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VocalEssence 50th Season Annual Meeting

What a year! After a successful 50th season, we took a moment to pause and reflect on our accomplishments with those near and dear to us. On May 9, 2019, 80 people representing a broad slice of the VocalEssence community—members of our board, staff, choirs, donors, patrons, volunteers, and advisory councils—came together to share in the…  Read More

Calling All Clappers, Stompers, And Snow Angel-Makers! Sing & Craft with VocalEssence at Holiday Family Event-“Winter Wonder”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 CALLING ALL CLAPPERS, STOMPERS, AND SNOW ANGEL-MAKERS! SING & CRAFT WITH VOCALESSENCE AT HOLIDAY FAMILY EVENT — “WINTER WONDER” The holiday show returns to Mia with a new name and more times!—Dec. 14 MINNEAPOLIS— June 26, 2019—VocalEssence is so eager to share the joy of holiday singing…  Read More

Yellow Tree, Lyric Arts, Artistry: 2019-20 lineups

By Pamela Espeland | MinnPost April 24, 2019: Photo by Guy Magno A scene from a previous production of “Another Miracle on Christmas Lake.” Take a break from downtown parking woes … in both cities. Good theater happens in places that have ample free parking just outside the door. Three robust theater companies have recently…  Read More

The week’s five best Twin Cities classical concerts

by Terry Blain | Star Tribune April 21, 2019 — 2:00PM: Ireland’s best The Palestrina Choir was formed in Dublin, Ireland, in the 1890s, with a home base at St. Mary’s pro-Cathedral. Part of a Midwest tour, the choir’s St. Paul date is definitely a must-see for choir lovers. (7:30 p.m. Wed., Cathedral of…  Read More

VocalEssence music program comes to Westview Elementary

By: Patty Dexter | SUN Thisweek Published: April 11, 2019 Two local musicians visited Westview Elementary School in Apple Valley on April 4 as part of the school’s participation in VocalEssence’s Witness program. VocalEssence is a Minnesota arts organization that “uses the power of choral music to enhance our community by producing innovative vocal…  Read More

Weekend Best Bets: March 22-24

This weekend around the Twin Cities: Waffle Day, classic musicals, more By Erik Tormoen | Minnesota Monthly March 21, 2019 Candide at the Cowles What: Candide When: March 21-24, various showtimes Where: Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis It’s Leonard Bernstein’s other musical: a Broadway-bedazzled operetta, goofier than West Side, with less snapping but a…  Read More

Twin Cities team tries to ‘fix’ Leonard Bernstein’s biggest flop

By Terry Blain | Special to the Star Tribune MARCH 17, 2019 — 11:11AM: Theater Latté Da doubles up with VocalEssence to rethink a confounding musical theater work. Photo: Allen Weeks After opening on Broadway in 1956, Leonard Bernstein’s operetta “Candide” ran for a paltry 73 performances. That’s a disaster in terms of music theater.…  Read More

Frozen Movie Sing-Along Questions Answered

Thank you to the 69 people who took the Frozen Movie Sing-Along Survey. This is our first family movie event, and we appreciate you taking the time to give us feedback. The VocalEssence staff analyzes the results and uses the information to plan for better performances in the future. Below is a summary of the results. 43%…  Read More

VocalEssence to present ‘Witness’ times two; Joffrey Ballet to perform ‘Anna Karenina’

By Pamela Espeland MinnPost FEBRUARY 28, 2019 — 08:24AM   VocalEssence was born in 1969 as the Plymouth Church Music Series. Just another concert series at a local church, founded by an ambitious, tireless and hypercreative choir director and organist named Philip Brunelle. In 2002, the Plymouth Music Series became VocalEssence. Today, Brunelle and his singers are…  Read More

Where in the World are the Conductors – February 2019

Both Artistic Director and Founder Philip Brunelle and Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III will be attending the national convention of ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) in Kansas City the last days of February. It is an important time for them to connect with colleagues and also to attend the premiere of Dr. André Thomas’…  Read More

Winter Wonder 2019

Three Performances Saturday, December 14, 2019 Crafts: 9-9:30 AM, Concert: 9:30-10:15 AM Crafts: 11-11:30 AM, Concert: 11:30 AM-12:15 PM Crafts: 1-1:30 PM, Concert: 1:30-2:15 PM Reception Hall, Minneapolis Institute of Art 2400 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404 Deck the hall with VocalEssence at this hands-on holiday event. Clap, wiggle, and sing along to your favorite holiday classics, and try…  Read More


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 PERFORMANCES ANNOUNCED FOR VOCALESSENCE 2019-2020 SEASON  Choral and community-building organization celebrates 30 years of VocalEssence WITNESS, honoring the contributions of African Americans to the arts             MINNEAPOLIS — February 25, 2020—Heading into its second half-century stronger than ever, VocalEssence is ready to reveal the program for its…  Read More

Welcome Christmas 2018 Questions Answered

Thank you to the 275 people who took the Welcome Christmas 2018 Survey. The VocalEssence staff analyzes the results and uses the information to plan for better performances in the future. Below is a summary of the results. 23% of attendees were attending their very first VocalEssence concert, and 32% of respondents attended VocalEssence concerts…  Read More

Best of the Week: City of Lakes Loppet, Dorothy, Kurosawa, ‘Frozen’ singalong

Christy DeSmith | Star Tribune JANUARY 25, 2019 — 11:36PM Looking for a fun outing with your Elsa-crazed preschooler? VocalEssence hosts a trio of “Frozen Movie Sing-Along” events on Saturday, led by the group’s sparkling choristers. Screenings take place at the American Swedish Institute, which — let’s be honest — parents could easily pass off…  Read More

Connecting with New Audiences – Spanish Speaking Families

As a direct response to the Listening Zone Initiative recommendation to partner in new ways with specific cultural communities, we are working with local partners to encourage Spanish speaking families to attend our Family Series events this season. We have hired Gustavo Mancilla of MLatino Media to assist with strategy and translation services to get…  Read More