Press Release

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

Jennifer Weismann


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 teaming up to provide families with the ultimate Saturday movie experience: two sing-along screenings of the hit movie Moana on February 1, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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Children are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Moana characters and show off their creative outfits! How far will you go? They will be guided in a craft project, which they can take home as a keepsake; voyage into the castle for Moana treasures to win prizes; and sing with members of the VocalEssence youth choir, Singers Of This Age. The event is best enjoyed by children 4 to 10 years old, although everyone is welcome.

There will be two performances of the Moana Movie Sing-Along on Saturday, February 1; the first starts at 10:00 am and ends at noon, the second starts at 1:00 pm and ends at 3:00 pm. Moana Sing-Along takes place in Larson Hall at The American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis. Tickets are free for children under 18 years old, and $15 for adults. They are available via the online box office and as part of a 2019-20 Family Series Subscription. Call 612-371-5656 for more information on ticket purchases.

“Singing together is so much fun—at VocalEssence, we want to hear voices of every age joining in song!” said G. Phillip Shoultz, III, VocalEssence associate conductor. “Events in our Family Series programming are a wonderful way to connect with children as they effortlessly, naturally take those first steps as singers. Just like Moana, they are discovering their own voices. With the help of our high school-aged artists from VocalEssence Singers Of This Age, we’ll sing and make friends with other fans of this modern classic and its unforgettable songs.”

VocalEssence, called “one of the irreplaceable music ensembles of our time” by Dana Gioia, past chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, impacts thousands of students, singers, and composers each year through its initiative programs, contests, and support for innovative art. VocalEssence was founded in 1969 and has debuted more than 300 commissions and 500 world premieres. For more information, visit