VocalEssence has been at the forefront of choral music since its founding in 1969 by artistic director Philip Brunelle. Growing out of the Plymouth Music Series, VocalEssence includes a 130-voice chorus as well as a 32-voice professional ensemble.

In addition to collaborating with many renowned contemporary composers, the VocalEssence professional ensemble is also the house choir on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. Here, the professional ensemble sings in the Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota.

Special thanks:
Benjamin Vander Kooi
Malia Cole
Nick Peter
Mary Ann Pulk
Ted Mann Concert Hall, University of Minnesota
Plymouth Congregational Church

Additional footage courtesy of Jim Juhl, Myhre Studios. This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council (SMAHC) with fund appropriated by the State Legislature and/or by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and is appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.