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Frozen Movie Sing-Along Questions Answered

Thank you to the 69 people who took the Frozen Movie Sing-Along Survey. This is our first family movie event, and we appreciate you taking the time to give us feedback. 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. 43%…  Read More

VocalEssence to present ‘Witness’ times two; Joffrey Ballet to perform ‘Anna Karenina’

By Pamela Espeland MinnPost FEBRUARY 28, 2019 — 08:24AM https://www.minnpost.com/artscape/2019/02/vocalessence-to-present-witness-times-two-joffrey-ballet-to-perform-anna-karenina/   VocalEssence was born in 1969 as the Plymouth Church Music Series. Just another concert series at a local church, founded by an ambitious, tireless and hypercreative choir director and organist named Philip Brunelle. In 2002, the Plymouth Music Series became VocalEssence. Today, Brunelle and his singers are…  Read More

Connecting with New Audiences – Spanish Speaking Families

As a direct response to the Listening Zone Initiative recommendation to partner in new ways with specific cultural communities, we are working with local partners to encourage Spanish speaking families to attend our Family Series events this season. We have hired Gustavo Mancilla of MLatino Media to assist with strategy and translation services to get…  Read More

10 best concerts to mark the holidays in choir-crazed Minnesota

By Terry Blain | Special to the Star Tribune November 30, 2018 — 2:52PM: http://www.startribune.com/10-best-concerts-to-mark-the-holidays-in-choir-crazed-minnesota/501646651/ With so many Minnesota choirs, it can be difficult selecting the perfect concert. Here are 10 great options for the holidays. Minnesota is known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but music lovers have floated a new state motto: Land of 10,000…  Read More

Review: VocalEssence’s ‘Welcome Christmas’ best when ringing in the new

  By Rob Hubbard | Special to the Pioneer Press December 2, 2018—4:30PM | UPDATED: December 2, 2018—4:43PM: https://www.twincities.com/2018/12/02/review-vocalessences-welcome-christmas-best-when-ringing-in-the-new/ It never gets old. Such could be said of the repertoire at VocalEssence’s annual “Welcome Christmas” concerts. If you want to hear a choir singing familiar carols at this time of year, you’d best look elsewhere, for this Minneapolis-based choral…  Read More

Holidays have plenty of sweets — sweet vocal harmonies, that is

By Rob Hubbard November 24, 2018—9:00AM | UPDATED: November 28, 2018—12:28PM: https://www.twincities.com/2018/11/24/holidays-have-plenty-of-sweets-sweet-vocal-harmonies-that-is/ If Yuletide carols being sung by a choir sounds like your ideal holiday elixir, then this is the December for you in the Twin Cities. Vocal harmonies abound, as all of our best groups have their own concerts … and a couple of them hook up…  Read More

Readers Write: VocalEssence in Mexico

SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 — 5:40PM http://www.startribune.com/readers-write-vocalessence-in-mexico/493346251/ Recently, it was the privilege of the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers to be invited to Mexico City as guests of the Symphonic Orchestra of Minería and the National University of Mexico funded by Fomento Educacional. The 30 professional Minnesota singers joined forces with 30 professional Mexican singers for a week…  Read More

VocalEssence Fills an Entire Cathedral…with Song!

High Resolution photos can be downloaded from our website: https://www.vocalessence.org/press-room/50th-season-press-photos/ CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 Jennifer@owl-marketing.com VOCALESSENCE FILLS AN ENTIRE CATHEDRAL…WITH SONG! Minneapolis-based choral ensemble will join forces with The St. Olaf Choir the Cathedral of Saint Paul to present a concert on October 28, from 2-4 p.m.  MINNEAPOLIS — August 1, 2018 — The VocalEssence Chorus…  Read More

Tales & Tunes 2019

Tickets are off sale online, but walk up sales will be available on Saturday, March 30 starting at 9 am. Two Performances: Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 9:30-10:30 AM Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 11:30 AM-12:30 PM Guild Hall, Plymouth Congregational Church 1919 LaSalle Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55403 Members of the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and…  Read More

VocalEssence serves up fresh Christmas music by Minnesota composers

By Terry Blain Special to the Star Tribune DECEMBER 5, 2017 — 11:12 AM http://www.startribune.com/vocalessence-serves-up-fresh-christmas-music-by-minnesota-composers/462093203/   Musically speaking, Christmas can be an excuse for endless stuck-in-a-loop recycling. Concerts are packed with carols we’ve heard hundreds of times before, served up as comfort listening for a frantic holiday season. I love those old songs, too. And yet…  Read More

VocalEssence Singers Of This Age

VocalEssence Singers Of This Age is a dynamic group of 50 young people from Twin Cities high schools who sing, dance, write their own music, rap, and—most importantly—reflect the diversity of our community in its membership. Under the visionary leadership of G. Phillip Shoultz, III, the students sing a wide range of music—from classical to…  Read More

VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! Composers Highlight Mexico through Video, Creation

The 10th Anniversary VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! composers are here! Bernardo Feldman and Jimena Contreras have been working with schools all over the metro and falling in love with the Twin Cities in the process. Below are a few highlights from their visit.   Jimena created a set of videos that gave the elementary students a tour…  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

VocalEssence Hires Jeffrey Bina as Director of Finance and Operations

Nonprofit choral performance and community engagement organization VocalEssence has hired Jeffrey Bina as its new Director of Finance and Operations. Bina joins the organization from Twin Cities-based men’s vocal ensemble Cantus, where he served as Operations and Finance Manager. At Cantus, he directed the logistical aspects of its local concert season, overseeing everything from venue…  Read More