Composers of the Late 20th-21st Century

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

Hogan

Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle – August 7, 2020 – Moses Hogan

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Moses Hogan. Moses Hogan 1957-2003 Moses Hogan was a leading arranger of African-American spirituals, as well as a talented pianist and conductor. Beginning at an early age, Hogan studied piano and was immersed in the…  Read More

Gjeilo

Ola Gjeilo | 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 Ola Gjeilo. Ola Gjeilo b. 1978 Ola Gjeilo is one of the most frequently performed composers in the choral world. An accomplished pianist, improvisations over his own published choral pieces have become a trademark of…  Read More

Barnwell

Ysaÿe M. Barnwell | 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 Ysaÿe M. Barnwell. Ysaÿe M. Barnwell b. 1946 The composer and singer Ysaÿe M. Barnwell writes meaningful music that choirs love to sing. After studying violin for fifteen years and majoring in music in high…  Read More

Brown

Uzee Brown Jr. | 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 Uzee Brown Jr. Uzee Brown Jr. b. 1950 The music of Uzee Brown Jr. is performed by choirs around the world. A native of Cowpens, South Carolina, Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts from Morehouse…  Read More

Daley

Eleanor Daley | 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 Eleanor Daley. Eleanor Daley b. 1955 The award-winning Canadian composer Eleanor Daley was born and raised in Parry Sound, Ontario. She studied organ and piano at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, the Royal Conservatory of…  Read More

Javier Busto

Javier Busto | 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 Javier Busto. Javier Busto b. 1949 The Basque composer, conductor, and doctor Javier Busto is known for his gorgeous choral music. Born in Hondarribia, San Sebastián, Spain, Busto spent his childhood and adolescence as a…  Read More

Judith Weir

Judith Weir | 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 Judith Weir. Judith Weir b. 1954 The talented British composer Judith Weir was born in Cambridge to a Scottish family and raised near London. Before attending Cambridge University, Weir played oboe in the National Youth…  Read More

Curenton

Evelyn Simpson Curenton | 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 Evelyn Simpson Curenton. This episode features a performance by singer Jearlyn Steele.   Evelyn Simpson Curenton b. 1953 The versatile musician and composer Evelyn Simpson Curenton is one of today’s leading arrangers of gospel music…  Read More

Tavener

John Tavener | 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 John Tavener. John Tavener 1944-2013 English composer Sir John Tavener was best known for his sacred choral works that mesmerize choirs and audiences around the world. He began improvising and composing from the piano at…  Read More

Hailstork

Adolphus Hailstork | 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 Adolphus Hailstork. Adolphus Hailstork b. 1941 The music of the accomplished composer Adolphus Hailstork is frequently performed and commissioned by acclaimed ensembles throughout the United States. Hailstork studied at the Manhattan School of Music under…  Read More

Runestad

Jake Runestad | 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 Jake Runestad, featuring a performance by the composer himself. Jake Runestad b. 1986 The prolific Minnesota-based composer Jake Runestad composes for virtually all types of classical genres and ensembles and is especially praised for his…  Read More

Takach

Timothy Takach | 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 Timothy Takach. Timothy Takach b. 1978 Inspired by captivating narrative, speculative fiction and making better humans through art, the music of Timothy Takach has risen fast in the concert world. Applauded for his melodic lines,…  Read More

Lopez Moreno

Jesús López Moreno | 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 Jesús López Moreno. Jesús López Moreno b. 1971 Serving as artistic director of the children’s choir at Valle de Chalco in México City and as organist and chapel master of the National Basilica of Our…  Read More

Sirett

Mark Sirett | 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 Mark Sirett. Mark Sirett b. 1952 Composer, organist, and conductor Mark Sirett was raised and currently resides in Kingston, Ontario. After receiving his master’s and doctoral degrees in choral conducting and pedagogy from the University…  Read More