Called “the premier men’s vocal ensemble” by Fanfare Magazine and a group with a sound that has both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power” (Washington Post ), Cantus performs more than 70 concerts each year both in the U.S. and abroad. It is one of the few full-time men’s ensembles in the country.
Their selections range from Renaissance music to pieces written in the 21st century. Cantus singers work without a conductor and rehearse and perform as chamber musicians. They have appeared with the St. Paul Chamber orchestra, the Boston Pops, James Sewell Ballet, and the Minnesota Orchestra. Cantus has released 15 albums on its own self-titled label.
Along with their full concert schedule, members of Cantus find time to work with more than 5,000 students each year in master class and workshop settings. They also conduct a residency program at the University of Minnesota School of Music. “At the heart of our mission is the desire to spread a love of singing to people of all ages,” says the group on its website.
“Our goal is to reinvigorate singers and provide useful, practical knowledge of how to make choral music a vital and engaging part of people’s lives.”
Members of Cantus: Aaron Humble, tenor; Paul J. Rudoi, tenor; Gary Ruschman, tenor; Shahzore Shah, tenor; David Walton, tenor; Adam Reinwald, baritone; Matthew Tintes, baritone; Chris Foss, bass; and Timothy C. Takach, bass.
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