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VocalEssence transforms lives by singing together, assuring a place for everyone's voice.

Singing brings people together to listen, learn, and connect with one another in an extraordinary way. Now in our 52nd year, VocalEssence is proud to annually bring more than 10,000 people ages zero to 100 together through song.

VocalEssence Singers Of This Age is a choir made up of 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. Singers receive all meals, transportation, uniforms, and tickets for families free of charge.

  • Annually engaging 40 students from Twin Cities High Schools

VocalEssence WITNESS celebrates the contributions of African Americans to our shared American heritage through in-school workshops with teaching artists for students grades 4-12, professional development and classroom resources for teachers, and VocalEssence WITNESS Young People’s Concerts featuring VocalEssence singers.

  • Annually engaging 4,000 Minnesota 4-12 students

VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! connects composers from Mexico with school choirs and community choruses to share the Mexican culture and write new Spanish language songs for each school. Singers premiere the songs at a community concert at The Ordway each May.

  • Annually engaging 300 Twin Cities Elementary and High School students

The VocalEssence Together We Sing Festival is a place for singers of all ages and abilities to connect, sing, and give back to the community. VocalEssence invites guest artists from the community to expand the horizons of the participants and encourage them to embrace the diverse fabric of our community.

  • Annually engaging 120 Minnesota singers of all ages

VocalEssence Vintage Voices fosters the creation of choirs in assisted living communities and senior centers, aiming to elicit proven health benefits, including improved health outcomes, reduced depression, increased engagement and pleasure, and improved self-esteem.

  • Annually engaging 120 Twin Cities older adults

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1900 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403



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