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Here is our ever-growing list of choral groups from around the world. Each of these choirs listed has at least one CD recording available.

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African Children's Choir

The African Children's Choir is made up of some of the neediest and most vulnerable children in their countries. Many have lost one or both parents to poverty or disease. The African Children's Choir helps these children break away from the everyday cycle of poverty and hopelessness. Before being selected to join the Choir, children, generally aged between 7 and 11 attend Music for Life camps. These camps are fun and stimulating environments that provide a break from the daily hardships the young children face at home.

From the hundreds of children who attend the camps, approximately 50 will be chosen to audition for the Choir. Games, crafts, music and devotions are some of the activities the children look forward to at camp. Once the children are selected, Choir Teams will spend a few days visiting the children's homes to determine their needs and suitability for tour life. They then have the difficult task of selecting the group of children who will form the next African Children's Choir.


All-American Boys Chorus

The All-American Boys Chorus . . . happy youngsters from more than thirty cities in Southern California.

Fifty concert tours to Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada and throughout the USA make The All-American Boys Chorus one of the most widely traveled boy's choirs in the world.

More than one million people have been included in the boys' live audiences-in addition to the many millions who have seen and heard them on television and radio. The boys have performed before a Pope and dignitaries of many ranks. They've been made honorary citizens of a Canadian provincial capital and been commended by its mayor for their kindness to that city's handicapped children. The boys have performed with glittering celebrities, among them John Williams, Josh Groban, Bob Hope, Victor Borge, Steve Allen, Della Reese, Melissa Manchester, and John Schneider.


Amabile Men's Ensemble

Amabile Choirs of London, Canada is an educational program welcoming children, youth and adults who wish to develop their musical talents as part of a vibrant, award-winning chorale organization. (Amabile is pronounced Ah-MAH-bee-lay).

Young people audition for a place in the Choir and are challenged to fulfill the mission of the organization under the direction of dedicated professionals who willingly give their expertise and time for a very nominal fee.

Active in London, Canada since 1985, there are now more than 300 choristers singing with Amabile ranging from ages 8 to adult. Together they form a total of ten choirs - five for female singers and five for male singers. Girls and women move up through the Amabile family of choirs as their voices and experience level develops; the same is true for the boys and young men as voices change and expertise is mastered.


Amabile Youth Singers

Amabile Choirs of London, Canada is an educational program welcoming children, youth and adults who wish to develop their musical talents as part of a vibrant, award-winning chorale organization. (Amabile is pronounced Ah-MAH-bee-lay).

Young people audition for a place in the Choir and are challenged to fulfill the mission of the organization under the direction of dedicated professionals who willingly give their expertise and time for a very nominal fee.

Active in London, Canada since 1985, there are now more than 300 choristers singing with Amabile ranging from ages 8 to adult. Together they form a total of ten choirs - five for female singers and five for male singers. Girls and women move up through the Amabile family of choirs as their voices and experience level develops; the same is true for the boys and young men as voices change and expertise is mastered.


Amasong

In 1990, a year before beginning her master's degree in choral conducting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Kristina Boerger decided to form what she advertised as a lesbian/feminist chorus called Amasong. The group's name was a play on the words amazon and song. Boerger said, "The word amazon conjures up images of strong women who make their own decisions. It was a way of coding our group in a certain way."

Boerger posted flyers around town about her new choral group, Amasong. Many local women responded to the flyers. A roomful of women showed up at the first choir rehearsal, consisting mainly of lesbians, feminist housewives, and students. The decision to label Amasong as lesbian/feminist was important. In the PBS documentary The Amasong Chorus: Singing Out, produced by Jay Rosenstein, Boerger explained, "There's lesbian-feminism with a hyphen, which refers to women who are lesbian and feminist. But if you put a diagonal slash between, then it means either/or. And that's very important.


American Boychoir

The American Boychoir is regarded as the United States' premier concert boys' choir. Under the leadership of Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Litton-Lodal Music Director, The American Boychoir continues to dazzle audiences with its unique blend of musical sophistication, effervescent spirit, and ensemble virtuosity. Boys in grades 4 through 8, reflecting the ethnic, religious and cultural diversity of the United States, come from across the country and around the world to pursue a rigorous musical and academic curriculum at the school. The American Boychoir School, the only non-sectarian boys' choir school in the nation, was founded in Columbus, Ohio, in 1937, and has been located in Princeton, New Jersey, since 1950.


