Stories & Results

2017 VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! Community Concert Podcast – First Half

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

20% off tickets for The SPCO’s Liquid Music Series

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

VocalEssence Programs Enhancing Music Education in Minnesota

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

VocalEssence in the Community This Holiday Season

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

Help Fill the Hall this Holiday 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

Lullaby Project Creation Sessions Awe and Amaze

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

Give to the Max and Fill the Hall

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

Carols & Lullabies Preview

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

Bridge of Song Reverb

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