Cor Cantiamo’s annual ILMEA District 8 Audition Workshop gives high school students the opportunity to rehearse and refine all the skills needed to pass the very selective ILMEA audition process. Cor Cantiamo offers this workshop as part of their educational mission to promote the creation, performance and appreciation of choral music in young musicians.
This one-day workshop offers guidance, constructive criticism, skill refining and encouragement. The workshop includes a rehearsal of the District 8 musical selections with the members of the ensemble, as well as sectionals and additional help with scales, triads and sight-singing. Each participant is also given the opportunity to run through a mock audition modeled after the formal audition process.
The next ILMEA District 8 Audition Workshop will take place in the fall of 2020.


The Masterworks Project is Cor Cantiamo’s largest annual educational outreach program designed to introduce high school choral students to choral/orchestral masterworks in a professional setting.
Throughout the course of this project, high school choral students have the opportunity to rehearse and perform a large choral/orchestral work side-by-side with the professional musicians of Cor Cantiamo, and work under the direction of the ensemble’s founding artistic director, Dr. Eric A. Johnson.
Recent Masterworks Project performances include Edward Elgar’s Sea Pictures, arranged by Donald Fraser (Yorkville High School, 2020), The Seven Heavens by James Whitbourn (Oak Lawn Community High School and Alan B. Shepard High School, 2019), The Lord Nelson Mass by Franz Joseph Haydn (Vernon Hills High School, 2018), and Requiem by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Lasalle-Peru High School and Mendota High School, 2017).
If you would like your high school ensemble to participate in the Masterworks Project, or if you are interested in hosting a clinic with Cor Cantiamo’s artistic director, please contact Dr. Eric Johnson at:
“It was a wonderful experience and I wish that I had the opportunity to do it again next year! I feel like I personally improved as a singer and my musical awareness has been increased. It was also really cool to be in an ensemble with professionals and to watch them perform. It was an amazing concert!”
-Mendota High School Senior and 2017 Masterworks Project Participant