Ames Children's Choir

Artistic Director Dr. Sylvia Munsen founded the Ames Children's Choirs (ACC) program in 1995. The program includes boys and girls ages 8-16 from central Iowa communities singing in three choirs: Concert Choir, Chorale and the Preparatory Choir. A fourth ensemble, the Chamber Singers, is a smaller ensemble from the Concert Choir. ACC focuses on the development of self-esteem through artistic experience and is utilized as part of teacher training for choral music education students at Iowa State University (ISU).

Notable performances for the Concert Choir include: the World Premiere of John Rutter's Mass of the Children at Carnegie Hall with the composer as conductor; solo concerts at Washington's National Cathedral, St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC, and Temple Square in Salt Lake City, a performance with the Des Moines Symphony for the World Food Prize Laureate Program and a concert for the Meredith Willson Centennial in Mason City. The choir has performed in ISU residencies with composers John Corigliano and Libby Larsen and in a master class with Cantus. ACC singers have performed four times with Simon Estes in MCCF and ISU Celebrate America concerts.


Anna Crusis

The Anna Crusis Women's Choir is recognized as both an agent of social change and a premier performing arts group in the greater Philadelphia region. The Choir is committed to reaching diverse audiences, including people who have little access to the arts, and it supports the work of other progressive social justice organizations by singing at benefits and fundraisers.

Much has changed since Anna's founding in the 70's, when one of its primary objectives was to provide a safe haven for both gay and straight women to find their voices. Anna grew out of the grass roots feminist movement characterized by the local group "Wine, Women and Song. " Formed by songwriters/musicians Judith Palmer (who still sings with Anna) and Wendy Caplan, they composed much of their own music since little about women's lives - from a feminist perspective - was available.


Anuna

Irish choral music has little or no history before the latter part of the twentieth century. In 1987 Dublin composer Michael McGlynn founded ANUNA, Ireland's National Choir. The name derives from the collective term for the three ancient types of Irish music, Suantra (lullaby), Geantra (happy song) and Goltra (lament). One of the choir's stated aims is to explore and redefine Irish choral music from ancient times through to the present. Anuna have created a unique choral voice for Ireland and have been widely accoladed and acknolwedged for the originality of their performances and recordings.

The group is Dublin-based and is an a cappella choir performing with between eleven and fourteen singers drawn from a larger group af approximately thirty members. Anuna do not work with a conductor, and use the entire space of a concert venue at different points in a performance. Most of their material is written or arranged for the group by McGlynn, and includes reconstructions of early and medieval Irish music. These songs are created specifically for the choir's unusual combination of classically trained and untrained voices.


Archangel Voices

Archangel Voices is a professional-level vocal ensemble whose goal is to create high-quality recordings of Orthodox liturgical music in the English language, and giving special emphasis to the creations of contemporary composers and arrangers, both living and recently deceased. Through its CDs, the ensemble aims to bring the beauty of Orthodox liturgical music before a wide audience of listeners, to serve as a vehicle for spreading the Orthodox faith through music, and to embrace various traditions and styles of Orthodox church music as they are manifest in the practice of parishes in North America.


Ars Nova Singers

Specializing in a cappella music of the Renaissance and the 20th and 21st centuries, the Ars Nova Singers of Boulder, Colorado are presenting their 25th concert season in 2010-2011. The professional-core vocal ensemble conducted by founding Artistic Director Thomas Edward Morgan is composed of 36 selectively auditioned choral musicians from the Denver/Boulder metropolitan region. In its history, the Ars Nova Singers has presented over 250 performances of more than 100 different concert programs.



The ensemble has received significant national recognition - the Aaron Copland Fund for Music selected the Ars Nova Singers for funding in 2003 and 2004 .The Performing Ensembles program of the Copland Fund supports organizations whose performances encourage and improve public knowledge and appreciation of serious contemporary American music. The ensemble has also been funded by the Chorus Program of National Endowment for the Arts.


Aurelius Boys' Choir

In 1983 the Aurelius Sangerknaben Calw (= ASKC) were founded by Hans-Jorg Kalmbach. The name 'Aurelius' was choosen in remembrance of the first patron of the Hirsau monastery, which over centuries inspired the cultural and spiritual live in Western Europe. From simple beginnings the choir has increasingly become much-requested body of singers capable of both choral and solo duties. Spiritual and contemporary choir music is enchanted by the Aurelius Sangerknaben. Since 2001 Johannes Sorg continues to lead as the new director of music the educational and choir tradition as established in the early years. In 2002 he and his Aurelius Sangerknaben received the honour of the Bruno-Frey-Preis and he achieved the first prize at the "German Choir Contest" at Osnabruck with his men ensemble. Today the boy choir has an excellent reputation far beyond the borders of Germany.


Aurora Chorus

To elevate women's voices and open the hearts of singers and audiences through sharing diverse choral repertoire, celebrating musical excellence, and cultivating community. As a women's chorus, Aurora is focused particularly on giving voice to women's perspectives and empowerment, not only by singing about women-but also by featuring women composers and poets. Aurora's longtime artistic director Joan Szymko has contributed significantly to the body of literature for women's voices.


Australian Voices

It is with high artistic energy that The Australian Voices (TAV) commission and perform the work of Australian composers. 2018 commissions include Lachlan Skipworth, Lisa Young, Alice Chance, Joe Twist, Sean O'Boyle and Gordon Hamilton.

Recently TAV has recorded new works intended for "performance" on YouTube. Hamilton's composition The 9 Cutest Things That Ever Happened (2013) has been viewed over one million times. In 2014 they made international headlines with a video of Rob Davidson's Not Now, Not Ever! (2014), a musicalisation of Julia Gillard's 'misogyny' speech.

Their album for Warner Classics (2012) was observed by Gramophone Magazine to "boast a crisp, resonant delivery of the sonic goods under Hamilton's confident direction." In 2013 they released an songbook with Edition Peters and in 2016 an album for ABC Classics.

Recently the group has brought their distinctly Australian sound to audiences in Guatemala, Mexico, China, the UK, Germany, New Caledonia, USA, Palestine, Woodford Folk Festival and Hobart Festival of Voices.


Bach Children's Chorus

The Bach Children's Chorus is western New York's most respected children's classical music ensemble. The chorus appears regularly with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, Mercury Opera Rochester, and other area ensembles. The girls and boys in the group range in age from 8 to 16. and are known in Rochester's arts community as the best young singers in the area.

The BCC selects its members through rigorous audition each spring. Their repertoire consists of classical and folk music in many languages from the 18th through the 21st centuries. The children meet weekly for rehearsals throughout the academic year.


Bach Choir of Bethlehem

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem is the oldest American Bach Choir, and gave the first American performances of Bach's Mass in B Minor and the Christmas Oratorio. Since its founding in 1898, the Choir has been attracting thousands of national and international visitors every May to its annual Bethlehem Bach Festival. Under the direction of conductor Greg Funfgeld since 1983, The Choir's activities have expanded to a year-round season of 40 concerts and educational programs for an audience of more than 22,000; recordings for the Dorian and Analekta labels, films for PBS and Classical Kids, and touring performances including the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Germany; the BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London; Carnegie Hall and Trinity Church Wall St, New York City; and the Kennedy Center and Music Center at Strathmore in the Washington D.C. area.


BBC Singers

Splendid", "magnificently sung", "superbly sung", "wonderful" - these are recent critical plaudits for the BBC Singers. Britain's only full-time professional chamber choir is an ensemble internationally recognised as belonging to the first rank. Its breadth of repertoire and range of activities are unsurpassed anywhere else in the world. Established in 1924, the versatility of this virtuoso 24-voice ensemble is second to none. It is this flexibility which makes the Singers both an important resource in the broadcast music-making of the BBC and a significant presence in British musical life.

The BBC Singers' breadth of repertoire is unrivalled by any other choral group, singing everything from Renaissance music to the latest contemporary scores. Their unique expertise with the latter has brought about creative relationships with some of the most important composers and conductors of the 20th and 21st centuries.


Beijing Angelic Choir

The Beijing Angelic Choir is a children's choir based in Beijing, China Since its establishment, it has toured extensively in the world as well as in China. !t came to be known to the world when it won a National Association of Independent Record Distributors Award in the U.S. in 1995.


Bella Voce Women's Chorus

Bella Voce Women's Chorus of Vermont was founded in March of 2004 by Dr. Dawn Willis and debuted their first full concert in May of that same year. The chorus of 45 auditioned singers performs existing and newly-commissioned sacred and secular works for women's voices throughout Vermont and the Northeastern United States. Our name, Bella Voce, is an Italian phrase meaning "beautiful voice" and we strive to achieve this artistic goal at all times. A non-profit organization, Bella Voce is governed by a 14-member Board of Directors guided by Director Dr. Willis' artistic vision.


