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Emma Lou Diemer | 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 Emma Lou Diemer. Emma Lou Diemer b. 1927 Emma Lou Diemer is an American composer and organist known for her works for organ and choir. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, her father, George, was an…  Read More

Michael Abels | 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 Michael Abels. Michael Abels b. 1962 Michael Abels is best-known for his scores for the Oscar-winning film GET OUT, and for Jordan Peele’s US, for which Abels won the World Soundtrack Award, the Jerry Goldsmith…  Read More

Alexandre Guilmant | 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 Alexandre Guilmant. Alexandre Guilmant 1837-1911 Alexandre Guilmant is a French composer, organist, and teacher, and editor. The son of Jean-Baptiste Guilmant, organist of St. Nicolas, he received harmony lessons from Gustav Carulli. Devoted to the…  Read More

Kenneth Leighton | 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 Kenneth Leighton. Kenneth Leighton 1929-1988 Kenneth Leighton is one of the most distinguished British post-war composers and pianists with over 100 compositions published and frequently performed and broadcast both in Britain and around the world.…  Read More

Charles Gounod | 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 Charles Gounod. Charles Gounod 1818-1893 The French composer Charles Gounod is noted for his operas, of which the most famous is Faust.  Born into an artistic household, his mother was a capable pianist and gave…  Read More

Imogen Holst | 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 Imogen Holst. Imogen Holst 1907-1984 Imogen Holst was a significant 20th-century English writer on music, conductor, composer, and administrator. The daughter of Gustav Holst, she studied composition at the Royal College of Music with George…  Read More

Mack Wilberg | 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 Mack Wilberg. Mack Wilberg b.1955 Mack J. Wilberg is an American composer, arranger, conductor, and choral clinician who has served as music director of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square since 2008. Raised in Utah,…  Read More

Claudio‌ ‌Monteverdi | 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 Claudio‌ ‌Monteverdi.  Claudio Monteverdi 1567-1643 The Italian composer, Claudio Monteverdi, was the most important musician in late 16th- and early 17th-century Italy, excelling in nearly all the major genres of the period. The young Monteverdi…  Read More

Sasha Johnson Manning | 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 Sasha Johnson Manning. Sasha Johnson Manning b.1963  Sasha Johnson Manning is an English composer, vocalist, and cellist, whose choral works are frequently performed throughout Europe. She began composing at the age of seven and studied…  Read More

Pietro Yon | 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 Pietro Yon. Pietro Yon 1886-1943 Pietro Alessandro Yon was an Italian-born organist and composer best known for his works Gesù bambino and the organ piece Natale in Sicilia. Yon studied at the conservatories of both…  Read More

Franz Biebl | 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 Franz Biebl. Franz Biebl 1906-2001 Franz Biebl was a German composer, conductor, and recording engineer, best known for his Ave Maria. At the Munich Hochschule, Biebl studied composition with Joseph Haas and Siegmund von Hausegger,…  Read More