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Spend Christmas Eve with VocalEssence

This Christmas Eve, gather the family (in person and virtually) for a LIVE sing-along and a broadcast of Welcome Christmas.   CHRISTMAS EVE LIVE STREAM Thursday, December 24th at 6:30 PM CST Join Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III for a LIVE Christmas Eve edition of Take 5 with GPS. Usher in the magic by…  Read More

How do you measure a year?

“The two of us watched your musical moments together each day and they truly were the highlight of his day.” —Tracy Rode, Jack Cole’s daughter Jack and Ann Cole were treasured by so many, including VocalEssence. We are humbled to know that Philip Brunelle’s Musical Moments were such a comfort to Jack in his last…  Read More

New Milestone for FREE Subscriptions

“I am so excited to watch this. Thank you to your entire team for bringing this to our world. As a choir director (middle school and high school), I am facing constant challenges of how to keep my 150 students engaged, motivated, and inspired. Thank you!”  —Melanie Brink, music teacher in the Middle East region of Muscat, Oman  We are so excited…  Read More

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

Nov 29 @ 4:14 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

Weekend Best Bets: June 18-21

This weekend: Juneteenth celebrations, online Midsommar festival, Electric Fetus sale, Father’s Day Motor Show, and more By Tally Shaver | Minnesota Monthly Published: JUNE 17, 2020 https://www.minnesotamonthly.com/health-covid-19/culture-2/weekend-best-bets-june-18-21/ Melanie DeMore, a song leader for Sunday’s Father’s Day SingalongKYNDELL HARKNESS Minnesota Arboretum Hosts Weekly Storytime & Crafts What: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Storytime & Crafts at Home When: Every…  Read More

Sponsor a Seat for just $25

Who is your inspiration? On February 24, 3,462 students from 34 schools will hear our radically diverse youth choir VocalEssence Singers Of This Age at the WITNESS Young People’s Concerts. But here is the catch… In order to make the concerts possible for all, we need to raise $25 per student. Sponsor a seat (or two)…  Read More

Behind the Music for Divine Light

Artistic Director Philip Brunelle carefully selected each piece for the Divine Light concert on Sunday, October 13th. Watch and read more about why below and purchase your tickets today! The Ensemble Singers are an amazing group—certainly Minnesota’s finest!  I want them to sing for you a program that gives you, the listener, an idea of…  Read More

Youth Choir Interviews

Sing a wide range of music—from classical to hip-hop & everything in between Perform in world-class venues—Orchestra Hall, The Ordway Center for Performing Arts Awaken your creativity by studying voice, dance, theatre, and spoken word Travel throughout the state and region Rehearse at Augsburg University to provide exposure to life in college Belong to an accepting community of your peers from…  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

Share your voice!

Dear Friend, Thank you for joining us at Identity! How did it go? We want to hear your voice! Would you please take a moment to give us some feedback? We appreciate your help! To take our survey, click HERE. Or, past this link into your browser: https://bit.ly/2FezvVr Thank you! Katrina Wallmeyer Director of Development and Communications…  Read More

Give to the Max and Fill the Hall

Thursday, November 17, 2016 is Give to the Max Day! 6,567 students are slated to attend the VocalEssence WITNESS Young People’s Concerts this February (1,000 more students than last season!). In order to make the concerts possible for everyone, we need to raise $25 per student. Sponsor a seat (or two) and pay it forward…  Read More

Who We Are

Singing has always been a community activity. For generations upon generations, people have come together in song to celebrate, mourn, praise, and inspire each other. For nearly half a century, VocalEssence has been dedicated to keeping that essential human tradition alive. With exhilarating concert performances, ground-breaking educational programming, and tireless advocacy for choral music, VocalEssence…  Read More