The 55th VocalEssence season is in full swing and Philip Brunelle, VocalEssence Founder and Artistic Director, is delighted to be rehearsing music for the October 29 opening concert with the Ensemble Singers and the Chorus. In late August he spent 10 days in Brittany and then visited daughter Elise and family in Vermont with his wife Carolyn. They returned in time to visit the Minnesota State Fair where Carolyn had a painting on display in the Fine Arts building. Special appearances in September included performing with the Ensemble Singers at the Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund dinner, accompanying Greta Ogelsby for a Translucence fundraiser, appearing at the first VocalEssence “House Concert” of the season at the home of Margaret Chutich and Penny Wheeler, and collaborating once again at Crooners’ with soprano Maria Jette. Philip has also begun his 55th year as Organist-Choirmaster at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis.