Cor Cantiamo is a professional, 24-voice touring choral ensemble, founded with the mission to perform and promote contemporary choral music and foster new composers for the art form. Since their inception in the spring of 2009, the choir has emerged as an energetic and accomplished vocal ensemble, receiving accolades for their performances. Morten Lauridsen has praised the ensemble for presenting “choral artistry at its finest.”
Cor Cantiamo maintains an active touring concert season. Recent highlights include the 2018 Masterworks Outreach program at Vernon Hills High School in April 2018, the Illinois ACDA State Convention 2017, the Musica Viva Concert Series 2017, and regular events at NIU. Cor Cantiamo has performed multiple World and U.S. Premieres and works directly with composers around the world. The ensemble has developed an active and successful recording program. With an emphasis on recording contemporary works and collaborating with commissioned composers, Cor Cantiamo is establishing a significant artistic legacy.
Their first CD release, Canticum: Choral Music of Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (August 2014 Centaur Records), contains repertoire highlighting the profound compositional voice of Mäntyjärvi. This album also features Alarum Bells, a work commissioned by Dr. Johnson and premiered by Cor Cantiamo in 2012. Their second commercial release Psallite, (April 2016 Divine Arts), has received multiple positive reviews from magazines (Fanfare, American Record Guide) and leaders in the choral field, particularly noting the artistry and breadth of expression of the ensemble. During the summer of 2016, Cor Cantiamo recorded their third album, Psallite II, in partnership with Soli Deo Gloria Inc., and Abbey Road Studios, London. Their 4th CD was recorded in May 2017 and features choral works by James Whitbourn, with Cor Cantiamo’s commissioned work, the Seven Heavens being the titular recording.
Cor Cantiamo’s educational outreach objectives are continuing to come to fruition. The Masterworks project 2018 (Haydn: Lord Nelson Mass) was a huge success, partnering with the Vernon Hills and Adlai Stevenson High Schools The Masterworks project is an educational outreach program established to introduce aspiring high school singers to choral/orchestral masterworks in a professional setting. During the project the high school chamber choirs have the opportunity to rehearse and perform side by side with the professional singers of Cor Cantiamo.
Cor Cantiamo’s artistic activities are generously supported by private donors and the following foundations: Wurlitzer Foundation, The Douglas C. & Lynn M. Roberts Family Foundation, DeKalb County Community Foundation, DCNP-NGOLD Internship program, and the Cy Miller Family Foundation.
The name, Cor Cantiamo, was created from a fusion of Latin and Italian words. “Cor” means “choir” but also “heart”. “Cantiamo” means “let’s sing”, but also “amo” means “I love”. Together, our name means “We love to sing”, or, “We sing with heart”.