocalEssence ReMix, a life-changing opportunity for young artists. “If…  Read More