Vocal, Choir

New York City, New York, United States



The “engaging” (New Yorker) men’s vocal ensemble Cantus is widely known for its trademark warmth and blend, innovative programming and engaging performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The Washington Post has hailed the Cantus sound as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power” and refers to the “spontaneous grace” of its music making.

As one of the nation’s few full-time vocal ensembles, Cantus has grown in prominence with its distinctive approach to creating music. Working without a conductor, the members of Cantus rehearse and perform as chamber musicians, each contributing to the entirety of the artistic process.

Cantus performs more than 60 concerts each year both in national and international touring, and in its home of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. Cantus has performed at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, UCLA, San Francisco Performances, Atlanta’s Spivey Hall and Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.

In their 2017-18 touring program Discovery of Sight, Cantus explores the essence of light and vision, reveling in the mystery, science, and poetry of what it means to truly ‘see’ with music by Richard Strauss, Franz Schubert, Eric Whitacre and Einojuhani Rautavaara alongside a world premiere by Gabriel Kahane. Cantus debuts Discovery of Sight on tour in Asia and will present it in 25 cities nationwide throughout 2017-18 including stops in Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Nashville, Denver and throughout Minneapolis-St. Paul. In December, Cantus will perform Three Tales of Christmas, their new holiday program reimagining A Christmas Carol, Gift of the Magi, and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas through arrangements of familiar carols and contemporary works. Three Tales of Christmas will bring Cantus back to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC for the third time and to Dallas, Burlington, VT, and Washington state as well.

Committed to the expansion of the vocal music repertoire, Cantus actively commissions new music and seeks to unearth rarely performed repertoire for men’s voices. Cantus has received commissioning grants from New Music USA, the National Endowment for the Arts, Chorus America, American Composers Forum and Chamber Music America. Additionally, Cantus has a rich history of collaborations with other performing arts organizations, including the Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Pops, Chanticleer, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Theater Latté Da and the James Sewell Ballet. The ensemble is heard frequently on classical and public radio nationwide as regular guests on A Prairie Home Companion and on Performance Today. Cantus has released 17 full-length recordings, as well as the recent EP Anthem on the group’s self-titled label.

Cantus is the recipient of three prestigious Chorus America awards, including the 2016 Dale Warland Singers Commission Award (Presented in partnership with the American Composers Forum), the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence (2009) and the Education Outreach Award (2011). Cantus was also the 2010-2011 Artist in Residence on Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media’s Performance Today.

Integral to the Cantus mission is its commitment to preserve and deepen music education in the schools. Cantus works with more than 5,000 students each year in master class and workshop settings across the country. Now in its eighth year, the award-winning High School Residency program brings Cantus into Minnesota schools several times a year for mentoring with a culminating public concert in the spring.


