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Bennett

Richard Rodney Bennett | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Richard Rodney Bennett. Richard Rodney Bennett 1936-2012 English composer and pianist Sir Richard Rodney Bennett was known for his compositions for both concert and film music. He began composing at a young age and studied…  Read More

Rutter

John Rutter | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer John Rutter. John Rutter b. 1945 Prolific composer John Rutter captures audiences around the world with his choral compositions and arrangements. Rutter attended Highgate School in London and went on to study at Clare College,…  Read More

Andre Thomas

André Thomas | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer André Thomas. André Thomas b. 1952 As a composer, arranger, conductor, author, pianist, and educator, André Thomas is very active in the choral world. Thomas recently retired after many years as a professor and as…  Read More

Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Ludwig van Beethoven. Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827 Likely the most influential and widely recognized composer of the nineteenth century, Beethoven is most known for his instrumental music. Beethoven was born in the town of Bonn,…  Read More

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The Summit Center for Arts and Innovation

Directions Metro Transit Information Route 84 – Snelling – Highland Village – Sibley Plaza Route 63 – Raymond Sta – Grand Av – Sunray – McKnight Rd Parking Parking is primarily on-street parking, most choosing to park on either side of Summit Avenue itself. The cross streets of Summit are also available for parking as…  Read More

VocalEssence Gala 2020 Sponsors

Sponsoring the VocalEssence Gala 2020 has many advantages: Visibility to audience of more than 600 prominent business and community leaders Opportunity to support and partner with VocalEssence, an organization with decades of experience presenting concerts and education programs that engage, inspire, and entertain more than 30,000 people of all ages annually Brand equity in THE…  Read More

Sponsor a Seat in Honor of Someone Today

Let’s fill the hall!   Orchestra Hall, that is. 4,245 students are slated to attend the VocalEssence WITNESS Young People’s Concerts this February, and celebrate the amazing African and African American women who change our world for the better! But here’s the catch… The cost of the VocalEssence WITNESS program and Young People’s Concerts is $28.50…  Read More

G. Phillip Shoultz, III

Associate Artistic Director phone 612-547-1453 fax 612-547-1484 gps@vocalessence.org Known for fostering community and inspiring action among people of all ages and abilities, G. Phillip Shoultz, III, enjoys a multifaceted career as artist, educator, consultant, speaker and pastoral musician. Phillip is the associate artistic director of VocalEssence where his most visible impact is seen through his…  Read More

VocalEssence Chorus

Hailed by the Minneapolis Star Tribune as “singing impeccably, making even the most complex harmonies sound transparent” and performing with “consummate professionalism,” the VocalEssence Chorus is an exceptional group of talented, committed singers from many walks of life. Equally at ease sharing the stage with famous guest artists such as Dessa and Sweet Honey In The…  Read More

VocalEssence Ensemble Singers

The Oxford Times (UK) has declared that the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers “have a blend that could—and should—be the envy of every choir in the business.” Founded in 1991, the Ensemble Singers are acclaimed for their “superbly blended sound” (Birmingham Post, UK) and “exemplary technique” (Minneapolis Star Tribune). Lauded by the Times of London as “polished, bright…  Read More

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Sample Program & Audio

Sample Program I O Praise the Lord of Heaven (William Billings) The Day Is Done (Stephen Paulus) Zuni Sunrise Song (Brent Michael Davids) Zion’s Walls (Aaron Copland) Oh Susannah (Stephen Foster, arr. Edwin Fissinger) Dixie (Daniel Emmet [attributed], arr. Norman Luboff) Camptown Races (Stephen Foster, arr. Jack Halloran) “Gloria” from The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass (Carol Barnett)…  Read More