Philip Brunelle

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Philip Brunelle takes a bow at the end of the concert America Sings! in 2006.

Philip Brunelle is an American conductor and organist. He was born in Faribault, Minnesota on July 1, 1943. He founded VocalEssence (previously known as the Plymouth Music Series) in 1969 and remains the artistic director today. Brunelle has conducted such groups as the BBC Singers, the Houston Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony and the Cleveland Orchestra. He has also been a guest conductor at the Oregon Bach Festival. His engagements have taken him across the United States, South America and Europe. Brunelle served for many years on the board of directors of Chorus America and the National Council on the Arts and he currently serves on the Board of Regents at St. Olaf College. In 2001, he was inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame.[1] He has served as choirmaster and organist of Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis for over 40 years.

In 2002, he received the U.S. Bank Sally Ordway Irvine Award for Commitment, recognizing lifetime achievement, contribution and leadership in culture and the arts. He served on the Artistic Advisory Committee for the Eighth World Choral Symposium, which took place in Denmark in 2008. In 2005, British Ambassador Sir David Manning invested Brunelle as an Honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for "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 2006, he served as artistic director and conductor of America Sings!, a concert held in Washington, DC to launch the National Endowment for the Arts initiative, American Masterpieces: Choral Music. He also helped organize the 2008 American Guild of Organists national convention held in the Twin Cities.[2][dead link]