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What sweeter music: A Rutter premiere

VocalEssence uses its connections to get the U.S. premiere of a new John Rutter carol. Philip Brunelle’s connections frequently pay off for Twin Cities audiences. Brunelle’s old buddy John Rutter had written a new Christmas carol for an English audience. In a phone conversation, Brunelle suggested that VocalEssence give the piece its U.S. premiere. “I…  Read More

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The Mendelssohns Digital Concert Program

FEATURING: VocalEssence Chorus VocalEssence Ensemble Singers VocalEssence Singers Of This Age Nicholas Chalmers, tenor Maria Jette, soprano High School Festival Choir featuring singers from: Albert Lea High School, Diane Heaney, director Robbinsdale-Armstrong High School, Stephanie Trump & Corey Cellurale, directors St . Michael Albertville High School, Joe Osowski & Paige Armstrong, directors Mary Jo Gothmann,…

24 Favorite Book, Movies and Songs that Depict Queen Elizabeth II

by Laurie Hertzel, Chris Hewitt, Chris Riemenschneider and Rob Hubbard Star Tribune | September 09, 2022 https://m.startribune.com/a-lasting-insight-to-queen-elizabeth-ii/600205208/?clmob=y&c=n&clmob=y&c=n Most Minnesotans never got the chance to even catch a glimpse of the late Queen Elizabeth II. But we have come to know her, in a way, through the movies, TV shows, songs and books about her and inspired…  Read More

VOCALESSENCE ‘WELCOME CHRISTMAS’ CONCERT MOVES TO NORTHROP, FILLING A BIGGER VENUE WITH A GIANT BLAST OF HOLIDAY JOY 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 Jennifer@owl-marketing.com   VOCALESSENCE ‘WELCOME CHRISTMAS’ CONCERT MOVES TO NORTHROP, FILLING A BIGGER VENUE WITH A GIANT BLAST OF HOLIDAY JOY  For the First Time, All VocalEssence Ensembles Join Together on One Stage–Dec. 10 & 11  MINNEAPOLIS—August 23, 2022—It’s a beloved annual holiday tradition for many, and this year,…  Read More

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Change Sings

Two Performances Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 2 PM Capri Theater 2027 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 4:30 PM Capri Theater 2027 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN Inspired by the work of Presidential inaugural poet, Amanda Gorman, Change Sings invites each of us to see ourselves as changemakers. Through singing, movement, spoken…

VocalEssence Chorus members holding black folders and singing with a Christmas tree decorated with lights and blue ornaments in the background

Welcome Christmas 2022

Two Performances Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 7:30 PM Northrop 84 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 4 PM Northrop 84 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN VocalEssence is pulling out all the stops to ring in the season of wonder. Hear beloved carols you know and love featuring the joyous sounds of brass…

VocalEssence Chorus members holding black folders and singing with a Christmas tree decorated with lights and blue ornaments in the background

CONCERT: Welcome Christmas 2022, Minneapolis 4 PM

Dec 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

VocalEssence is pulling out all the stops to ring in the season of wonder. Hear beloved carols you know and love featuring the joyous sounds of brass and percussion, the spectacular Northrop pipe organ, and—for the first time—all the VocalEssence singing forces together in concert. Bring your outdoor voice and join in a sing-along that…

VocalEssence Chorus members holding black folders and singing with a Christmas tree decorated with lights and blue ornaments in the background

CONCERT: Welcome Christmas 2022, Minneapolis 7:30 PM

Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

VocalEssence is pulling out all the stops to ring in the season of wonder. Hear beloved carols you know and love featuring the joyous sounds of brass and percussion, the spectacular Northrop pipe organ, and—for the first time—all the VocalEssence singing forces together in concert. Bring your outdoor voice and join in a sing-along that…

A Ukrainian Prayer

There are times where it is difficult to know how to respond to tragedy. On the evening of Ash Wednesday, composer John Rutter heard Valentin Silvestrov’s choral setting of the following text, “Good Lord, protect Ukraine. Give her strength, courage, faith, hope. Amen.” He decided to use his talents to compose his own setting of…  Read More

EVENT: Music Lives Here, Preparing for Re-Entry Part 1

Nov 29 @ 2:51 pm

Join us on Thursday to see a online rehearsal demonstration to prepare you for upcoming rehearsals this fall. Zoom Information https://stolaf.zoom.us/j/98077756921?pwd=ek9wTFRMbFFQZmxxU215ZzRHYXQ0Zz09 Meeting ID: 980 7775 6921 Password: musiclives Dial by your location +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) Background A day of new possibilities began on Monday, May 11 as representatives from ACDA-MN (Diane Heaney,…  Read More

VocalEssence On Instagram Archive – April 2020

Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle – April 30, 2020 – Ian Kellam Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle – April 29, 2020 – Oliver Messiaen     Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle – April 28, 2020 – John Gardner VocalEssence & Nation – “Hands” 4/27/2019 Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle – April 27, 2020 – Gabriel…  Read More

Paul Manz

Paul Manz | 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 Paul Manz. Paul Manz 1919-2009 Composer and organist Paul Manz is known for his widely-admired motet “E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come” and for the hymn festivals he organized and led. Manz attended Concordia River…  Read More

VocalEssence on Instagram

Ysaÿe M. Barnwell | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle – August 7, 2020 – Moses Hogan André Thomas | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle Steve Heitzeg | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle Randall Davidson | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle   Timothy Takach | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle Dominick…  Read More

Where in the World are the Conductors – June 2019

Artistic Director Philip Brunelle just returned from England meeting with John Rutter, Sir Stephen Cleobury (just knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours), Simon Halsey and Katie Rowan—the person helping us with the U.S. premiere in October of Ina Boyle’s music. He and his wife Carolyn also enjoyed a week’s vacation in Wales and on the…  Read More