Stories & Results

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 $62,000! 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

Voice Your Vote


We asked Artistic Director Philip Brunelle and Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III what they think about voting. Below is what they said. “I have never missed an opportunity to vote–usually in person at the elementary school in our neighborhood. Voting is one of the great privileges we have in our democracy–never take it for…  Read More

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Single Streams for the 2020-2021 Season are On Sale Now

Single Streams are now on sale for all of the 2020-2021 Season concerts. For just $15 you can purchase on demand access to one of the eight performances below. Each performance will premiere on a specific date and will be available to watch on demand after that date. Featuring stunningly clear audio and crisp, high-quality…  Read More

Voice Your Vote

   Take a minute and hear these powerful words from women from our Rightfully Hers performance. Voice your vote today! Already voted? Help someone else make a plan – you may be more important than you know. Need more information? Check out the League of Women Voters Minnesota website: Watch Rightfully Hers Want…  Read More

Rightfully Hers Concert Resources

Rightfully Hers Preview Buy Stream Now in the press Classical Minnesota Public Radio interview with John Birge, actor Sally Wingert, and composer Jocelyn Hagen: Concert Program   Learn More about the 19th Amendment Centennial There are so many wonderful resources to learn more about the 19th Amendment Centennial! Below are a few of our…  Read More

Where in the World are the Conductors – September 2020

Artistic Director Philip Brunelle and Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III have been busy preparing for a safe and innovative 52nd season of VocalEssence. Online and physically distanced rehearsals have begun with VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers and will begin soon for our youth choir VocalEssence Singers Of This Age. Philip Brunelle has begun releasing…  Read More

Vintage Voices Singer visit at their homes

VocalEssence Vintage Voices Takes Singing Back Home

This September, VocalEssence Vintage Voices conductor Rob Graham has been visiting the homes of older adult singers from Sabathani Community Center in South Minneapolis. At a safe distance and accompanied by Sabathani Community Center Senior Program Director Georgia Marinkov-Omorean, Rob has been greeting them with a friendly visit as well as gifting them a care…  Read More

Table for More: Making Room in the Singing Arts

VocalEssence Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III partnered with NATS Boston, Boston Singers’ Resource, and the Greater Boston Choral Consortium to present the 4-part Interactive Webinar Series “Table for More: Making Room in the Singing Arts” in August 2020. Offered free of charge, the webinars were interactive discussions surrounding the discrimination and injustice in the…  Read More

Bob Chilcott

Bob Chilcott | 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 Bob Chilcott. Bob Chilcott b. 1955 Bob Chilcott is a British conductor, singer, and composer of music that choirs at all levels love to sing. Chilcott sang in the choir of King’s College, Cambridge, first…  Read More