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The big gigs: 10 concerts to see in the Twin Cities this week

By Chris Riemenschneider, Jon Bream and Rob Hubbard  Star Tribune | March 2, 2022 Live music highlights for March 4-9 include Dua Lipa, First Ave’s Best New Bands, the Beths, VocalEssence and more. Friday, March 4 First Avenue’s Best New Bands: Don’t worry, the two-month postponement of this annual roundup of Minnesota buzzmakers didn’t take away any of…  Read More

Music review: VocalEssence, Bach Society deliver healthy dose of rejoicing in ‘Christmas Oratorio’

By SHEILA REGAN Pioneer Press | December 4, 2021  Decked out with birch trees and wreaths, the Basilica of Saint Mary in downtown Minneapolis brought in the Christmas season when the combined forces of VocalEssence and the Bach Society of Minnesota presented four of the six Cantatas that make up Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio.” Situated…  Read More

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VocalEssence is a 501(c)(3) organization governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. The VocalEssence Board of Directors is comprised of up to 30 members who represent a wide range of backgrounds including corporate, non-profit, education, community, and leadership experience. Current Board Fast Facts 2021-22 Budget VocalEssence in the Community Strategic Plan The VocalEssence Board of…

Welcome Friends!

Lucky you! You must have met one of the many VocalEssence fans who wants to share the magic with you. VocalEssence is a singing organization that has a vision to transform lives by singing together, assuring a place for everyone’s voice. Our list of 2021-2022 Season events are below. Please click the event to learn…

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Reignite your holiday traditions with 8 great concerts by Twin Cities classical groups

By Rob Hubbard Star Tribune | DECEMBER 1, 2021  From a bounty of Bach to a Kate DiCamillo opera, there’s plenty on tap. Stop-motion animator Erin Pollock made a video to accompany Minnesota Opera’s “Edward Tulane Choral Suite,” streaming for free starting Dec. 13. Last December proved a winter of discontent for those who…  Read More

Minnesota Choral Directors Honor Philip Brunelle

  MINNESOTA CHORAL DIRECTORS HONOR PHILIP BRUNELLE  The American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota (ACDA-MN) will honor Philip Brunelle, founding artistic director of VocalEssence, at a special festival Legacy concert during the annual ACDA-MN State Conference on Friday, November 19, 8:00 pm.   The public concert will be performed at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 900 Stillwater…  Read More

Lean Into Hope

Watch as Philip Brunelle and and G. Phillip Shoultz, III, share their artistic vision for the VocalEssence 2021-2022 season opener, Hope Lives Here. Get your tickets to Hope Lives Here today! LEARN MORE AND BUY TICKETS  

Live Dancing and Singing—Sublime!

Watch as Philip Brunelle and Lise Houlton, Artistic Director of Minnesota Dance Theatre, discuss the partnership between Minnesota Dance Theatre and VocalEssence. Philip asks what it is like to dance to live singing, to which Lise responds, “Sublime.” Lise and Philip talk about how the dancers create a physical representation of Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms,”…  Read More

Philip Brunelle Previews Gabriel Kahane Commission

Watch as Philip Brunelle gives you a sneak peek into “We Are the Saints”, a new commission by Gabriel Kahane that will be featured on the VocalEssence 2021-2022 season opener, Hope Lives Here. The piece is in three movements, approximately ten minutes in length and will be sung by the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers. The first…  Read More

10 Twin Cities classical music concerts to add to your calendar for fall 2021

By Rob Hubbard Special to the Star Tribune | August 27, 2021 ‘Opera Afuera’ Minnesota Opera originally planned to open its season at the St. Paul Saints’ ballpark, but moved its presentation of Latin American vocal music and operatic excerpts to Minnesota United’s soccer pitch. Fort Worth Symphony leader Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducts. Scarves optional.…  Read More

Celebrate the Season with Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at the Basilica

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   CONTACTS:   Jennifer Weismann   612-716-0556     Randi Ericksen  612-440-6219 CELEBRATE THE SEASON WITH BACH’S CHRISTMAS ORATORIO AT THE BASILICA  VocalEssence and The Bach Society of Minnesota team up to perform holiday masterwork—December 3  MINNEAPOLIS—September 17, 2021—The VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and the Bach Society of Minnesota (BSM) will collaborate on a concert performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in a stunning setting, at…  Read More

VocalEssence, Cantus return to live and in-person performance; Ragamala Dance at Lyndale Gardens

By Pamela Espeland MinnPost| August 24, 2021 ALSO: Malamanya live at Lyndale Gardens; Teresa Mock presents “The Uncertainty Principle”; and August Green Roof Poetry at the Walker. Special guests for this year’s “Witness” concert at Orchestra Hall will be the Aeolians, the world-renowned choir from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama. Courtesy of VocalEssence Dear Artscape…  Read More

VocalEssence COVID Protocols

Updated 8/29/2022 We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic as it evolves and adhering to all health and safety recommendations put forth by the Minnesota Department of Health, as well as any health and safety protocols in place at our concert venues. Our 2022-2023 Season protocols will be posted here once the season begins. These…

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Welcome Christmas 2021

Revel in the mystery of the season through the depth of a mother’s love Three Performances Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 4 PM Plymouth Congregational Church 1919 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis, MN Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 7:30 PM Plymouth Congregational Church 1919 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis, MN Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 4 PM Roseville Lutheran…

VocalEssence season to include Bob Dylan tour and new composition by the Police’s Stewart Copeland

By ROSS RAIHALA | Pioneer Press | August 6, 2021  “Music Moves Us” is the theme of VocalEssence’s recently announced 2021-22 concert season. The Minneapolis choral music group will return to in-person concerts in a variety of venues. Concerts will also be streamed online free of charge. Season tickets go on sale Aug. 23, with single…  Read More