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COVID-19 Updates

We want to update you on our plans as they evolve during this global pandemic. First of all, we hope you are safe and find ways to make the best of this pause that we are experiencing. VocalEssence plans to release ways for you to continue to sing with us during this sobering time. Stay…  Read More

COVID-19 Updates

With concerns around COVID-19 on the rise, we wanted to personally share a few updates with you as a valued member of our organization. As per the recommendation from Governor Walz as well as a desire to ensure the health and safety of all our performers and patrons, we have made the difficult decision to suspend…  Read More

Celebrate MLK Weekend with VESOTA

Come and celebrate the incredible legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with our radically diverse youth choir VocalEssence Singers Of This Age (VESOTA). See below for more information. Together We Sing Festival Date/Time: Saturday, January 18,2020 from 1:30-5 PM Location: Minnesota History Center, Saint Paul Cost: Free, but registration required More Information:…  Read More

‘All Is Calm’ is filmed for PBS; ‘Dog Act’ at Gremlin Theatre

By Pamela Espeland | MinnPost PUBLISHED: December 13, 2019 Photo by Joseph Scheller Theater Latté Da spent part of this week with a film crew from New York Public Media (WNET). They were there to film Peter Rothstein’s award-winning “All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914” for national broadcast on PBS in 2020. For three days,…  Read More

A hot debut and a Bach alternative to ‘Messiah’: The week’s best classical concerts

By Terry Blain | Star Tribune Published: December 1, 2019 — 2:00PM Alt-Bach Christmas inevitably means “Messiah,” and this week’s Minnesota Orchestra performances will please those who like an annual dose of Handel’s masterpiece. For a refreshing alternative, why not try Bach’s Christmas Oratorio? It covers many of the same biblical events, and the…  Read More

Privacy Policy

PRIVACY NOTICE Last updated September 18, 2020 Thank you for choosing to be part of our community at VocalEssence (“Company“, “we“, “us“, “our“). We are committed to protecting your personal information and your right to privacy. If you have any questions or concerns about this privacy notice, or our practices with regards to your personal information, please contact…  Read More

Fans of “Moana” Can Take a Tropical Winter Break with VocalEssence for Costumed Sing-Along Fun!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 FANS OF “MOANA” CAN TAKE A TROPICAL WINTER BREAK WITH VOCALESSENCE FOR COSTUMED SING-ALONG FUN! The VocalEssence youth choir—Singers Of This Age—will lead sing-along movie screening of the hit Disney film at the American Swedish Institute—Feb. 1     MINNEAPOLIS—October 21, 2019—The American Swedish Institute and VocalEssence are…  Read More

Beethoven meets poet Rita Dove: The week’s best classical concerts

By Terry Blain | Star Tribune Published: OCTOBER 6, 2019 — 2:00PM Beethoven with a side of poetry “Sonata for a crazy mulatto.” The dedication Beethoven wrote on the score of his towering “Kreutzer” Sonata was presumably meant affectionately, but would not play well today. The dedicatee in question was George Bridgetower, an Afro-European…  Read More

VocalEssence Gala 2020 Sponsors

Sponsoring the VocalEssence Gala 2020 has many advantages: Visibility to audience of more than 600 prominent business and community leaders Opportunity to support and partner with VocalEssence, an organization with decades of experience presenting concerts and education programs that engage, inspire, and entertain more than 30,000 people of all ages annually Brand equity in THE…  Read More

Fall Arts 2019: Minnesota’s Must-See Autumn Shows

By Katie Ballalatak, Kyra Bowar, Kait Ecker, Reed Fischer, Jonah Harrison, Lianna Matt McLernon, Aidan O’Driscoll and Erik Tormoen | Minnesota Monthly August 27, 2019: Your guide to art, theater, dance, comedy, and music events in MN, September through December MusiC Sheer Mag September 8 | Turf Club, St. Paul The energetic Philadelphia power-pop quartet, led by tough-as-nails frontwoman Tina Halladay, is on…  Read More

Where in the World are the Conductors – September 2019

Returning from a VERY successful series of 4 concerts in Mexico City with the Ensemble Singers, Philip Brunelle immediately plunged into rehearsals for his 51st VocalEssence season as well as planning a number of special events for the fall and winter (with lots of meetings!).  Following the opening Retreat rehearsal the Ensemble Singers presented a…  Read More

VocalEssence Ensemble Singers to Present a Homecoming Concert

The VocalEssence Ensemble Singers under the direction of Philip Brunelle will present a Homecoming Concert featuring music from their Mexico tour on Saturday, September 7, at 7 PM at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Prior Lake. The concert is free of charge, but a free-will offering will be taken at the event. VocalEssence…  Read More

VocalEssence Ensemble Singers Summer Mexico Tour Press Photos

The Oxford Times (UK) has declared that the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers “have a blend that could—and should—be the envy of every choir in the business.” Founded in 1991, the Ensemble Singers are acclaimed for their “superbly blended sound” (Birmingham Post, UK) and “exemplary technique” (Minneapolis Star Tribune). Lauded by the Times of London as “polished, bright and brilliantly balanced,” this…  Read More


Two Performances: Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 4-5:30 PM Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 7-8:30 PM Summit Center for Arts & Innovation 1524 Summit Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55105 PERFORMERS VocalEssence Ensemble Singers Ruggero Allifranchini, violin Philip Brunelle, conductor Soak in the intimate beauty of the human voice in this unique chamber performance exploring the relationship between the human…  Read More