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FREE Courtroom Concert featuring VocalEssence Singers Of This Age, Phillip Shoultz, director

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

View the Frequently Asked Questions about the Courtroom Concerts.

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.

Ticket Info

Free admission

Seating is limited and first come first served. Doors open at 11:30. Please call if you are attending as a group of 10 or more (651.292.3267).


Tshotsholoza — Sung in Ndebele and Zulu, from Zimbabwe and South Africa
This Is Me from The Greatest Showman — Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Yup’ik Chant — Created in the tradition of the Central Alaskan Eskimo people by Ossie K.
O Hear the Joyful Singing — Giovanni Gastoldi, arr. Patrick Liebergen
Inanay — Traditional song from Torres Strait Islands
Sesere eeye — Traditional song from Torres Strait Islands
Be Like the Bird — Abbie Betinis
Mravalzhamieri — Folk song from the Republic of Georgia
Teften Kate — Folk song from Bulgaria
Love Has Broken Down the Wall — Mark Miller
Resilience — Abbie Betinis
I Need You To Survive — David Frazier, words adapted by VocalEssence Singers Of This Age


VocalEssence Singers Of This Age; G. Phillip Shoultz, III, founding director and conductor