Bella Voce Young Women's Choir

Bella Voce Young Women's Choir is based in Rochester, Minnesota. Founded in 2007 as part of the independent non-profit organization Sing Out Loud, the choir consists of 65-70 singers in grades 8-12 drawn from communities throughout southeastern Minnesota. Our purpose is to create an inviting and safe community in which young women can share musical excellence, build confidence, and gain perspective about the world through the gift of music. The purpose of Bella Voce is to inspire young women, through singing, to realize their highest potential in order to more broadly impact the world.


Belmont Chorale

The Chorale is the flagship, classical choral ensemble of the School of Music at Belmont University. It is also one of the earliest performing ensembles in Belmont's musical history. This auditioned, mixed ensemble performs diverse literature from all genres, and is currently under the direction of Dr. Jeffery Ames, Director of Choral Activities.

The Belmont Chorale has a distinguished history. It has been recognized for its musical excellence with performances at MENC conventions and the Southern Division of the American Choral Directors Association. The ensemble tours annually and has enjoyed great success with European tours. International performances include the St. Moritz Festival in Switzerland (1985 and 1987), Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania and Yugoslavia (1989), England (2004), and the Republic of China (2007).


Bemidji Choir and Chamber Singers

Dr. P. Bradley Logan, Professor of Music, is the Director of Choral Activities at Bemidji State University, where he conducts the Bemidji Choir and the Chamber Singers, and teaches conducting along with voice. He has served on the faculties of the University of Montevallo, Louisiana College, California State University, Long Beach, and Pelham High School. Dr. Logan holds his B.S. in Vocal Music Education from North Dakota State University, his M.A. in Choral Music from California State University, Long Beach, and his D.M.A. in Choral Conducting and Literature from the University of Illinois. He is Executor of the Edwin R. Fissinger Musical Estate and serves as co-editor of the Edwin Fissinger Choral Series published by Meadowlark Music Publications.


Benedictine Nuns of Notre-Dame

The nuns of the Abbaye Notre Dame de l'Annonciation, near Avignon, took a call. It was, improbably, Decca Records asking to visit. The company was launching a global search to find the world's finest female exponents of Gregorian chant - a talent contest for nuns. It had advertised in Catholic newspapers, hired a specialist nun-hunter, followed the leads. Two A&R men turned up at the abbey. The purity of the sisters' singing was obvious at once, yet the search continued: 70 auditions, from America to Africa. And then, in July, although warned that it would not find a more traditional order than the Abbaye sisters, Decca chose this group of 28 women, whose mystique and dignity are enhanced by their refusal to engage with the hype surrounding a record launch. They are wary of the world but say, 'We did this for others, for their spiritual wellbeing; it will bring peace to the people who listen to our music.'


Brazeal Dennard Chorale

Founded in 1972 by Dr. Brazeal W. Dennard, recipient of The Maynard Klein Award in recognition of artistic excellence in the field of choral music, the Brazeal Dennard Chorale is a group of highly trained singers dedicated to developing the choral art to its highest professional level. The Chorale is deeply committed to the rediscovery and performance of significant choral works by African American composers. In 1985, Dr. Dennard subsequently organized the Brazeal Dennard Community Chorus as a community outreach program to encourage participation of members of the surrounding communities and to provide them with vocal training and professional performance opportunities. The Brazeal Dennard Youth Chorale composed of young singers between the ages of 13 and 19 was formed in 1982 to develop these students in the study of the choral art and encourage the dedication to and performance of challenging literature. Dr. Dennard celebrated 60 consecutive years of choral conducting in July 2007 and though retired, remains Artistic Director Emeritus of the Brazeal Dennard Chorale, which is now in the capable hands of artistic director, Dr. Augustus O. Hill.


Bulgarian National Radio Children's Choir

The Children's Choir of the Bulgarian Radio and Television is laureate and winner of Grand Prix, special and first awards, gold medals and diplomas for great artistic achievements at many national and international choir competitions and festivals."It is long since a choir performing in such a natural, fresh and easy manner came to New York", declared the "New York Times".

