MAIN EVENTS

Our 2017-2018 Season culminated with our world premiere of Dominick DiOrio’s work, “When Did We See You?” on May 20th, 2018 in St. James Cathedral, Chicago.

Words from our audience: “I can’t sing loud enough praises about the beautiful music performed by Cor Cantiamo this afternoon. Such stylistic diversity and vocal control- it was truly spectacular.”
~ Devin Johnston, Music Director.

Our new 2018-2019 Season begins this Fall, with a High School Workshop in September, two concerts in October in Freeport and DeKalb and a concert in November in Northbrook.  For a list of our FALL EVENTS 2018, please select our EVENTS TAB above, 

More details about these and the rest of our 2018-2019 Season will be announced soon.

ABOUT

Cor Cantiamo is a professional 24-voice touring choral ensemble, conceived and initiated in 2009 by Dr. Eric A. Johnson, esteemed Director of Choral Activities at Northern Illinois University. The ensemble is comprised of professional musicians in the Chicagoland and Northern Illinois area brought together by a love of fine choral music. The group’s vision is to perform contemporary choral compositions of the highest quality and promote the continued creation and success of such compositions and the composers who write them.

“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

“Cor Cantiamo is… an ambitious ensemble representing the kind of professional excellence in choral music examples of which are few and far between.”
   ~ Jaakko Mäntyjärvi

“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… welcomes contemporary repertoire into their programming seamlessly and with open arms. I can only hope that as many composers as possible get the chance to write for this ensemble – their music will be treated so well.”
~ Timothy Takach.

This video below is an overview of our work:  For more videos of our live performances, and details of our recorded CD albums, please select the MUSIC tab above.
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  • “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