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Thank you for joining us! Share your voice!

Thank you for joining us at Bach’s Christmas Oratorio on Friday, December 3rd! Would you take a few minutes to give us some feedback? VocalEssence staff extensively study the responses in order to make the next VocalEssence concert even better. To take our survey, click the button below. Take Survey

Hope Lives Here Choreographers and Featured Composer

Alexander Hille, choreographer Alexander Hille received his dance education in New York at Juilliard School and with the Netherlands Dance Theatre. He danced in Austin McCormick’s Company XIV, in Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal under Louis Robitaille, in Les Grands Ballets Canadiens with Ivan Cavallari and lastly in the Ensembles Les 7 Doigts de la…

VocalEssence Singers Of This Age Interview Video Instructions

Use your cell phone, iPad, or computer webcam to record a short video. The entire length your video should be 3-4 minutes long. No longer than 4 mins, please!  Please follow the instructions below:  1. Clearly tell us your name and age. Example: “Hello, my name is ___________________ and I am ___________ years old.” 2. Tell…

Leland Sateren | 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 Leland Sateren. Leland Sateren 1913-2007 Leland Sateren was a renowned Minnesotan composer and conductor who served as chairman of the Augsburg College Department of Music from 1950 to 1973 and as director of the Augsburg…  Read More

VocalEssence COVID Protocols

Updated 10/5/2022 We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic as it evolves and adhering to all health and safety recommendations put forth by the Minnesota Department of Health, as well as any health and safety protocols in place at our concert venues. These protocols are subject to change based on changing conditions and will be…

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Welcome Christmas 2021

Revel in the mystery of the season through the depth of a mother’s love Three Performances Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 4 PM Plymouth Congregational Church 1919 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis, MN Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 7:30 PM Plymouth Congregational Church 1919 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis, MN Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 4 PM Roseville Lutheran…

VocalEssence Vintage Voices Perform Summer Concerts

Sabathani Vintage Voices summer 2021 Concert On June 30, 2021, after nearly 16 months apart, the Sabathani Vintage Voices made their post-pandemic concert debut! Performing for family, friends and neighbors, the singers shared songs and spoken word, including several original poems written by our singers that celebrated the beloved community, coming together in unity, and…  Read More

Voices Rising: A Choral Affirmation of Black Lives

Affirming and amplifying Black Lives Join 12 Twin Cities Choral organizations as we share our voices to promote healing, invite dialogue, and call us into action. The concert, curated and led by G. Phillip Shoultz III, Associate Conductor and Director of Learning and Engagement at VocalEssence, featuring Joe Davis and The New Renaissance, Jayanthi Rajasa,…

VocalEssence WITNESS on Twin Cities PBS

This year our the 31st annual VocalEssence WITNESS concert is available on VocalEssence On Demand AND will be televised across Minnesota on Twin Cities PBS (TPT). Here are the air dates and times on stations TPT 2 and TPT Life: Saturday, May 29: WITNESS broadcast at 7 PM on TPT LIFE Sunday, May 30: WITNESS broadcast at 1 AM…

Once viewed as potential ‘super spreaders,’ Minnesota choirs are emerging again

Rob Hubbard Special to the Star Tribune | March 18, 2021—10:49AM One more welcome sign of spring:  Minnesota choirs are emerging from hibernation. Dwight Jilek conducted members of Magnum Chorum for their livestream this month. Photo by Flight Creative Media For a state dubbed “The Land of 10,000 Choirs,” the pandemic has been particularly…  Read More

Sojourner Truth | Women’s History Month with GPS

GPS highlights the life and legacy of Sojourner Truth for this Sunday edition of Take 5. In addition, we take a look at the traditional Negro spiritual, “Plenty Good Room.” Learn More Sponsor Black Excellence Each episode and blog post take $250 to create and produce. Consider sponsoring a day or…  Read More