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Concert: Hope Renewed

May 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

In a program that explores our relationships with one another and with creation, VocalEssence seeks to give fresh life to justice and hope sharing a message celebrating the wide circle of life that provides room for all to grow and thrive. Featuring commissions by Daniel Godfrey and Marcus Simmons, and the latest piece by ACDA…

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 @ 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…

Philip’s Favorites

Advance ticket sales are now closed. A limited number of general admission seats and standing room tickets will be available for purchase at the door. The on-site box office will open one hour prior to the concert. Tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis. Two Performances Sunday, February 4, 2024 at…

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio 2023

Advance tickets sales are now closed. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the door beginning at 6:30 PM on Friday and 3 PM on Saturday. Two Performances Friday, December 15, 2023 at 7:30 PM St. Paul’s United Church of Christ 900 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN Saturday, December 16, 2023 at 4 PM…

Welcome Christmas 2023

Two Performances Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 4 PM Northrop 84 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN Sunday, December 10, 2023 at 4 PM Northrop 84 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN Feliz Navidad, Happy Christmas, God Jul, and Veselykh Svyat—this year’s Welcome Christmas features music for all to enjoy! Experience the passion of all four VocalEssence ensembles singing…

Moira Smiley poses holding a banjo

Singing the World Awake Digital Concert Program

FEATURING: Moira Smiley, guest artist VocalEssence Chorus VocalEssence Ensemble Singers VocalEssence Singers Of This Age Sonja Thompson, piano Philip Brunelle, conductor G . Phillip Shoultz, III, conductor

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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

VocalEssence Annual Report 2021-2022

“INSPIRED”—was the word used most frequently by patrons to describe their engagement with VocalEssence during the 2021-2022 season. Inspiration was at the center of everything we did this year: Our Chorus and Ensemble Singers were inspired to return to singing in person at venues ranging from Orchestra Hall to the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit…

2021-2022 Supporters

VocalEssence is blessed to have so many committed supporters. Thank you for all that you do to keep our community singing! Although we make every effort to ensure that our Honor Roll list is accurate and complete, we are capable of error. Please let us know if your name does not appear the way you…

Joe Davis with an orange background, Photo Credit: Ryan Stopera

WITNESS: Reawakening Love Digital Concert Program

FEATURING: Joe Davis and The Poetic Diaspora VocalEssence Chorus VocalEssence Ensemble Singers VocalEssence Singers Of This Age VocalEssence Vintage Voices Kristianna Marks, soprano soloist Mary Jo Gothmann, piano Philip Brunelle, conductor G . Phillip Shoultz, III, conductor