Stories & Results

Vintage Voices Trillium Woods Chorale Mini Concert

A pandemic didn’t stop these singers in their eighties at Trillium Woods from bringing a little joy to their lives. Together with the leadership of VocalEssence Vintage Voices artistic director Robert Graham and help from the brand new virtual choir recording platform SongAlong, these singers created a mini choir concert! After 10 weeks of Zoom…  Read More

DOUBLE the Joy and Together We Will Meet Our Goal

We are getting SO CLOSE to meeting our 2020 goal of $248,680 to fully fund the VocalEssence mission. We are just $29,689.27 away, and have a 1:1 match up to $17,000 that was created by board and staff members who increased their gifts. Because of the pandemic, VocalEssence is in a different place financially than we’ve…  Read More

What moment do YOU treasure in 2020?

“The two of us watched your musical moments together each day and they truly were the highlight of his day.” —Tracy Rode, Jack Cole’s daughter Jack and Ann Cole were treasured by so many, including VocalEssence. We are humbled to know that Philip Brunelle’s Musical Moments were such a comfort to Jack in his last…  Read More

Spend Christmas Eve with VocalEssence

This Christmas Eve, gather the family (in person and virtually) for a LIVE sing-along and a broadcast of Welcome Christmas.   CHRISTMAS EVE LIVE STREAM Thursday, December 24th at 6:30 PM CST Join Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III for a LIVE Christmas Eve edition of Take 5 with GPS. Usher in the magic by…  Read More

How do you measure a year?

“The two of us watched your musical moments together each day and they truly were the highlight of his day.” —Tracy Rode, Jack Cole’s daughter Jack and Ann Cole were treasured by so many, including VocalEssence. We are humbled to know that Philip Brunelle’s Musical Moments were such a comfort to Jack in his last…  Read More

New Milestone for FREE Subscriptions

“I am so excited to watch this. Thank you to your entire team for bringing this to our world. As a choir director (middle school and high school), I am facing constant challenges of how to keep my 150 students engaged, motivated, and inspired. Thank you!”  —Melanie Brink, music teacher in the Middle East region of Muscat, Oman  We are so excited…  Read More

Welcome Christmas in the News

There is so much excitement about Welcome Christmas this season! Check out the articles and videos below and make sure to watch Almanac on Twin Cities PBS (TPT) from 7-8 PM CST on Friday, December 18th to see a preview of Welcome Christmas! Minnesota Public Radio News Interview with Cathy Wurzer and G. Phillip Shoultz,…  Read More

Liza and Jim Ervin find Joy On Demand

As we close out the most challenging year in our 52 year history, we are hearing some shining stories of resilience and moments of joy. Liza and Jim Ervin are singers in the VocalEssence Vintage Voices choir at Trillium Woods. It was December 2015 when they moved to the Twin Cities from Connecticut. Fortunately, friends…  Read More

Making of Welcome Christmas 2020 with TPT

Artistic Director Philip Brunelle and Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III shared their experience recording the Welcome Christmas concert this year in partnership with Twin Cities PBS (TPT). It took more than $75,000 to fund this partnership with TPT, and to date we have raised $64,506! If you are interested in continuing to support the…  Read More

Black Friday Weekend Deals – 20% Off

Buy local this weekend to support your favorite choir! Use code SALE20 for 20% off the items listed below. Offer expires on Monday, November 30th at 11:59 PM.   Imagine Single Stream Find JOY and HOPE as the voices of our youth choir VocalEssence Singers Of This Age help you imagine a world where the…  Read More

Imagine Performances Premieres Saturday, Nov. 28

  Discover beauty in diversity, and imagine a world where the spirit of kindness, generosity, and love for our neighbors lives in us all year. Join the VocalEssence Singers Of This Age as they usher in the season of hope and love through songs, spoken word, and poetry from winter celebrations around the world, including Christmas, Diwali, Hanukkah, Hmong New Year, Kwanzaa, and Las Posadas. …  Read More

COVID-19 Update – November 16, 2020

We hope you are safe and find ways to make the best of this pause that we are experiencing. Below is a status update for our organization. In person Rehearsals Cancelled Because of the recent conditions with COVID-19, VocalEssence has decided to move all rehearsals with singers online from now until November 30, 2020. We…  Read More

VocalEssence Releases Holiday Box

Ring (or sing) in the holiday season with a custom box delivered to you or your loved-one’s door! The box includes a custom VocalEssence branded campfire mug and cozy chenille blanket, goodies from Minnesota-made companies Folly Coffee and Chunky Funky Popcorn, and a songbook to follow along with as you watch the VocalEssence Welcome Christmas…  Read More