Cantemus Does Annelies Proud
Read Laura Prichard's review of our performance in the Boston Musical Intelligencer. She provides extensive additional information about the work and its historical significance.
January 29, 2024
Cantemus Does Annelies Proud, by Laura Stanfield Prichard
Cantemus Is Seeking Tenors and Basses, including one High School Student
Cantemus is looking for experienced Tenors and Basses to join the group in the spring. Interested singers can read more about auditions at www.cantemus.org/about-us/auditions. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an audition appointment.
Auditions will take place, by appointment on January 9th, starting at 6:30 pm at Miles River Middle School in Hamilton, where we rehearse Tuesdays, from 7:30-9:45.
There is one opening for a high school-age Tenor or Bass in their Choral Interns program. The student will rehearse weekly and perform with the group. This is a paid position, or the student may earn community service credits.
Cantemus to Present Annelies, Choral Work Based on Anne Frank’s Diary
In January 2024, the 34 members of the Cantemus Chamber Chorus will present “Annelies,” the only major choral-orchestral work based on excerpts from the internationally bestselling book “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl.” British composer James Whitbourn completed the work in 2005, having worked for three years with librettist Melanie Challenger to distill two years of diary entries.
Performances will take place on Saturday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 166 High St. in Newburyport and Sunday, January 21 at 4:00 p.m. at Congregation Shirat Hayam, 55 Atlantic Ave. in Swampscott.
Tickets will be available at the door or can be purchased online at http://www.cantemus.org/tickets.
Cantemus Receives Grant
Cantemus Chamber Chorus, with singers and audiences from across the North Shore, has received a grant of $6,000 from the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, through its Cultural Investment Portfolio program.
This grant acknowledges the significant public value of Cantemus’ four annual thematic choral concerts. With support from the MCC and Local Cultural Councils, as well as support from corporations, foundations, businesses and individual donors in the area, the chorus brings diverse and inclusive choral programs to communities on the North Shore.
Choral Intern Program for High School Students
We have three Choral Interns this Fall, and we invite other students to apply for our Spring semester!
Our Intern program is open to area high school students who are interested in a high-level immersion program of singing with a small chorus of musically trained adults. We will admit students by audition with the conductor. If more than one qualified singer per part auditions, we will consider admitting them as well. The decision is to be made by the musical director. The appointment will be for the Spring 2024 semester.
This program is intended to be a supplemental vocal experience to the students’ high school music program and may help in building their resumes as they prepare for college. Applicants must have good sight reading ability and be available Tuesday evenings from 7:30-9:45 for rehearsals at the Miles River Middle School in Hamilton (from January-mid-May) and for two weekend concerts this Spring, on May 11 & 12, with a dress rehearsal the Friday before.
Participation in the program can either:
(a) fulfill community service requirements for academic credit as determined by the student’s school, or
(b) include a $250 stipend to the student provided by Cantemus for one semester.
It is our hope that this program will help to cultivate a new generation of skilled choral singers.
Please contact Richard Salandrea for more information.