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Fans of “Moana” Can Take a Tropical Winter Break with VocalEssence for Costumed Sing-Along Fun!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 FANS OF “MOANA” CAN TAKE A TROPICAL WINTER BREAK WITH VOCALESSENCE FOR COSTUMED SING-ALONG FUN! The VocalEssence youth choir—Singers Of This Age—will lead sing-along movie screening of the hit Disney film at the American Swedish Institute—Feb. 1     MINNEAPOLIS—October 21, 2019—The American Swedish Institute and VocalEssence are…  Read More

VocalEssence Vintage Voices Season Begins at Three Senior Centers

There are a lot of exciting opportunities in store for the VocalEssence Vintage Voices singers during the 2019-2020 season! Rehearsals have kicked off for the Park Singers at Parkshore Senior Community in Saint Louis Park, where 40 participating singers are working together to prepare a concert of folk songs, spirituals, doo wop, Broadway hits, and…  Read More

VocalEssence Says ‘God Jul!’ To All As Christmas Concerts Go Nordic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE SAYS ‘GOD JUL!’ TO ALL AS CHRISTMAS CONCERTS GO NORDIC Carols from Sweden, Finland, and Norway star in this year’s Welcome Christmas program, including a world premiere from Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen MINNEAPOLIS — July 30, 2019 — The Welcome Christmas concerts from the VocalEssence…  Read More

VocalEssence Artistic Director Receives (Another) Top Honor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR RECEIVES (ANOTHER) TOP HONOR Philip Brunelle wins the 2019 American Prize in Conducting             MINNEAPOLIS — July 23, 2019 — VocalEssence founder and artistic director Philip Brunelle is still going strong after more than a half century on the podium. The maestro recently garnered…  Read More

VocalEssence Again Joins Iconic Mexican Symphony Orchestra for Performances

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE AGAIN JOINS ICONIC MEXICAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA FOR PERFORMANCES Minneapolis-based choral ensemble will travel to Mexico for second summer to perform Verdi’s Requiem with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería MINNEAPOLIS — July 23, 2019 — The VocalEssence Ensemble Singers have again been invited to join the legendary…  Read More

VocalEssence Singers Of This Age Recognized Nationally

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE SINGERS OF THIS AGE RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY Youth choir named “Best New Education Program” by Chorus America MINNEAPOLIS — July 22, 2019 — VocalEssence is not just a revered performing ensemble, but an award-winning educational institution as well. Its groundbreaking high school choir, VocalEssence Singers Of This…  Read More

VocalEssence Single Ticket Pre-Sale 2019-2020

Order now through Sunday, August 4 with Promotion Code PRESALE1920 to receive the 15% discount. To purchase, click the concert links below or call 612-371-5656. Divine Light Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 4 PM and 7 PM Summit Center for Arts & Innovation, Saint Paul Soak in the intimate beauty in this unique chamber performance…  Read More

VocalEssence 50th Season Annual Meeting

What a year! After a successful 50th season, we took a moment to pause and reflect on our accomplishments with those near and dear to us. On May 9, 2019, 80 people representing a broad slice of the VocalEssence community—members of our board, staff, choirs, donors, patrons, volunteers, and advisory councils—came together to share in the…  Read More

Calling All Clappers, Stompers, And Snow Angel-Makers! Sing & Craft with VocalEssence at Holiday Family Event-“Winter Wonder”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 CALLING ALL CLAPPERS, STOMPERS, AND SNOW ANGEL-MAKERS! SING & CRAFT WITH VOCALESSENCE AT HOLIDAY FAMILY EVENT — “WINTER WONDER” The holiday show returns to Mia with a new name and more times!—Dec. 14 MINNEAPOLIS— June 26, 2019—VocalEssence is so eager to share the joy of holiday singing…  Read More

Set Your Soul Free with VocalEssence WITNESS: What a Mighty God

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 SET YOUR SOUL FREE WITH VOCALESSENCE WITNESS: WHAT A MIGHTY GOD Spirituals are in the spotlight as the VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers welcome Dr. André Thomas, NaGuanda Nobles, and Christian Mark Gibbs—November 17    MINNEAPOLIS — June 26, 2019 — VocalEssence is honoring the tradition of…  Read More

VocalEssence Family Series Returns with Tales & Tunes at the American Swedish Institute

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE FAMILY SERIES RETURNS WITH TALES & TUNES AT THE AMERICAN SWEDISH INSTITUTE Musical storytime event for families includes sing-alongs, lullabies, and crafts—Sept. 28 MINNEAPOLIS — June 26, 2019— Families with young children will have a chance to enjoy a creative morning of singing, reading, and listening,…  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: 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 WITNESS: Yet They Persist Questions Answered

Thank you to the 150 people who took the VocalEssence WITNESS: Yet They Persist Survey. The VocalEssence staff analyzes the results and uses the information to plan for better performances in the future. Below is a summary of the results. 17% of attendees were attending their very first VocalEssence concert, and 44% of respondents attended…  Read More

Candide by Theater Latte Da and VocalEssence

Jules | Minnesota Theater Love PUBLISHED: Sunday, March 24, 2019 When: March 20-24 At: Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts Running Time: two and a half hours with intermish About: “A tale exploding with star-crossed lovers, melodramatic villains, broad comedy, and a beautiful score, Candide combines the power of opera with the delights of musical theatre. Wrapped…  Read More

“Candide” by VocalEssence and Theatre Latte Da at the Cowles Center

by Jill | Cherry and Spoon  Friday, March 22, 2019 Leonard Bernstein is one of the best 20th Century American composers (not to mention pianist and conductor, as I learned last year). His Candide is stunningly beautiful, but based on Voltaire’s 18th Century satirical novel, it’s a bit… weird. Twin Cities vocal ensemble VocalEssence and music-theater company Theater Latte Da have combined to…  Read More