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VocalEssence Singers Of This Age is a youth choral arts apprenticeship that reflects the diversity of our community in its membership. SOTA young artists represent more than fifteen high schools in the Twin Cities, with a primary focus on public schools in Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, and St Paul. Under the visionary leadership of VocalEssence Associate Conductor, G. Phillip Shoultz, III, SOTA young artists learn from and create with master teaching artists representing a variety of artistic disciplines. SOTA awakens artistic expression and creativity in young people, harnessing the power of group singing to create community and encourage a wider circle of participation in our art form.
G. Phillip Shoultz, III, founding director and conductor
Gavin Berg, assistant director/collaborative artist
Rhiannon Fiskradatz, operations manager
See vocalessence.org website for short bio on GPSIII and VocalEssence organization.
Credit for photo above: Caroline Yang
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About the Host:
Composer Abbie Betinis writes music called “inventive, richly melodic” (The New York Times), “superb, whirling, soaring” (Tacoma News Tribune), and “the highlight” of the program (Boston Globe). With over 50 commissioned works for ensembles such as Cantus, the New England Philharmonic, and The Rose Ensemble, Abbie has been awarded a McKnight Composer Fellowship, grants from the American Composers Forum, ASCAP, and Jerome Foundation, and was recently listed in NPR Music’s Top 100 Composers Under 40. A resident of Saint Paul, she is adjunct professor of composition at Concordia University, and was composer-in-residence with the Schubert Club from 2005-2017.