Hristo Nedyalkov - composer and Sofia University professor of Choral conducting (born 1932 in Dryanovo, Northern Bulgaria) received his musical education at the Bulgarian Academy of Music in Sofia and is considered to be one of the most outstanding representatives of the Bulgarian music. Artistic director and conductor of the Children's Choir of the Bulgarian Radio and TV with numerous concert tours in Europe, America, Asia and Africa.


BYU Concert Choir

Brigham Young University Concert Choir comprises 100 advanced singers who are committed to a challenging choral experience. This very select ensemble has acquired an outstanding reputation for its captivating performances of a wide variety of repertoire taken from the great choral literature, encompassing many different styles and genres.

Although the Concert Choir does not generally tour, they have a rigorous performance schedule both on and off campus, which requires substantial dedication and stamina. All programs, which usually contain pieces in several different languages, are performed from memory. Although the huge variety and quantity of literature demands enormous flexibility and commitment, the rewards in terms of both educational and musical experience are rich and plentiful.


BYU Men's Chorus

The Brigham Young University Men's Chorus is thought to be the largest collegiate male choral organization in the country. Founded in 1958, it has steadily grown to its present membership of 190 voices, with over 400 annually auditioning for the ensemble. As a result of its versatile literature and engaging performance style, the BYU Men's Chorus has captured the admiration of audiences throughout the Western United States and beyond. Each year the choir includes a diverse and unique representation of the university community. Choir members originate not only from the United States and Canada, but from countries throughout the world. Of the 190 members only 18 are music majors with the remainder drawn from every college and department of the university. Over 130 members of the chorus have served LDS missions throughout the world, and a large number are planning to serve after their 19th birthdays.


BYU Singers

Brigham Young University Singers is a small, select choir of flexible singer-musicians. As one of the major touring ensembles of the university, the Singers have traveled throughout the United States, including Hawaii; twice to Russia; three times to Israel; to Australia and New Zealand; to the countries of Western and Eastern Europe, including the Baltic States; to West Africa; and to South Africa. The choir traveled through the British Isles in May 2009, placing second in the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition at the Cork International Choral Festival. The choir has attained the reputation of a captivating, versatile choir with an impressive range of repertoire and style.


BYU Women's Chorus

The Women's Chorus is a large group of select, versatile singers who perform a diverse repertoire extending from medieval and renaissance works to masterpieces of our own time. Folk music and other varied genres are included in the choir's study and performances. The choir is well known for its beautiful, blended sound from pristine, quiet unison to the majesty of large textured sonorities. Sensitive musicianship and constant improvement are goals for each rehearsal and performance. An audition is required, and a two semester commitment is expected.


Calgary Girls Choir

Calgary Girls Choir was founded in 1995 by Elaine Quilichini and has flourished and grown under her direction and inspiration. Throughout its career, critics and adjudicators have acclaimed its performances. The repertoire of the Choir ranges from folk song to contemporary classical music with the emphasis always on repertoire of the highest quality. The philosophy that only the best is good enough has been a constant guiding principle. CGC is known for gorgeous resonant tone, impeccable technique and for the artistry and sincerity of its performances.

The Choir has gained renown nationally and internationally. Tours have included Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Wales, England and Italy, in addition to touring extensively in the USA and Canada. The Choir has been featured in numerous radio and TV broadcasts and is a three time winner of the CBC National Radio Competition for Amateur choirs.


Calmus Ensemble

It began with the place: Leipzig. The Saxon metropolis of music is not only home to the famous Gewandhaus but also a fertile cultural ground for other musical development. The longdistinguished Thomasschule with its graduates is a particularly abundant source of multifaceted vocal endeavors. One of the fruits of Leipzig's recent past, the Calmus Ensemble was formed in 1999.

Five former members of the St. Thomas Boys' Choir became a vocal quintet right after graduating. They soon had success performing concerts all over Germany. When they decided to become more flexible in their choice of repertoire, however, something was missing: the female touch in the upper register. So they searched and soon found Anja Lipfert. Since 2001 she has crowned the Ensemble's sound with her bright soprano voice, cultivated in her years in the MDR Kinderchor (Children's Choir of the Middle German State Radio Network) and which continues to be developed at the Leipzig Conservatory.


