VOCALPOINT

VocalPoint is an intense choral experience that challenges people through music to build a better world. Its programs are not just concerts, they are emotional journeys, calling attention to important topics in today's society and explore the topic in depth.

Join us for VocalPoint Kickoff Sunday when they introduce the 9th season beneficiary on Sunday, October 13.
Members of VocalPoint will be joining the Central Choir in worship as we kick-off our 2020 season.  VocalPoint beneficiary will be introduced and the concert season kicks off with our worship theme supporting the important work being done by this beneficiary. Afterwards, stay for lunch ($10 donation requested) and learn more about this year’s events. 

 

WHAT IS VOCALPOINT?

VocalPoint is an auditioned choir of about 80 members led by Artistic Director, Jennifer Anderson with annual concerts each year at Central.  VocalPoint uses the power of people, art, and collaboration to tell the stories of organizations doing life-changing work.  They shine a spotlight on important issues such as youth homelessness, the immigrant experience, and sex trafficking.  They give 100% of performance-driven donations to a worthy cause that will make a dramatic impact in everyday lives.  Music collaborationshave included Maria Jette, Jearlyn Steele, Copper Street Brass QuintetPeter Mayer, and the three-time Grammy-winning Sounds of Blackness.  .

2019 concerts raise $24,234

This year’s concert Holding Space benefited the Walk-In Counseling Center with original music by singer/songwriter Sara Thomsen.

To learn more about VocalPoint, go to www.vocalpointchorus.org.

To see photographs from the 2019 concerts, visit Central’s photo sharing website.


2019 BENEFICIARY

VocalPoint’s season 8 beneficiary was Walk-In Counseling Center.  This program provides free mental health counseling to help thousands address issues that include depression, anxiety, chemical dependency, domestic violence and others.  Their mission is to provide free, easily accessible mental health counseling to people with urgent needs and few service options.

In 2017 alone, Walk-In Counseling Center:

  • Served 2,648 individuals: men, women, and young people (unduplicated)

  • Provided 6,853 free formal counseling sessions

  • Engaged 165 volunteer counselors, team consultants and receptionists who gave, very conservatively, 18,000 hours of service (e.g., counseling, case consultation, outreach and administrative assistance).

VocalPoint invited singer/songwriter Sara Thomsen to help tell the story of how we can hold space for others and when we need to listen without judgement.


Past Beneficiaries

VocalPoint donates 100% of all performance-driven donations to a worthy cause. (Ticket sales defray the administrative costs of the program and music licensing.) Each year, VocalPoint conducts a rigorous search to identify a target beneficiary.

2019: $24,234

The Walk-in Counseling Center provides free, easily accessible mental health counseling to people with urgent needs on a walk-in basis

2018: $25,929

Twin Cities R!SEs mission is to transform lives out of poverty through meaningful employment. 

2017: $24,888

One Heartland brings young people around campfires to deal with life challenges.

2016: $21,621

Upstream Arts enhances the lives of adults and youth with disabilities by fostering creative communication and social independence through the power of arts education.


2015: $24,209

Advocates for Human Rights works globally to support human rights of all people.

2014: $22,190

Neighborhood House helps people, families and organizations develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence to thrive in diverse communities.

2013: $17,848

Avenues for Homeless Youth raises awareness about the prevalent problem of youth homelessness in Minnesota and shelters these young people.

2012: $17,366

Open Arms of Minnesota ensures people living with serious illness don’t go hungry.