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How Philip Brunelle Became the Twin Cities’ Song Leader

Philip Brunelle has been the song leader of the Twin Cities for 50 years. But how he got there? It wasn’t all a joyful song. by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl June 18, 2018: Philip Brunelle is 75 years old and an international icon in choir circles, and if you follow him around on a typical Tuesday night…  Read More

Together We Sing Festival

Each season VocalEssence hosts a festival created by you for you to connect, sing, and give back to the community. Join us for Together We Sing Festival 2020 at the Minnesota History Center on Saturday, January 18, 2020. Learn more and register here.

The Voyage Connects Young and Old Through Singing

This fall VocalEssence hosts the U.S. premiere of The Voyage, a new piece by former King’s Singer and British composer Bob Chilcott, that connects singers across generations through music. Joining the VocalEssence Chorus will be singers from Minnesota Chorale’s Minneapolis Youth Chorus and Voices of Experience. Watch the video above produced for the premiere performance…  Read More

Star Tribune: VocalEssence and the Singers offer winning Christmas concerts

Review: VocalEssence and the Singers bring new work and traditional carols as highlights of the Christmas choral season   By WILLIAM RANDALL BEARD, Special to the Star Tribune Updated: December 8, 2014 – 9:00 PM The highlight of this holiday season’s choral concerts will likely be “A Light in the Stable,” by English composer Alan Bullard, written…  Read More

The Songs We Sang — Favorite American Folksongs

Clarion CLR932CD Reflecting our shared American heritage like a patchwork quilt, this is a charming collection of folksongs performed by conductor Philip Brunelle and the 32-voice VocalEssence Ensemble Singers with guitar, harmonica, accordion, bass and piano. Classic arrangements by the likes of Norman Luboff, Alice Parker and Robert Shaw capture each folksong’s unique appeal.

VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! Teacher Resources

To complement the VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! composer residencies, VocalEssence has developed the ¡Cantaré! Teacher Resource Guide and Companion Audio Files for teachers to use as a springboard for integration into the school curriculum prior to and after the residencies. It includes: Background information, lesson ideas and audio examples of high-quality Mexican folk and choral music Activities that will…  Read More

Annual Report

These annual reports describe the many ways VocalEssence is impacting the community through song. Click the button below to see the 2021-2022 Annual Report as well as some of the most recent reports for VocalEssence. 2021-2022 Annual Report 2018-2019 Annual Report (PDF) 2017-2018 Annual Report (PDF) 2016-2017 Annual Report (PDF) 2015-2016 Annual Report (PDF) 2014-2015…  Read More