Hear our community come together as more than 500 students join VocalEssence to celebrate Mexico through song. Prominent Mexican composers work as composers-in-residence with school choirs, community choruses, and VocalEssence to bring the sounds of Mexico to Minnesota. In 2016-2017, students met with acclaimed composers Rodrigo Cadet (for elementary students) and Samuel Pascoe (for high school students)… Read More →
BEDROOM COMMUNITY AND FRIENDS Featuring Valgeir Sigurðsson, Jodie Landau, Sam Amidon and Daníel Bjarnason with Mariam Wallentin and Pekka Kuusisto Copresented with the American Swedish Institute Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Doors at 6pm | Music at 7:30pm (purchase tickets) American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis Bedroom Community, “a creative hub of sonic geniuses that continues to evolve and… Read More →
In case you missed it, these were just a few high points from the 2017 VocalEssence WITNESS concert at Orchestra Hall: 1. Hearing songs from three local composers (Daniel Kantor’s “River Holy”, Emily Feld’s “The Gift to Sing”, and Jake Runestad’s “We Can Mend the Sky”). The concert served as the world premiere of Feld’s… Read More →
For the next three months, VocalEssence will feature its education programs to promote Music Makes Us Whole, an initiative that brings together non-profit and for-profit organizations in Minnesota to raise awareness about the ways a rich music education enhances a child’s development. This month, we’re highlighting VocalEssence WITNESS School Program and Lullaby Project. VocalEssence WITNESS… Read More →
Many generous donors have helped VocalEssence raise $17,352 to cover the cost for 694 students to attend the WITNESS Young People’s Concerts this February. 6,567 students from grades 4 to 12 are expected to attend the two concerts February 16 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Each ticket costs $28.50, so VocalEssence asked in November for… Read More →
Thrivent Financial and VocalEssence invite you to help us throw a baby shower for the moms and babies participating in The Lullaby Project. Nothing conveys the intimate bond between mother and child quite like a lullaby. The word itself summons images of quiet moments and tender whispers of love. Every baby deserves a lullaby. VocalEssence… Read More →
Hear more hammered dulcimer by Stu Janis at the VocalEssence Welcome Christmas concerts December 9, 10, and 11, 2016 in Roseville and Minneapolis, MN. Click here for more information.
VocalEssence is spreading holiday cheer all around the Twin Cities metro this holiday season. In addition to our four Welcome Christmas concerts December 3-11, 2016 and two Star of Wonder concerts on Saturday, December 10, 2016, our voices will be heard far and wide. Review our schedule below and add us to your holiday festivities.… Read More →
Melanie DeMore invites you to bring your family and friends to VocalEssence WITNESS: Underground Railroad this season.
The Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium, that is. 6,567 students are slated to attend the VocalEssence WITNESS Young People’s Concerts this February (1,000 more students than last season!). But here’s the catch … The cost of the VocalEssence WITNESS program and Young People’s Concerts is $28.50 per student, but in order to make this program affordable… Read More →
Inspiration abounded for teen moms and their children at Longfellow Alternative High School this November. Five African American teen moms from Minneapolis worked with guest artist Melanie DeMore, Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III, and members of the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers to write lullabies for their babies. The program is part of the Lullaby Project,… Read More →
Thursday, November 17, 2016 is Give to the Max Day! 6,567 students are slated to attend the VocalEssence WITNESS Young People’s Concerts this February (1,000 more students than last season!). In order to make the concerts possible for everyone, we need to raise $25 per student. Sponsor a seat (or two) and pay it forward… Read More →
This holiday, welcome Christmas to Minnesota through a journey to pueblos, ponderosas, and piñon, traveling under the power of the VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers. “We are privileged so many families make an annual tradition of joining VocalEssence for our exploration of Christmas music, each year viewed through a different lens,” said Philip Brunelle. “This… Read More →
As a professional choir conductor for 20 years, I’ve learned to read the subtle cues in the room before the singing starts, but I’d never before experienced a feeling quite like the one at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis on that July night. It was only a week since the tragedies in Falcon Heights and… Read More →