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VocalEssence Donor Financial Information Security Policy

VocalEssence will provide a secure environment for collecting donations and maintaining internal controls governing the safekeeping of all confidential donor financial and personal information. In all financial information systems and financial transactions, VocalEssence will work to protect the financial information of donors and earn the trust they have placed in the organization. VocalEssence does not…  Read More

Jeff Bina

Director of Finance and Operations phone 612-547-1455 fax 612-547-1464 Jeff Bina comes to VocalEssence with a background in arts administration and finance as well as radio production and music performance. Prior to VocalEssence, he spent four years with the professional men’s vocal ensemble, Cantus, serving as their Operations and Finance Manager. Here, he grew…  Read More

Amanda Timmer

Director of Marketing and Communications phone 612-547-1459 fax 612-547-1484 Amanda Timmer joined VocalEssence in 2014.  As the Director of Marketing and Communications, Amanda plans and oversees communication strategies that promote all that VocalEssence creates. Prior to joining the VocalEssence staff, Amanda earned a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from Minnesota State University,…  Read More

VocalEssence Vintage Voices

VocalEssence Vintage Voices is an exciting new choral program that integrates the arts into the everyday lives of older adults by fostering the creation of choirs in assisted living communities and senior centers. Activities include choral rehearsals with conductor Rob Graham and accompanist John Jensen for 12 weeks, culminating in an on-site concert for friends, family, residents and community…  Read More

Reatha Clark King Award

The Reatha Clark King Award for Excellence and Youth Motivation through the Cultural Arts was developed by VocalEssence in 2007 to celebrate and recognize outstanding leaders who are in the field empowering young people through direct contact, making a way for them to be as successful as they can be. It was named after the…  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

Mission, Vision, and Values

VocalEssence Mission VocalEssence draws upon the power of singing together to nurture community, inspire creativity, affirm the value of all persons, and expand the influence of choral music. VocalEssence Vision VocalEssence seeks to be forward-thinking—a singing community where all find belonging. Aspiring to inspire, we discover, celebrate, and build lasting experiences that transform hearts and…  Read More

Ethan Johnson

Director of Artistic Operations phone 612-547-1480 Ethan Johnson joined the team at VocalEssence in the summer of 2019. As the Director of Artistic Operations, Ethan oversees the process of planning and executing the behind-the-scenes details of VocalEssence artistic programs, including concert production and Learning & Engagement programmatic events. Working with VocalEssence artists and guest…  Read More

VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! to Include iPads in Performance

Students are buzzing with excitement about the upcoming VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! Community Concerts on Monday, May 23 at 6 and 8 pm at the Ordway Concert Hall. Northport Elementary School students have been practicing moving while singing. Composer Alephsus Valdés has written a song for them using iPads. “Máscaras” or “Masks” includes students covering and uncovering…  Read More

VocalEssence to Perform Listener-Selected Top Ten Choral Songs-LIVE!

CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE TO PERFORM LISTENER-SELECTED TOP TEN CHORAL SONGS — LIVE! Local choral ensemble and MPR countdown top choral works in Listeners’ Choice Live concert—Apr. 22 and Apr. 24  MINNEAPOLIS — April 6, 2016—Aaron Copland’s “Simple Gifts,” Randall Thompson’s “Alleluia,” John Rutter’s “What Sweeter Music?” Which will make the nation’s ultimate choral…  Read More

Be In “Musical Bliss” at Listeners’ Choice LIVE

You voted, and now VocalEssence and Classical MPR are preparing to reveal the listeners’ choice top 25 choral countdown. Whether you are a soprano, alto, tenor or bass, the VocalEssence Listeners’ Choice LIVE performances this April will wrap you in one big choral blanket of warmth. Our singers cannot hold in their excitement: “Both I…  Read More

VocalEssence WITNESS: Morehouse College Glee Club a HUGE Success! VocalEssence WITNESS: Morehouse College Glee Club engaged more than 8,000 people in less than a week, thanks to many people in our community (you know who you are!) You are an inspiration to us all. Thank you.