Scholars from Hiawatha Leadership Academy – Morris Park will join prominent Mexican composers for a performance at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts on Monday, May 23, in an exciting conclusion to the yearlong VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! education program.

¡Cantaré! Spanish for “I will sing”—pairs two Mexican composers-in-residence with local elementary school and high school choruses to discover, celebrate and create music inspired by Mexican traditions. This year, participating students met with Francisco Zúñiga Olmos and Alephsus Valdés over the course of three visits from October to May, together penning 17 new compositions which will be premiered at the Ordway Concert Hall.

The first concert begins at 6 pm, as the 32-voice VocalEssence Ensemble Singers take the stage with students from Minneapolis’ Folwell School Performing Arts Magnet, Hiawatha Leadership Academy – Morris Park and St. Paul Central High School. At 8 p.m., the Ensemble Singers return again—this time with students from Champlin Park High School, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis, and Northport Elementary School in Brooklyn Center.

“VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! is one of our most exciting programs because the concerts really do feel like one big celebration. It’s just a fantastic way for students, their families and the composers to wrap up the project as well as the school year,” said G. Phillip Shoultz, III, VocalEssence associate conductor. The program increases awareness of Mexico’s heritage, fosters cultural pride, brings new music to the community, and creates meaningful partnerships with composers, students and organizations.

Tickets for the VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! Community Concerts are free and the performances are open to the public. For more information visit vocalessence.org.

Free tickets are available at:

Latino Communications Network
2909 Bryant Ave. S.
Suite #202
Minneapolis, MN

Neighborhood House at Wellstone Center
179 Robie Street East
St. Paul, MN

Consulate of Mexico in Saint Paul
797 East 7th Street
St. Paul, MN
651.771.5494, ext. 13

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
St. Paul, MN