Stories & Results

Leo Nestor | 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 Leo Nestor. Leo Nestor 1947-2019 Dr. Leo Nestor was an American choral composer and conductor, known for his work with the American Repertory Singers. He served the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as musical…  Read More

Kyle Pedersen | 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 Kyle Pedersen. Kyle Pederson b. 1971 Kyle Pederson is a Minneapolis-based composer, lyricist, pianist, and educator.  Kyle was awarded the ACDA Genesis Prize in 2020 and the American Prize in Choral Composition in 2019. His…  Read More

Carlos Chávez | 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 Carlos Chávez. Carlos Chávez 1899-1978 Carlos Chávez was a prolific Mexican composer and conductor known for music that combines elements of traditional folk songs and modern compositional techniques. Chávez began his musical career taking piano…  Read More

Kim André Arnesen | 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 Kim André Arnesen. Kim André Arnesen b.1980  Kim André Arnesen is one of the most frequently performed classical composers from Norway today. He grew up in Trondheim, and at age of 10, he played the…  Read More

Where in the World are the Conductors-July 2021

Philip Brunelle: Artistic Director and Founder Philip Brunelle is in the midst of a “planning month” as he prepares for the upcoming 53rd season—lots of meetings with composers, artists, and finalizing the season announcement for each of you! The final Plymouth Summer Concert occurred on July 20 when Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele gave us their…  Read More

VocalEssence Vintage Voices Perform Summer Concerts

Sabathani Vintage Voices summer 2021 Concert On June 30, 2021, after nearly 16 months apart, the Sabathani Vintage Voices made their post-pandemic concert debut! Performing for family, friends and neighbors, the singers shared songs and spoken word, including several original poems written by our singers that celebrated the beloved community, coming together in unity, and…  Read More

Philip Brunelle Honored to Ring Minnesota Liberty Bell

In 1950 the Department of the Treasury gifted each of the 50 states their own Liberty Bell—full sized replicas of the bell in Philadelphia. Each bell, created by the Christoph Paccard Bell Foundry in France, weighs approximately 2,080 pounds. The Minnesota Liberty Bell is rung on four occasions throughout the year and Philip Brunelle was given…  Read More

Saying Goodbye to Our Graduating VESOTA Seniors

The young singers who took a chance on an innovative new model for a diverse high school choir and became the founding members of the VocalEssence Singers of This Age (VESOTA) are graduating! Four years ago, they chose the name, they set the tone, they created a welcoming culture that drew younger singers in…and now…  Read More

Where in the World are the Conductors-June 2021

Philip Brunelle: Artistic Director and Founder Philip Brunelle is working on creating a digital library of all the composers featured on Musical Moments with the help of intern Blake Wieseler from St. Olaf College. Since Musical Moments began in March of 2020, almost 300 composers who have been central to the success of VocalEssence have…  Read More

Meet Carolina Gustafson and Learn More about VocalEssence! | ¡Conozca Carolina Gustafson y aprende más sobre VocalEssence!

En Español   ¡Saludos y Feliz Verano de VocalEssence! ¡Esperamos que haya tomado unos minutos para crear el usuario y contraseña para su suscripción gratuita para nuestro sitio web de VocalEssence On-Demand.  En esta edición de VocalEssence y Amigos, presentamos una conversación de entrevista con una invitada muy especial que quiere compartir más con usted…  Read More

Where in the World are the Conductors-May 2021

Philip Brunelle Artistic Director and Founder Philip Brunelle will be working with Phillip Shoultz to determine the roster of singers during late May and early June.  With these very flexible days concerning audience sizes for fall concerts, we are preparing several plans to accommodate our options.  The good thing is that we have the repertoire…  Read More

Meet Composer Novelli Jurado and Learn More about VocalEssence! | ¡Conozca Novelli Jurado, Compositor Mexicano, y aprende más sobre VocalEssence!

En Español ¡Saludos y feliz primavera de VocalEssence! ¡Esperamos que haya tomado unos minutos para crear el usuario y contraseña para su suscripción gratuita para nuestro sitio web de VocalEssence On-Demand. ¡Nuestro último correo electrónico tenia contenido y algunos consejos sobre cómo crear su inicio de sesión gratuita para disfrutar de los muchos conciertos que…  Read More

VocalEssence Vintage Voices Restarts In Person

The VocalEssence Vintage Voices program connects older adults with the benefits of group singing by forming choirs at senior centers and residences. While the program continued during the pandemic, the singers were limited to Zoom sessions. They missed the fun and togetherness of being in the same room. In early April, it finally became safe…  Read More

Where in the World are the Conductors-April 2021

Philip Brunelle Artistic Director and Founder Philip Brunelle will be spending the last part of April and early May concluding plans for the 53rd VocalEssence season and also hearing many, many singers for their spring auditions. This is always an important part of the year, inviting wonderful voices to be part of the upcoming VocalEssence…  Read More

TUTORIALES: Cree su inicio de sesión gratuito para VocalEssence on Demand, traduzca y navegue por el sitio web

Tutorials: Create your free VocalEssence On Demand log-in, translate and navigate the website En Español Durante la temporada 2020-2021, en VocalEssence ofrecemos programación familiar GRATIS para la comunidad Latina local. Incluyendo nuestras presentaciones únicas On Demand, que son exclusivas dentro nuevo sitio web VocalEssence On Demand. Durante más de cinco décadas, VocalEssence ha utilizado el…  Read More