Cor Cantiamo is a touring chamber choir in residence at Northern Illinois University, founded with the mission to perform and promote contemporary choral music and foster new composers for the art form. Since their founding in the spring of 2009, the choir has emerged as an energetic and accomplished vocal ensemble, receiving accolades for their performances.

Future commissioning and recording projects that are on the horizon for Cor Cantiamo include the commissioning, premiere, and recording of The 7 Heavens by British composer James Whitbourn (Fall 2016), and the commissioning of a work by American composer Timothy Takach (premiere scheduled for spring 2017).


We are delighted to be heading back soon to the beautiful St. James Cathedral, Chicago, to perform our Spring 2017 concert on April 30.

We will be featuring a wide selection of choral music – old and new, sacred and secular, from 16th century composers, William Byrd and Thomas Tomkins, to current 21st century composers, Eric Whitacre, James Whitbourn, Cecilia McDowell, Stephen Paulus and more.

We will take you on a journey from transcendent praise, through darkness and hopeful flight, to Americana: returning home.

  • “Cor Cantiamo is an outstanding chamber choir and a committed champion of contemporary choral music. Under the baton of Eric Johnson the ensemble brilliantly performed several of my most challenging works. Maestro Johnson and Cor Cantiamo represent choral artistry at its finest and it was a distinct privilege to participate with this gifted conductor and splendid choir in concert.”

    Morten Lauridsen
  • “My experiences working with Eric have been incredible. I love the cohesiveness he creates with his singers. Eric’s passion and commitment to produce quality music was inspirational to me when composing for this outstanding ensemble.”

    Stacey Gibbs
  • “Cor Cantiamo is a relatively new but ambitious ensemble representing the kind of professional excellence in choral music examples of which are few and far between.”

    Jaakko Mäntyjärvi