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New VocalEssence Vintage Voices brings the power of singing to seniors

Older adults are pursuing active lives, and VocalEssence is gladly adding to their options with the launch of VocalEssence Vintage Voices—an exciting choral program that integrates the arts into the everyday lives of older adults by fostering the creation of choirs in assisted living facilities and senior centers. With funding from the Minnesota State Arts…  Read More

Welcome Christmas is alight with premieres, Nordic theme

CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 Jennifer@owl-marketing.com A WINTER WELCOME ‘JUL’ LOVE! VocalEssence celebrates the holidays with Nordic traditions, plus new cantata and carols MINNEAPOLIS — November 12, 2014 — ’Tis the season for lutefisk, glögg, rødgrød med fløde and Welcome Christmas 2014 — the beloved annual concert series presented by Minneapolisbased choral ensemble VocalEssence. Get into the holiday spirit…  Read More

Singer Resources

Upcoming Dates:   Happy Summer! AUDITIONS Auditions are now closed for the spring. We will have auditions again in the fall before the season begins. If you were unable to schedule an audition please contact audition@vocalessence.org. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any additional questions or concerns regarding the audition process. Lost &…  Read More

VocalEssence WITNESS

VocalEssence WITNESS is one of the nation’s premier initiatives celebrating the contributions of African Americans to our shared American heritage through concerts, recordings and comprehensive educational programs. Please visit the VocalEssence WITNESS Program History page to learn more about the background and inspiration behind the program. VocalEssence WITNESS School Program offers online workshops with experienced Teaching…  Read More

Philip Brunelle

Artistic Director and Founder phone 612-547-1451 fax 612-547-1484 philip@vocalessence.org Philip Brunelle, artistic director and founder of VocalEssence, is an internationally renowned conductor, choral scholar and visionary. He has made his lifelong mission the promotion of the choral art in all its forms, especially rarely heard works of the past and outstanding new music. Under his…  Read More

Annual Report

These annual reports describe the many ways VocalEssence is impacting the community through song. Click below to see some of the most recent reports for VocalEssence. View and download the 2018-2019 Annual Report below.   2017-2018 Annual Report (PDF) 2016-2017 Annual Report (PDF) 2015-2016 Annual Report (PDF) 2014-2015 Annual Report (PDF) 2013-2014 Annual Report (PDF)…  Read More

Pioneer Press: VocalEssence has guests Shelby, Dessa and Sounds of Blackness

  Longtime WCCO-TV news anchor Don Shelby, Grammy-winning ensemble Sounds of Blackness and budding hip-hop star Dessa are among the special guests set for VocalEssence’s newly announced 46th season. “Music is a living art, and this year we’re going to not only explore legendary musical styles and pieces — the people, places and things that…  Read More