• VocalEssence logo, Together We Sing, 2023-2024 Season, with singers holding black folders performing at Northrop. Design: Lora Joshi, Photo Credit: Tony Nelson Photography

Welcome Friends!

Lucky you! You must have met one of the many VocalEssence fans who wants to share the magic with you. VocalEssence is a singing organization that draws upon the power of singing together to nurture community, inspire creativity, affirm the value of all persons, and expand the influence of choral music.

Our list of 2023-2024 Season events are below. Please click the event to learn more and don’t forget to use your 25% coupon when you order tickets: WELCOME2324.

2023-2024 Season Concerts


VocalEssence and the St. Olaf Choir
Um! Yah! Yah! (Need we say more?!) VocalEssence is thrilled to join forces with one of the most prestigious choirs in the country, the St. Olaf Choir.

Welcome Christmas
Hear carols from around the world, featuring the joyous sounds of more than 200 voices, brass and percussion, Northrop’s pipe organ, and a rousing sing-along sure to ignite your holiday spirit!

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio
“Shout for joy!” and ring in the season with Bach’s rendition of one of the greatest musical Christmas stories of all time.

Philip’s Favorites
For 55 years, Philip Brunelle has been at the helm of VocalEssence, and he is celebrating another milestone—his 80th Birthday! Join us as we go down memory lane, rediscovering music of beloved composers performed throughout the past 55 years.

WITNESS: Leading with Love
Beloved vocal activist, soulful singer, and composer Melanie DeMore returns to Minnesota using her music as what she calls “a weapon of mass connection” and challenging us all to “put one foot in front of the other and lead with love.”

Hope Renewed
Renew your spirit through music that explores our relationships with one another and with creation, making space for all to grow and thrive.

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