50-voice radically diverse high school youth choir
VocalEssence Singers Of This Age is a dynamic group of 50 young people from Twin Cities high schools who sing, dance, write their own music, rap, and—most importantly—reflect the diversity of our community in its membership. Under the visionary leadership of G. Phillip Shoultz, III, the students sing a wide range of music—from classical to hip-hop and everything in between, perform in world-class venues, awaken their creativity by studying voice, dance, theatre, and spoken word, rehearse at Augsburg University to provide exposure to life in college, and belong to an accepting community of peers from all walks of life.
The VocalEssence Singers Of This Age is open to all high school students upon successful completion of an interview process. There is no cost to participate. Upon making a year long commitment, singers receive free transportation to and from rehearsals and performances, performance uniforms, dinner and snacks, and complimentary concert tickets. The program focuses its attention on high school students in the Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, and Saint Paul Public School systems.
We have an impressive team of artists, including:
- Filipina-American rapper and hip-hop artist Dessa
- Emmy award-winning actor T. Mychael Rambo
- McKnight Artist Fellow and MN Sage Award winning dancer/choreographer Roxane Wallace
- Verve-winning spoken-word artist/arts educator Chadwick Phillips
- Karen Charles and Threads Dance Company
- NBC’s The Voice contestant, Ashley DuBose
- Mila Vocal Ensemble and Cameroon Choir
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Program funding comes from generous institutions, corporations, and individuals like you. Check out our GoFundMe page to learn more.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation form the arts and cultural heritage fund.