Founded in 1982, Cantemus (Latin for “Let us sing”) is a chorus of up to 40 singers from across the North Shore of Massachusetts and beyond. We are a non-profit organization. We welcome diversity and do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, creed or national origin.
are dedicated to performing music composed for chamber
chorus. Our repertoire ranges across the entire choral
repertoire, from music composed from 1500 to today. It
covers a wide spectrum of styles, including ethnic music,
serious settings of profound poetry, a few arrangements
of popular songs, rarely performed works, and widely
acknowledged masterworks for chorus. We aspire to an
ever-growing artistic and technical mastery, and singers
are auditioned to be admitted to, and remain in, the
a cooperative group we foster mutual respect in our shared
enjoyment of singing. There is a keen appreciation for the
freedom and high spirits that are part of our musical experience.
In preparing for performance, it is important to us that we
function within a structure that allows for growth, mastery
and refinement. Adventurous and varied programming, drawing
from the best of chamber chorus repertoire, features either
a cappella performances or piano/organ accompaniment; as needed,
we will engage instrumental ensembles or small orchestras.
our commitment to provide exceptional choral music to the
North Shore community, Cantemus will perform two or three
programs of music during the year at two or more locations.
Additionally, as the schedule allows, we mayl sponsor community
outreach programs such as concerts for high school choruses
or families, and we occasionally perform concerts as part
of an organization’s
or church’s programming.
will continue to develop sources of funding beyond donations
by the singers in order to meet and expand our mission. Essential
administrative and support roles are filled by singer-volunteers,
however we will actively encourage broader community volunteer
Cantemus is delighted to welcome Jane Ring Frank as our new
conductor, effective with our 2011-12 new season. Click
here to read the press release.
concerts are handicapped accessible, and large-print programs
more information please contact us.
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that you can receive news of all events.
is supported in part by the Massachusetts
Cultural Council, a state agency, and by grants from the
Newburyport, West Newbury, Hamilton-Wenham, Ipswich, Beverly,
Gloucester, and Georgetown Cultural Councils, local agencies
which are supported by the MCC.
is a member of the Greater
Boston Choral Consortium, a cooperative association of
diverse choral groups in Boston and the surrounding areas.
is also a member of Chorus
America, the national choral music organization.