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December 6, 2005

Vocalesence directors gets high British award.

Pioneer Press (MN):

VocalEssence choral conductor Philip Brunelle was honored Monday for his outstanding service to British music and culture by being named an honorary member of Order of the British Empire (OBE). British Ambassador Sir David Manning conferred the award in a private ceremony at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C.

The Order of the British Empire recognizes service to Great Britain in many fields, including the arts, sciences and public service. U.S. citizens may be named honorary members. Brunelle's award "is in recognition of his record of musical achievement; his promotion of musical links between Britain and the U.S.; and his introduction to the U.S. of some exceptional British music in particular the best of contemporary British choral music," Manning said.

A Faribault native, Brunelle attended Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota. At 19, he was the youngest musician ever engaged by the Minnesota Orchestra. In 1969, at 25, he became choirmaster and organist of Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis, a position he still holds. That year, he founded the Plymouth Music Series, which has since grown into VocalEssence.

Posted by acapnews at December 6, 2005 9:54 PM