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).


Cor Cantiamo Masterworks Project 2017

We are pleased to present our second Masterworks Project: Mozart’s Requiem. This project is an educational outreach program established to introduce aspiring high school singers to choral/orchestral masterworks in a professional setting.

This year, Cor Cantiamo is working with LaSalle-Peru Township High School and Mendota High School. During the project the high school choirs have the opportunity to rehearse and perform side by side with the professional singers of Cor Cantiamo. During the rehearsal process, members of Cor Cantiamo provide individualized mentoring of the high school students regarding all matters ranging from rehearsal etiquette to life as a professional singer.

The final outcome of the project will be a performance of Mozart’s Requiem, presented by the combined forces of Cor Cantiamo and the LaSalle-Peru and Mendota choirs. We hope you can join us for this special event!

  • “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