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The “engaging” (New Yorker) men’s vocal ensembleCantus 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. The Philadelphia Inquirer called the group nothing short of “exquisite.”

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 2018-19 touring programAlone Together, Cantus explores what it means to connect in a modern world where our ability to communicate has never been easier or more advanced, but where the rifts between nations, among communities, and in individual relationships only seem to widen. The program is anchored by three works written for Cantus by Steven Sametz, David Lang anda new, multi-movement work byLibby Larsen,commissioned byMusic Accord andwritten specifically around themes of technology and connection in our modern world. The program – also weaving in music byJennifer Higdon, Laura Mvula, McCartney and Lennon, Saint-Saëns,Beethoven, Dave Matthews, Arcade Fire, and Sydney Guillaume – will be presented in 36 cities and 21 states and provinces including New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, California, Texas, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Michigan, Alberta and British Columbia.

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 both classical public radio nationwide and on SiriusXM Satellite Radio.  Cantus has released 18 recordings 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 and the Education Outreach Award. Cantus was also Artist in Residence on Minnesota Public Radio and on 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 eleventhyear, the award-winning High School Residency program brings Cantus into Minnesota schools several times a year for mentoring anda culminating public concert in the spring.

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News & Press Releases

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Cantus: The exquisite feel-good chorus maneuvered the Basilica acoustics


Video Webcast: Cantus and 'The Four Loves'

Emporia Gazette

Men's vocal ensemble Cantus explores 'The Four Loves'

Fargo Forum

A sweet-sounding homecoming: NDSU grad returns with vocal group

Daily Iowan

Hancher brings Cantus choral group to town


Cantus at The Barns at Wolf Trap

Houston Public Media

Classical Classroom, Episode 75: The Democracy Of Chamber Music With Cantus

St. Louis Post Dispatch

For Cantus, choral singing is a collaborative process

The New Yorker

The Art of the Voice: Music for the season at the Metropolitan Museum

San Jose Mercury News

Holiday preview: Classical performances


Music-theater piece 'All Is Calm’ puts human face on WWI

All About Jazz

Holiday 2014: A Cantus Christmas

The Sacramento Bee

At the Mondavi Center, ‘All is Calm’ dramatizes a WWI Christmas true

Christian B. Carey Blog

Cantus – A Harvest Home

St. Louis Post Dispatch

CD review: Cantus invites listeners to 'A Harvest Home'

Thomasville Times Enterprise

TEF performance to bring WWI event to life

Roanoke Star

Musical Performance Recounts Remarkable World War I Christmas Truce in No Man’s Land

Joplin Globe

Cantus presents program on hidden history

Tulsa World

Art, history combine in 'All is Calm' holiday performance from Cantus

Capital Public Radio

Sound Advice - Kent Teeters

Star Tribune

Cantus opens season, introduces new singers

Buffalo News

Listening Post: Brief reviews of discs by Lenny Kravitz, Jonas Kaufmann, Cantus, Al Kryszak and Steve Reich


New Releases: Autumnal Hymns, Beethoven and the 'Swedish Mozart'

All About Jazz

Cantus: A Harvest Home

The Daily Collegian

Male choir Cantus performs on campus

St. Louis Post Dispatch

Music review: Cantus offers fine singing, but not much passion

The Washington Post

Acappella choir Cantus offers a radio-drama-like re-creation in ‘Christmas Truce of 1914’


Cantus: Song of a Czech

Cleveland Classical

Review: Cantus opens 2013-2014 Tuesday Musical Series at E.J. Thomas Hall (September 24)

The Columbus Dispatch

Review | Cantus Vocal Ensemble weaves tapestry...

The New Yorker

Cantus: “No Greater Love Than This”


June 21: Cantus Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert


MetLiveArts presents Cantus: No Greater Love Than This on 11/9


Fall Preview from RDPR: Moser, Meyers, López, Mulligan, Cantus, Seraphic Fire, Tertulia, Dover Quartet

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