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VINTAGE VOICES: Sabathani Vintage Voices Fall Concert

Nov 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Come and experience the sounds of the Sabathani Vintage Voices of the Sabathani Senior Center in No Place Like Home!, an exciting and heartfelt program of songs and spoken word that remind us of the special places in our lives. Free and open to the public. Sabathani Community Center, Inc. Senior Center is a partner…  Read More

OLLI CLASS: The Mendelssohns

Oct 13 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

VocalEssence is opening its 54th season with the music of Felix Mendelssohn and his equally talented, but lesser known sister, Fanny. Join Philip Brunelle and special guest soloists, Maria Jette and Nicholas Chalmers as they present excerpts of music of both Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn that will be featured at The Mendelssohns concert. In order…  Read More

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VocalEssence On Demand

Inspiration on your schedule Reawaken the joy that singing can bring to all of us—from the comfort of your home. This digital content is being offered free of charge. Please consider a donation to help us with the production costs. Click the DONATE NOW button below to support us! Make sure you’re on our email…

VocalEssence Welcomes Six New Board Members

VocalEssence is thrilled to announce the addition of six new members to its Board of Directors. The VocalEssence Board of Directors serve as ambassadors for the organization in the larger community. They also guide VocalEssence in all major policy decisions while ensuring the financial stability of the 54-year-old nonprofit. “I’m delighted to welcome our new…

Where in the World Are the Conductors? August 2022

Philip Brunelle: The summer months have been fascinating for Philip Brunelle, VocalEssence Founder and Artistic Director–not only the time devoted to planning and studying repertoire for the upcoming 54th season, but also time in Europe and concerts at home. The end of June found Philip and his wife Carolyn in Stockholm visiting friends and meeting with…

VocalEssence WITNESS School Program

The VocalEssence WITNESS School Program is an exciting opportunity for Minnesota students and teachers to learn more about the contributions African Americans have made, and are making, to the fine arts. 2020-2021 VocalEssence WITNESS: Will you be a Witness? Movements of Social Change Throughout history and across many cultures, music and movement, art and creative expression have all…  Read More

VocalEssence Singers Of This Age member sings into a microphone with hand outstretched

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…

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CONCERT: Singing the World Awake

May 12, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Awaken your spirit with the sounds and colors of performances by the VocalEssence Chorus, Ensemble Singers, and Singers Of This Age. Experience sounds from near and far, exploring music of Denmark, Haiti, Mexico, the United States, and more, featuring composer and guest artist, Moira Smiley, whose style has been described as genre bending “mixing Bartok…