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A Lullaby - Paul Nelson
Lullaby - Billy Joel
Dreifach ist der Schritt der Zeit - Franz Schubert
Des pas dans l’allée - Camille Saint-Saëns
Absalon Fili Mi - Josquin des Prez
Little Potato - Malcolm Dalglish
Light in the Hallway - Pentatonix
The Vagabond - Ralph Vaughan Williams
Goin Home - Harry T. Burleigh
Naked as We Came - Sam Beam
To My Brother - Joseph Gregorio
Ceann Dubh Dilis - Michael McGlynn
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Still, Still, Still - Trad. Austrian Carol
Suo Gan - Welsh lullaby, arr. Wiliford
Gabriel’s Message - John Rutter
Heleluyan - Ulrich, arr. Skoog
O Magnum Mysterium - Brian Schmidt
I Wonder as I Wander - John Jacob Niles
Silver Bells - Livingston and Evans
Would You Harbor Me? - Ysaye Barnwell
The Pasture - Randall Thompson
Feed the Birds - Richard and Robert Sherman
Fairytale of New York - The Pogues
Silent Night - Franz Gruber
Ave Maria - Franz Biebl
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A Quiet Moment - Jennifer Higdon
We Two - Stephen Sametz
Manifesto - David Lang
We Sang Our Songs - William Grant Still
New Multi-Movement Commission TBA - Libby Larsen*
Remember Me - Halsey Stevens
A Most Peculiar Man - Simon and Garfunkel
Gravedigger - Dave Matthews
Gesang der Mönche - Ludwig van Beethoven
She’s Leaving Home - Lennon/McCartney
Light in the Hallway - Pentatonix
Simple Gifts - Elder Joseph Brackett, arr. Stephen Caracciolo
Somewhere - Leonard Bernstein
Coffee With Borges - Gabriel Kahane
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For the Beauty of the Earth - Folliott S. Pierpoint, arr. Paul John Rudoi
August - Michael McGlynn
El Grillo - Josquin des Prez
Aftonen - Hugo Alfven
Un jeune sapin se balance - Jean Cras
Priedes - Valters Kaminskis
Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Light of a Clear Blue Morning - Dolly Parton
N’ap Debat - Sydney Guillaume
Mata Del Anima Sola - Antonio Estevez
Cool Water - Bob Nolan
Sakura - arr. Ko Matsushita
Song of Myself - Einojuhani Rautavaara
The Living Waters - Sweet Honey in the Rock
The Ecology - Marvin Gaye
This Land is Your Land - Woody Guthrie
What a Wonderful World - Thiele and Weiss
Hugo Alfven: Aftonen
Eric Whitacre: Lux Aurumque
Traditional Japanese arr. Ro Ogura: Hotaru Koi
Richard Strauss: Traumlicht
Einojuhani Rautavaara: The Morning Comes (from Two Preludes)
Gabriel Kahane: New Commission TBA
Paul J. Rudoi: As One Sky
Franz Schubert: Die Nacht
Jean Cras: Dans la montagne: mvmt IV,V
Georgia Sea Islands Traditional Spiritual: Yonder Come Day
Trad. Hymn/folksong: Morning Has Broken
Ysaye Barnwell: Wanting Memories
Ken Jennings: Do Not Go Gentle
arr. Jester Hairston: In Dat Great Gittin Up Mornin
arr. Stephen Caracciolo: Simple Gifts
Linda Kachelmeier: We Grow Accustomed to the Dark
arr. Vaughan Williams: God Rest, Ye Merry Gentlemen
William Walton: Make We Joy Now in this Feast
Christina Rosetti: Love Came Down at Christmas
Johnny Marks: Silver and Gold
Gustav Holst: In The Bleak Midwinter
arr. Cantus: Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
Healy Willan: The Three Kings
Horvath: Demon in my View
Traditional English Carol, arr. Lichte: Wassail
Ola Gjeilo: Ubi Caritas
Traditional Hymn: Joy to the World
Paul Williams: With a Thankful Heart
arr. McGlynn: Noel Nouvelet
Martin and Blaine: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
***Please contact Artist Management for program approval by Artist.
Christine Donkin : In Flanders Fields
Isham Jones: You’re In the Army Now
George M. Cohan: Over There
R. P. Weston and Bert Lee: Good-Bye-Ee
Leoš Janácek: Ach Vojna (Ah, the Army!)
Rob and Ferdi Bolland: In the Army Now
Medley arranged by Chris Foss: Songs of War and Protest
Richard Peaslee: When I Would in Boyhood Muse
Bob Chilcott: 5 Ways to Kill a Man
Timothy C. Takach: Luceat Eis
Antonín Dvořák: Goin’ Home
Medley arranged by Chris Foss: Army Life
Lee Hoiby: Last Letter Home
William Whiting: Eternal Father, Strong to Save
Jeff Beal: Beneath Thin Blanket
Melissa Dunphy: What Do You Think I Fought for at Omaha Beach?
Ron Jeffers: Waiting for the Dawn of Peace
John Lennon: Imagine
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