Classical Conditioning: Attracting new blood to the world’s oldest performing arts

Should you dress up to go to the opera? Unlike some other companies, Minnesota Opera hasn’t taken a position on the question. They haven’t felt they need to, said Minnesota Opera president and general director Ryan Taylor. Some traditional operagoers, Taylor said, feel they need to clearly state, “This is a substantial piece of art, … [ Read more]

VocalEssence’s ReMix mentorship program gives young songwriters a chance to shine

“Some people see classical music as a dying art,” says G. Phillip Shoultz III, associate conductor of VocalEssence, a Minneapolis-based choral non-profit founded in 1969. That, however, is a misstatement. “It’s an ever-evolving art,” he explains. “What’s classical music now is different. It’s changing and shifting from what we’ve known it to be before.” And … [ Read more]