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John Joubert | 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 John Joubert. John Joubert 1927-2019 Born in Cape Town in 1927, John Joubert’s compositional career stretched over 70 years. His schooling took place at an Anglican foundation run on the lines of an English public…  Read More

Hans Leo Hassler | 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 Hans Leo Hassler. Hans Leo Hassler 1564-1612 Hans Leo Hassler was a German composer and organist of the late Renaissance and early Baroque eras. Hassler was born in Nuremberg, receiving his first instruction in music…  Read More

Dan Locklair | 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 Dan Locklair. Dan Locklair b. 1949 Dan Locklair is an American composer whose prolific output includes symphonic works, a ballet, an opera, and numerous solo, chamber, vocal, and choral compositions. He holds a Master of…  Read More

Larry Farrow | 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 Larry Farrow. Larry Farrow b. Larry Farrow is an American composer, arranger, producer, conductor and keyboardist, clinician, and teacher known for his compositions rooted in the southern gospel tradition. He began taking lessons on the…  Read More

Harold Friedell | 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 Harold Friedell. Harold Friedell 1905-1958 Harold Friedell was an American organist, educator, and composer of a large number of choral anthems and solo organ pieces. Born in Jamaica, New York he became the organist of…  Read More

Edward Barnes | 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 Edward Barnes. Edward Barnes b. 1958 Edward Barnes is a renowned composer, Broadway producer, and public speaker. Barnes studied music composition at the Juilliard School with composers Vincent Persichetti and David Diamond, and at Dartington…  Read More

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

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL December 16, 2021 https://www.nhl.com/news/2022-winter-classic-to-celebrate-state-of-hockey/c-329066106 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

Welcome Friends!

Lucky you! You must have met one of the many VocalEssence fans who wants to share the magic with you. VocalEssence is a singing organization that 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. to transform lives by…

VocalEssence Welcomes Seven New Board Members

This fall, VocalEssence welcomed seven new members to our board of directors. We are thrilled to introduce you to our new directors! Cassie Garnett, Senior Director of Human Resources at Ecolab. Garnett drives strategic talent initiatives for the global function of more than 1,200 employees in areas of development, diversity, organizational design and employee relations.…  Read More

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Live Dancing and Singing—Sublime!

Watch as Philip Brunelle and Lise Houlton, Artistic Director of Minnesota Dance Theatre, discuss the partnership between Minnesota Dance Theatre and VocalEssence. Philip asks what it is like to dance to live singing, to which Lise responds, “Sublime.” Lise and Philip talk about how the dancers create a physical representation of Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms,”…  Read More

Hope Lives Here Choreographers and Featured Composer

Alexander Hille, choreographer Alexander Hille received his dance education in New York at Juilliard School and with the Netherlands Dance Theatre. He danced in Austin McCormick’s Company XIV, in Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal under Louis Robitaille, in Les Grands Ballets Canadiens with Ivan Cavallari and lastly in the Ensembles Les 7 Doigts de la…

VOCALESSENCE ELECTS SEVEN NEW MEMBERS TO ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    Contact:  Jennifer Weismann   612-716-0556   Jennifer@owl-marketing.com     VOCALESSENCE ELECTS SEVEN NEW MEMBERS TO ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS  Award-winning nonprofit organization adds members of Twin Cities business, arts, and education communities to its Board of Directors to serve as ambassadors and guides  MINNEAPOLIS—September 14, 2021—VocalEssence, the award-winning choral organization known for both the artistic…  Read More

2021 Fall Arts: Classical music has opera outdoors, a Chopin champ and Vanska’s final season

By SHEILA REGAN Special to the Pioneer Press | September 9, 2021 https://www.twincities.com/2021/09/09/2021-fall-arts-classical-music-has-opera-outdoors-a-chopin-champ-and-vanskas-final-season/  Get your vaccine card and your mask ready as we head to the fall performing arts season. Most of the main performing venues— including concerts at Orchestra Hall and the Ordway require vaccinations and/or a negative test, as well as require visitors to wear…  Read More

VocalEssence Singers Of This Age Interview Video Instructions

Use your cell phone, iPad, or computer webcam to record a short video. The entire length your video should be 3-4 minutes long. No longer than 4 mins, please!  Please follow the instructions below:  1. Clearly tell us your name and age. Example: “Hello, my name is ___________________ and I am ___________ years old.” 2. Tell…