We are an auditioned Twin Cities community chamber choir rooted in the belief that every voice matters.

We were originally formed and directed by David Ryan Moberg in 2003. Karin Barrett has been our director since 2010. We engage audiences with themed programs of exquisite music paired with other forms of art that reflect on the breadth of the human experience.

We hail from every corner of the Metropolitan area, come from all walks of life, and volunteer our talents to build community and make a difference through the choral experience.

To that end, we do not charge admission. We do accept donations, which are tax deductible. We also seek to direct the fruits of our effort to other charitable organizations whenever possible.

Karin Barrett

Artistic Director and Conductor

Karin is in her 8th season as Artistic Director and Conductor with Saint Paul Vocal Forum.

She holds BA degrees in piano and voice performance and music education from St. Catherine University, a Masters Degree in Conducting from the University of Minnesota, an MDIV and Masters in Theology from St. John’s University and is a Board Certified Chaplain.

She is the founder and director of New Day Community Voice in St. Paul and serves as Music and Liturgy Director for the Benedictine Sisters at St. Paul’s Monastery.

She is married to her best friend, David for over 30 years; she is the grateful mom of 4 beautiful children and a golden retriever. When Karin is not practicing music, she is practicing yoga and cooking.


SPVF collaborates with musicians, artists, poets and others as an expression of our belief that every voice matters. Audience members, too, are sometimes invited to raise their voices along with us. Pianist Steve Norquist appears in most SPVF concerts and acts as rehearsal accompanist. Other recently featured artists include the Lake String Quartet, New Day Street Choir, percussionist Zack Baltich, soprano Jennifer Sylvester, and oboist Patrice Pakiz.

Saint Paul Vocal Forum Board 2018-2019

Mary Jo Lewis, Chair

Karen Esbjornson, Treasurer

Phil Soucheray, Secretary

Glenn Davis • Patti Cicchese • Virginia Stillwell • Lily Vasquez • David Vasquez