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VocalEssence Fast Facts

About VocalEssence Founded in 1969, as a music outreach program of Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis Incorporated as an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1979 Annual Budget: $2 million Endowment/Artistic Advancement Fund: $6 million (established 1987) STAFF 10 full-time, 2 part-time, 3 contractors Executive Director: Mary Ann Aufderheide Artistic Director and Founder: Philip Brunelle Associate…

Charles Wood | 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 Charles Wood. Charles Wood 1866-1926 Charles Wood was an Irish composer and teacher primarily remembered and performed as an Anglican church music composer. Wood received his early education at the Cathedral Choir School in Dublin…  Read More

T. Tertius Noble | 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 T. Tertius Noble.   T. Tertius Noble 1867-1953 Organist and composer Thomas Tertius Noble is better known today as a composer, although in his time he achieved greater eminence as a performing artist. Trained first…  Read More

Winter Classic between Wild, Blues to celebrate ‘State of Hockey’

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL December 16, 2021 U.S. women’s Olympic team will be named; eight pond hockey rinks part of outdoor game NEW YORK — Minnesota’s exalted status as the ‘State of Hockey’ will be the centerpiece of the revelry surrounding the 2022 Discover NHL Winter Classic®, the sold-out New Year’s Day outdoor matchup between…  Read More

Join the Board

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 2022-23 Budget VocalEssence in the Community Mission, Vision, Values, adopted in 2022…

Welcome Friends!

Hear carols from around the world, featuring the joyous sounds of more than 200 voices, brass and percussion, Northrop’s pipe organ, and a rousing sing-along sure to ignite your holiday spirit!

Violin in front of sheet music with pine, red berries, and red ornaments

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

Our Friday best: James Sewell Ballet, Rodrigo y Gabriela, ‘Kosher Grocers’ and more

By Star Tribune staff Star Tribune | OCTOBER 14, 2021 Critics’ picks for Twin Cities entertainment this weekend and beyond. Photographer: Jim Mimna Rodrigo y Gabriela James Sewell Ballet JSB’s 30th anniversary tour was cut short last year, but the celebration is back with bells on. A program this weekend highlights favorite works from…  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

VocalEssence COVID Protocols

Updated 10/5/2022 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. These protocols are subject to change based on changing conditions and will be…

VocalEssence Announces Concerts for “Music Moves Us,” 2021-2022 Season

CONTACT:  Jennifer Weismann  612-716-0556   VOCALESSENCE ANNOUNCES CONCERTS FOR “MUSIC MOVES US,” 2021-2022 SEASON  MN Choral Ensemble returns to in-person performances,  while offering additional option of streaming concerts      MINNEAPOLIS—July 31, 2021—VocalEssence, one of the world’s premier choral music organizations, announces its 2021-2022 concert season, themed “Music Moves Us.” In person concerts will resume, with VocalEssence singers delighted to perform in front of live audiences…  Read More

English Transcription of Interview with Carolina (Marañon) Gustafson

Gustavo: Welcome to episode number 2 of the VocalEssence and Friends series. It is with great honor that VocalEssence and me introduce you to the great choral musical organization of the Twin Cities called VocalEssence. VE is extending this invitation to all our LatinX families here in the Twin Cities. We spoke a few days…

Meet Carolina Gustafson and Learn More about VocalEssence! | ¡Conozca Carolina Gustafson y aprende más sobre VocalEssence!

En Español   ¡Saludos y Feliz Verano de VocalEssence! ¡Esperamos que haya tomado unos minutos para crear el usuario y contraseña para su suscripción gratuita para nuestro sitio web de VocalEssence On-Demand.  En esta edición de VocalEssence y Amigos, presentamos una conversación de entrevista con una invitada muy especial que quiere compartir más con usted…  Read More

English Transcription of Interview with Novelli Jurado

Gustavo: Friends from the twin cities of and the state of Minnesota. Gustavo Mancilla here and it is with great pleasure to be with you with. This is a special interview in which we have the pleasure to have with us a musician, a local talent based in the twin cities directly from Mexico City,…