Cambridge Singers

The Cambridge Singers are a mixed-voice chamber choir, formed in 1981 by their director John Rutter for the express purpose of making recordings. The nucleus of the group was originally provided by former members of the chapel choir of Clare College, Cambridge (where John Rutter was Director of Music from 1975-79), supplemented by former members of other collegiate choirs. John Rutter is one of the biggest names in choral music, as a director, composer and music editor. His compositional career has embraced both large and small-scale choral works, orchestral and instrumental pieces, a piano concerto, two children's operas, music for television, and specialist writing for such groups as the King's Singers. He co-edited four volumes in the Carols for Choirs series with Sir David Willcocks, and, more recently, has edited the first two volumes in the new Oxford Choral Classics series, Opera Choruses (1995) and European Sacred Music (1996).


Camerata Singers

The Camerata Singers, founded in 1972 by Dr. Allan Birney, has been an integral part of the Lehigh Valley's notable arts community and continues to make a significant contribution to the artistic life of the area by providing several quality programs of classical and contemporary choral music each year. The group is especially dedicated to preserving our rich musical heritage with performances that include superior instrumental accompaniment and soloists.


Camerata Vocal Group

Among specialists Camerata is regarded as one of world's best a capella groups. They represent the best of the great Russian choir tradition. Their experiments with new forms and sounds make them totally different from other groups. The group comprises eight professional musicians, seven singers and a sound engineer. All of them have graduated from music academies in Belarus and Russia. Their home base is in Minsk, the capital city of Belarus. Camerata's repertoire includes pieces belonging to different genres, from classical and ethnic to jazz, often interwoven into each other, giving birth to totally new and uncommon combinations. The singers are sophisticated both in styles and voice timbres, artistically adapting each off them to a particular work. So when speaking about Camerata it is not enough to say that they have got a soprano, alto, tenor and bass. Each of the above is quite unexpectedly presented in their original compositions, combined with sound imitation, making them absolutely unique.


Cantabile - The London Quartet

Cantabile (pronounced Can - TAH - bih - lay - an Italian musical term meaning 'in singing style') are quite simply one of the world's top vocal groups.

The original Cantabile was formed in Cambridge in 1977, to feature as a barbershop quartet in a musical comedy at the ADC Theatre written by Robert (sic) Bryan and Richard Turner (who would later direct the Footlights revue, and go on to become script editor for Spitting Image). Bob already had in mind the ideal high tenor for the quartet: a medical student, Nick Ibbotson, with whom he sang regularly in Pembroke College chapel choir. (It was, incidentally Pembroke College which some years earlier had spawned various Cambridge comedy notables, including Bill Oddie.)


Cantamus

Cantamus Girls Choir based in Mansfield was founded in 1968 by Pamela Cook, who is still its director. Throughout its career critics and adjudicators have acclaimed its performances. The repertoire of the choir stands at around 250 items - all sung from memory in 13 languages - ranging from contemporary music to folk song. It consists of 44 girls aged between 13 and 19 who attend various schools in the locality and is organized on an independent basis.

The choir's impeccable technique and unfailing ability to captivate its audiences are brought about by its talented team of teachers: Ann Irons, Elaine Guy and Joy Nicol, all of whom were taught by Pamela Cook. They help to develop the girls' organisational skills in addition to their vocal and musical abilities.


Cantemus Children's Choir

Cantemus was formed in 1975 as a primary school choir and continues to be the school choir of the Zoltan Kodaly primary school in Nyiregyhaza in Hungary. Like other school choirs the eldest members leave and new members join every year as part of the normal progression of the state school education system. While the school specialises in music due to its name it does this within the normal curriculum and the choir members have to learn and rehearse their music in addition to normal lessons.

Cantemus has however become a special choir because the standards and successes it has achieved have given it a national and international reputation. They have also led to the creation of two other choirs which have established their own international success and reputations. The first of these - Pro Musica - was formed for older girls who had left the primary school choir and it began its individual career by wining the GRAND PRIX of the Bartok Bela International Choir Competition in Debrecen in 1986. More recently the Cantemus Mixed Choir has been established for both male and female voices under the direction of Szabo Soma and this has also achieved major success at international level. The vocal sextet Banchieri has also been formed from choir members and again has travelled extensively, competed successfully at international level and recorded many CDs. Links to the web sites of these other groups are provided on the front page of this site.


Cantus

Acclaimed as "the premier men's vocal ensemble in the United States" (Fanfare), Cantus is committed to inspiring audiences with music performed at the highest level. Rehearsing and performing without a conductor or music director, the nine members of Cantus are renowned for adventurous programming spanning many periods and genres, including work commissioned specifically for the group. The Washington Post hails the ensemble's sound as having both "exalting finesse" and "expressive power," and refers to their music-making as "spontaneous grace."

