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Thanks for considering the submission. This podcast focuses on interviewing one person, my father Philip Brunelle, about all facets of choral conducting, church music, opera, etc. given his illustrious career.

Thanks for considering the submission. This podcast focuses on interviewing one person, my father Philip Brunelle, about all facets of choral conducting, church music, opera, etc. given his illustrious career.
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Thanks for considering the submission. This podcast focuses on interviewing one person, my father Philip Brunelle, about all facets of choral conducting, church music, opera, etc. given his illustrious career.

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@tbrunelle

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English

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Episodes

Episode 14 - Christmas Prep 2018

12/1/2018
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In this episode, Philip walks us through his methodology for preparing a Christmas music season — starting with his first at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis in 1968. We discuss programming, rehearsing, and then focus on the topic of carols. Philip talks about the history, structure and nuances of effective Christmas carols. We end with a review of the winners in this 20th year of VocalEssence's holiday carol contest.

Duration:00:56:19

13 - VocalEssence Turns 50

6/23/2018
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Way back in 1969 a 25-year old Philip Brunelle was hired as organist and choirmaster at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis, while still serving as percussionist and pianist for the Minnesota Orchestra. Clearly, he wasn't busy enough. Because in that same year, Philip founded the Plymouth Music Series of Minnesota which later became VocalEssence (http://vocalessence.org). In this episode we go back in time to understand the organization's founding stories -- the motivations and...

Duration:01:17:26

12 - Dominick Argento Interview, March 2018

5/11/2018
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In mid-March 2018, Philip sat down with Pulitzer Prize winning music composer, and Minneapolis resident, Dominick Argento. Their conversation ranges across a decades-long relationship, from the 1960s when Philip was student and Dominick his teacher at the University of Minnesota, to later periods when Philip commissioned Dom to write all kinds of choral music.

Duration:00:55:42

11 - Improvisation, Part One

9/5/2017
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In this first of three related episodes, Philip begins a conversation on Improvisation. After checking in on recent adventures with the IFCM in Barcelona, Spain and Kaili, China, Philip dives in—discussing improv training, perspectives and experiences in the classical, church and operatic realms. He touches on French organist training, Handel’s oratorios, Baroque ornamentation and Bel Canto, as well as music theory and the importance of understanding Inventions, Sonata Form, Fugue form, etc....

Duration:01:07:49

10 - ACDA 2017 National Convention

3/6/2017
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In this tenth episode, Philip talks about preparations and excitement for the American Choral Directors Association national convention, which involves thousands of singers from all over the world, taking place in Minneapolis in early March 2017.

Duration:00:17:43

09 - Protest Music with Melanie DeMore

2/17/2017
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Episode 09 of Renaissance Man welcomes vocal activist Melanie DeMore (http://www.melaniedemore.com) who is collaborating and performing with Philip Brunelle through the month of February as part of Vocal Essence WITNESS. In this episode, Melanie and Philip talk about the history of Protest Music in the world and especially in the US, the hallmarks of effective protest songs, and their work together this month leading into the upcoming WITNESS: Underground Railroad performances...

Duration:00:25:19

08 - Holiday 2016

1/8/2017
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Episode 8 is focused on the business of holiday music specifically, the logistics and work that goes on behind the scenes by a music director to make Christmas and holiday performances what they are. It was recorded in Philip’s office on December 8, 2016. During the episode, Philip talks about selecting and programming music at Plymouth Church and VocalEssence for the holidays, including his sources of programming inspiration. He talks about how to keep programing fresh, and how to learn...

Duration:00:35:25

07 - Opera, Part 2

12/21/2016
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In this second of two episodes dedicated to opera, Philip talks about the business of opera and the role a Music Director plays in day-to-day financials, operations, planning and fund raising that drive an opera company. He uses his 17 years of experience with Minnesota Opera and conducting experience around the world as a tapestry for illustrating the collaboration between composers, stage directors, singers and instrumentalists in getting work from theory to closing curtain. Philip recalls...

Duration:00:43:16

06 - Opera, Part 1

12/7/2016
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Welcome to Episode 6, the first part of a longer conversation about Opera. This episode dives into Philip Brunelle’s 17 year tenure as Music Director at Center Opera — which later became Minnesota Opera. It’s a fascinating journey akin to today's technology start ups, filled with lots of musical entrepreneurialism. If you’ve got questions for Philip about choral conducting or music in general, please send them to us: renaissancemanpodcast [at] gmail [dot] com.

Duration:00:46:56

05 - Election Music, Bonus Episode

10/7/2016
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In this bonus episode, Philip talks about recent travels to Ghana and South Africa and then offers perspective on the role of music in presidential elections and politics - including the origins of The Star Spangled Banner.

Duration:00:09:31

04 - Choral Direction, Bonus Episode

8/20/2016
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Here’s a bonus episode on the role of a choir director and the business of choral conducting. Philip offers a handful of choir directing tips honed over decades of work.

Duration:00:08:58

03 - Choral Direction, Part 2

8/20/2016
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In episode 03 we continue the conversation on choral conducting and the role of a Choir Director. This part of the conversation focuses on the practicalities of being a choral director (e.g. selecting music, administration, scouting venues, recruiting talent, preparing a score, allocation of voice types, etc.); as well as the business of rehearsing (e.g. how to motivate singers you’ve never conducted before, how to handle challenges with voice ranges and abilities, etc.) and...

Duration:00:30:41

02 - Choral Direction, Part 1

7/13/2016
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Episode 02 is the first of several episodes focusing specifically on choral direction and the job of being a choir director. We open with a brief review of Philip’s choral directing schedule in the month of June 2016, traveling from South Korea to Sweden; followed by a discussion of how and why Philip became a choir director. Then we dive into the job description, the “101" of Being a Choir Director. Philip talks about why choirs and singing matter today, the essential need for a steady...

Duration:00:30:38

01 - Education

5/25/2016
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Welcome to the debut episode of "Renaissance Man - Philip Brunelle and Music," an ongoing podcast series with noted conductor, organist, musical leader, educator and entrepreneur Philip Brunelle by his son, Tim. This show connects the dots across all kinds of music - especially choral, church and opera, with the arts, non-profits, entrepreneurialism, education, and travel around the world. In this first episode, we're going to start at the beginning and focus on Philip's musical education....

Duration:01:06:23