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Weekend Picks: First-ever Twin Cities Art Week, events at Penumbra and the Capri, Chihuly, Queen Sonja of Norway’s visit

By Sheila Regan MinnPost | October 13, 2022 It’s the Twin Cities Art Week this week, a new festival of sorts where all kinds of galleries and museums are spiffed up with special events. Plus a lot more. It’s the Twin Cities Art Week this week, a new festival of sorts where all kinds of…  Read More

‘Midwinter’ heats up with plethora of weekend events

By Sheila Regan MinnPost | March 3, 2022 There’s flamenco happening in St. Paul at Park Square, and gallery reception happening at Macalester with four really interesting artists that are looking at history and memory in unusual ways. Congratulations. We’ve gotten past the direst cold months and welcome a reprieve as we officially enter “midwinter.”…  Read More

Events in the Community

VocalEssence brings people together through song, and we want you to join us! Get Minnesota Singing Tour: VocalEssence is going on the road to Greater Minnesota to bring our communities together through song. Together We Sing Festival: In partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society, VocalEssence invites you to spend part of your MLK weekend to…  Read More

Concerts and Events

VocalEssence brings our community together through song. Our concerts and events inspire people of all ages to connect with each other, hear beautiful music, and create music of their own. Concert Series: Each season, VocalEssence performs 5-7 concerts around the community for audiences ages 6 and up. Our music goes beyond the typical choir standards,…  Read More

13 Minnesota arts and entertainment events we can’t wait to see in 2019

By Terry Blain | Special to the Star Tribune DECEMBER 27, 2018 — 6:00PM: Star Tribune critics and editors anticipate most promising art and entertainment. ‘Candide,’ Cowles Center, March 21-24 A world gone crazy, full of unpredictable perils and reverses of fortune. Sound familiar? It’s the back story to Leonard Bernstein’s operetta “Candide,” a rambunctious treatment of Voltaire’s…  Read More

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events 2019

By Deb Mazzacco  Pioneer Press January 18, 2019—5:24 pm Here’s a roundup of Minneapolis and St. Paul events Saturday, Sunday and Monday commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day. SATURDAY, JAN. 19-MONDAY, JAN. 21 St. Paul: MLK Weekend at the Minnesota History Center. Family art activities, service projects, performances, closing of “The 1968 Exhibit,” noon to 3 p.m.…  Read More

Fundraising Events

VocalEssence hosts various small events throughout each season to engage and inform new audiences about the incredible work we do. Our largest event is our biennial gala fundraiser, which take place again in the Spring of 2022. Click the link below for more information. VocalEssence Gala 2024

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

The Best Sound of the Season? Four VocalEssence Choirs Bidding One and All to ‘Welcome Christmas’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 THE BEST SOUND OF THE SEASON? FOUR VOCALESSENCE CHOIRS BIDDING ONE AND ALL TO ‘WELCOME CHRISTMAS’! Holiday concert of familiar carols and new compositions returns to Northrop–Dec. 9 & 10 MINNEAPOLIS—August 24, 2023—The vast space of Northrop might find itself struggling to contain the Christmas spirit growing…  Read More

Executive Director of VocalEssence Announces Retirement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF VOCALESSENCE ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT Mary Ann Aufderheide to step down after two decades of growth and success for internationally celebrated choral organization  MINNEAPOLIS—September 15, 2023—After two decades as executive director of internationally renowned choral organization VocalEssence, Mary Ann Aufderheide is retiring, marking the end of…  Read More

The St. Olaf Choir with Anton Armstrong, conductor, looking up.

OLLI CLASS: VocalEssence and the St. Olaf Choir

Oct 26 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

VocalEssence is beginning its 55th season, Founder and Artistic Director Philip Brunelle will present a look at the October 29 opening concert, VocalEssence and the St. Olaf Choir, with guest composer Jocelyn Hagen and how music in many forms evokes memories. In order to sign up for this session, you must be a member of…  Read More