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Learning and Engagement Programs

VocalEssence Learning & Engagement programs are specifically designed for people ages 0-100+ to connect, create, and learn across cultures. In each of our programs, we: Connect people with renowned choral experts —giving them the opportunity to learn directly from exceptional role models. Blend music and the study of cultures present in Minnesota’s diverse population. Provide…  Read More

Contests and Awards

Whether you are an experienced composer, a singer-songwriter interested in writing choral music, or a high school choir director who embraces the importance of creativity in programming, VocalEssence wants to engage you further in the choral arts.  Check out these opportunities and join us in song. The American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota Creative Programming Award, sponsored…  Read More

Who We Are

Singing has always been a community activity. For generations upon generations, people have come together in song to celebrate, mourn, praise, and inspire each other. For nearly half a century, VocalEssence has been dedicated to keeping that essential human tradition alive. With exhilarating concert performances, ground-breaking educational programming, and tireless advocacy for choral music, VocalEssence…  Read More

Star Tribune: Choral music: VocalEssence, the Singers announce 2014-15 seasons

By: GRAYDON ROYCE, Star Tribune Posted: March 28, 2014 Two of the Twin Cities’ leading vocal choruses have announced their programs for the 2014-15 season. VocalEssence opens Oct. 26 featuring music of Minnesota composers Dominick Argento, Stephen Paulus and Libby Larsen. In addition, hip-hop artist Dessa makes her choral premiere. The Ensemble Singers will tour with…  Read More

Pioneer Press: VocalEssence has guests Shelby, Dessa and Sounds of Blackness

  Longtime WCCO-TV news anchor Don Shelby, Grammy-winning ensemble Sounds of Blackness and budding hip-hop star Dessa are among the special guests set for VocalEssence’s newly announced 46th season. “Music is a living art, and this year we’re going to not only explore legendary musical styles and pieces — the people, places and things that…  Read More

Philip Brunelle honored by the government of Mexico with the prestigious Ohtli Recognition Award

MINNEAPOLIS (May 16, 2011) Today Ana Luisa Fajer, the Consul of Mexico in St. Paul, presented VocalEssence Artistic Director Philip Brunelle with the Ohtli Recognition Award at the quarterly VocalEssence board meeting in downtown Minneapolis. Once a year, the government of Mexico presents this award to a civilian living outside the country for contributions made to the empowerment of Mexican…  Read More