Cantus shares its impeccable singing, engaging stage personality and heartfelt interpretations with audiences across the country as they tour and at home in Minneapolis and St. Paul. At home and on the road, the artists of Cantus share their own love of singing with thousands of student singers annually to ensure the future of choral arts. Cantus is pleased to be able share its music through performances, recordings and digital media.


Carmina Slovenica

The vocal ensemble Carmina Slovenica with its artistic director Karmina Silec is noted for its innovative programming which explores works from the forefronts of the contemporary music scene. With Choregie - vocal theatre or theatre of voices Carmina Slovenica is introducing a concept which incorporates contemporary music, drama, movement and other stage elements.

With this concept of vocal theatre the ensemble performed on stages worldwide - from Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space to the Teresa Carreno Theatre in Caracas, from Hong Kong Cultural Centre to Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. Carmina Slovenica has been invited to music events of the highest esteem such as the World Music Days (organized by the ISCM), Moscow Easter Festival, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, the World Symposium on Choral Music (organized by the IFCM), the European Symposium on Choral Music (IFCM), Polyfollia, America Cantat, Choir Olympics, Europa Cantat etc.


Centurymen

The CenturyMen, established in 1969, is an auditioned men's chorus of professional musicians who are directors of music in Baptist churches across America and from around the world. Public performances by The CenturyMen include extensive touring in the United States, nationwide telecasts, and church and concert hall appearances. Concert tours in foreign countries include Brazil, The People's Republic of China, Russia, Poland, The Czech Republic, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Switzerland, Israel, and Turkey.The CenturyMen's 2001 East Coast Tour afforded them appearances at the United States Capitol and on the CBS Early Show.


Chanticleer

Called "the world's reigning male chorus," by the New Yorker magazine, and named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 2008, Chanticleer will perform more than 100 concerts in 2010-11, the GRAMMY Award-winning ensemble's 33rd Season. Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for their "tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity," Chanticleer will tour to Canada and 22 of the United States, including appearances at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National American Choral Directors Association Conference in Chicago. In early 2010, Chanticleer gave 14 concerts in 11 European countries, appearing at many of Europe's legendary concert halls.


Cherokee National Youth Choir

The Cherokee National Youth Choir performs traditional songs in the Cherokee language. The choir is the result of a vision by Principal Chief Chad Smith, who saw it as a way to keep our youth interested in and involved with Cherokee language and culture.

The group is an important symbol to the world at large, demonstrating that Cherokee language and culture continues to thrive in modern society. Founded in 2000, the group has recorded numerous audio CDs. Choir members act as ambassadors, their beautiful and energetic voices uniting to show the strength of the Cherokee Nation and culture more than 160 years after its forced removal from its eastern homelands.


Chicago A Cappella

Chicago a cappella is a classical vocal ensemble that moves the heart and spirit with fun, innovative concerts. Founded by Jonathan Miller in 1993, Chicago a cappella is recognized as one of the area's most accomplished and innovative vocal ensembles. Spanning a repertoire from Gregorian chant to the Beatles and beyond, the group is known for its performances of early music, vocal jazz, and spirituals, as well as a special focus on music written in the present generation. The ensemble has introduced dozens of works to Chicago audiences for the first time, including commissioned works by Chen Yi and Tania Leon.


Chicago Children's Choir

In 1956 during the Civil Rights Movement, the late Christopher Moore founded the multiracial, multicultural Chicago Children's Choir at Hyde Park's First Unitarian Church. He believed that youth from diverse backgrounds could better understand each other-and themselves-by learning to make beautiful music together. Today's Choir is fully independent and serves all of Chicago from its home in the Chicago Cultural Center. Christopher Moore's vision of a choir combining high artistic standards with a social purpose continues to define the Choir's mission. The Choir currently serves more than 2,800 children, ages 8-18 through choirs in 45 schools, after-school programs in 8 Chicago neighborhoods and the internationally acclaimed Concert Choir. Under Artistic Director Josephine Lee, the Choir has undertaken many highly successful national and international tours, received a Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award for the 2008 documentary Songs on the Road to Freedom, and has been featured in nationally broadcast television and radio performances, most recently on NBC's Today show and the 2007 PBS series From the Top: Live from Carnegie Hall.


