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Where in the World Are the Conductors? October 2023

Philip Brunelle: The 55th VocalEssence season is in full swing and Philip Brunelle, VocalEssence Founder and Artistic Director, is delighted to be rehearsing music for the October 29 opening concert with the Ensemble Singers and the Chorus. In late August he spent 10 days in Brittany and then visited daughter Elise and family in Vermont…

VocalEssence singers and staff stand on stage applauding the conclusion of a gala.

VocalEssence Gala 2024

May 11, 2024 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Save the date for the VocalEssence Gala: Celebration of Song on the evening of Saturday, May 11, 2024! Join us for an enchanting evening dedicated to celebrating the power of singing together. Immerse yourself in a world where melodies soar, hearts harmonize, and voices unite to create unforgettable moments. This event is a testament to…  Read More

Where in the World Are the Conductors? August 2023

Philip Brunelle: This month has been full of celebrations for Philip Brunelle, VocalEssence Founder and Artistic Director.  On August 14, the rain stopped and the clouds parted as 120 of Philip’s closest friends joined him in celebrating his 80th birthday at the home of Marilyn Carlson Nelson. It was a wonderful celebration of food, singing,…

Melanie DeMore, holding a pounding stick, stands in front of VocalEssence singers also holding pounding sticks. Photo Credit: Kyndell Harkness

Concert: WITNESS: Leading with Love

Mar 17, 2024 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Beloved vocal activist, soulful singer, and composer Melanie DeMore returns to Minnesota using her music as what she calls “a weapon of mass connection.” Featuring music by Damien Geter, Marques Garrett, Joel Thompson, and songs from the African diaspora, WITNESS: Leading with Love is the place to hear Melanie and VocalEssence share the world premiere…

VocalEssence logo, Together We Sing, 2023-2024 Season, with singers holding black folders performing at Northrop. Design: Lora Joshi, Photo Credit: Tony Nelson Photography

Subscribe: VocalEssence 2023-2024 Season

May 12, 2023 @ 8:00 am - Feb 4, 2024 @ 5:00 pm

TOGETHER WE SING Subscribe and join VocalEssence as we celebrate 55 years of singing together. From collaborations with the St. Olaf Choir, the Bach Society of Minnesota, and Northrop to exciting commissions by vocal activist Melanie DeMore, Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds, and Minnesota’s own Jocelyn Hagen and Kyle Pederson, this season is sure to make…

2023-2024 Season Press Photos

To Download: Click on the image in the gallery below and a high resolution version will appear for download. For press/promotional use related to VocalEssence events only.

Image with "Sing Your Change Block Party" in front of an orange background with the VocalEssence logo.

Sing Your Change Block Party

Two Events Friday, April 21, 2023, 5:30-8 PM Neighborhood House 179 Robie St E, Saint Paul, MN Sunday, April 23, 2023, 4-6 PM 4-5 PM: Activities & Food at Minneapolis Central Church of Christ, 1922 N 4th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405 5-6 PM: Performances at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1800 Glenwood Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 5541 Join VocalEssence and special…

Philip Brunelle 80th Birthday Campaign

As he approaches his 80th birthday, Philip Brunelle’s impact in the world of choral music is astonishing! If you were to ask Philip Brunelle what his favorite things to do are, he would say “Celebrating rarely heard music and sharing it with the world, of course!” So, that’s what we plan to do! In honor of…

Adult Choir Auditions

About Our Audition Process Registration for the 2023-24 season is now open for the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and Chorus. Read below for information about each ensemble and the audition requirements. Ensemble Singers Auditions Eight paid positions per section; professional experience required. Ensemble Singers re-audition annually. Auditioning for the Ensemble Singers consists of two rounds: Round 1…  Read More

Leave a Legacy

The Philip Brunelle Founder’s Society recognizes those who make a provision for VocalEssence in their will or estate plans. The society is named in honor of our visionary founder, Philip Brunelle, who every day inspires the community to open their ears to new music from diverse cultures. How to Join the Philip Brunelle Founder’s Society You…