Children's Chorus of Washington

Now in its 15th year Anniversary season, the Children's Chorus of Washington (CCW) has taken its place among the finest children's choral ensembles in the country, and is recognized for its program and artistic excellence. CCW comprises three performing ensembles and its 170 young singers, ages 9-18, represent over 100 public and private schools in the greater Washington, DC area.

In response to requests from parents, Founder and Artistic Director Joan Gregoryk established this outstanding performance-based choral music education program for children from the greater Washington area in 1996. In Europe, the tradition of children's choral music is centuries old. In the United States, the artistry embodied in the voices of children and the rich musical literature written for them has only been recently been recognized.


Choir of Clare College

Since the founding of a mixed voice choir in 1971, the Choir of Clare College has gained an international reputation as one of the leading university choral groups in the world. In addition to its primary function of leading services three times a week in the College chapel, the choir keeps an active schedule recording, broadcasting, and performing throughout the UK and the world. The choir has been fortunate to have had four very fine directors: Peter Dennison; John Rutter; Timothy Brown; and since 2010, Graham Ross.

The choir has toured widely, including in Europe, the United States of America, Japan, China, Russia, and the Middle East. In 2000 it became the first Oxbridge mixed choir to perform at the BBC Proms, singing Bach's St John Passion. The choir has collaborated with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in performances of Handel's Jephtha in Spain, Belgium, the UK and the USA under the direction of Rene Jacobs, and again in performances of Mozart's La clemenza di Tito under Edward Gardner, earning praise for 'thrillingly fresh and feisty singing'.


Choir of King's College, Cambridge

The Choir of King's College, Cambridge is one of the world's best known choral groups, and is the pre-eminent representative of the great British church music tradition.

It is most famous for singing A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, the Christmas Eve service that the BBC has broadcast since 1928, and that millions listen to worldwide. In 2009 the US Library Of Congress added a broadcast of the service to the National Recording Registry, an archive of 275 'culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant' recordings.

Henry VI (1421 - 1471) founded the Choir shortly after he founded the College in 1441. He created the Choir to sing daily services in his magnificent Chapel, and the Choir still exists primarily to sing these services. You are welcome to attend one of these services and hear the Choir sing.


Choir of the Moscow Patriarchate

The Russian Patriarchate Choir of Moscow was founded by Anatoly Grindenko in Trotse-Sergieva Lavra in 1983. Holding to tradition, the Choir consists of 12-13 members, who perform both in Russia (where it is an actual church choir) and internationally. The singers are dedicated scholars of the repertoire for male voices who led the way in the re-recovery of Orthodox church music in the late years of the Soviet Regime. At that time-when the government did not support the Choir's efforts-the group spent years decoding ancient manuscripts and giving the first performances of works that had lain in obscurity for centuries.


Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge

Trinity's Music Society (TCMS) is one of the largest and most active College societies in the University. There are regular programmes of recitals, chamber concerts and other musical events, with performances at lunchtime or in the evening. Opportunities are provided for all enthusiastic musicians; it is not necessary to be highly skilled to enjoy

Recently voted the 5th best choir in the world in Gramophone magazine's '20 Greatest Choirs', The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge comprises around thirty Choral Scholars (all of whom are ordinarily undergraduates of the College) under Director of Music, Stephen Layton.

The College's long and distinguished choral tradition dates back to the fourteenth century, when former Chapel Royal choristers studied in King's Hall, which later became part of Trinity College. The Choir's main focus during term is the singing of the liturgy in the College Chapel, exploring a wide-ranging repertoire drawn from both Catholic and Protestant traditions.


Chor Leoni

A rich full-bodied sound, innovative programming, technical precision, meticulous intonation, and versatility coupled with an ever-present commitment to the creation of new Canadian choral works are qualities that have catapulted Chor Leoni to national and international fame since its founding by Diane Loomer C.M. in 1992. Whether it be a sombre moment of reflection during a Remembrance Day performance or a joyful turn of comedic phrasing at a Summer Solstice show, Chor Leoni is renowned for reaching across the footlights and transforming the performance from 'concert' to 'conversation.' The lions live up to their name as they fearlessly move between musical genres, always aiming to communicate, engage, and entertain.

Selections from the choir's discography are heard regularly on national radio across North America. Their latest recording, Circle of Compassion, features music the choir has performed in recent Remembrance Day concerts, much of it commissioned by or arranged for Chor Leoni.

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