Our Vision of Excellence: Cantate Chamber Singers is Maryland's premier chamber ensemble, dedicated to artistically exciting performances of distinctive choral music throughout the Washington metropolitan area.
Our Mission: Cantate Chamber Singers increases awareness and appreciation of sacred and secular works through promotion of local talent, innovative programming, creative educational outreach, and collaborative performances with other area artists and ensembles.
In its 27th season and under the artistic direction of Gisèle Becker since 1994, Cantate Chamber Singers attracts many of the area's finest choral musicians. Cantate performs a broad range of great Western choral literature of the past five centuries and is recognized as one of the Washington area's outstanding interpreters of Baroque choral music. Cantate is also known for its adventuresome programming, especially of 20th and 21st century music, and for commissioning and premiering new works. Its biennial Young Composers' Contest seeks to encourage emerging composing talent from around the nation. Its audiences are often treated to first hearings of neglected choral masterpieces. Cantate's virtuoso performances are offered in smaller local venues with the goal of the greatest possible intimacy between performers and audience, enhanced with outstanding professional guest instrumentalists and soloists.
Cantate's invited performances and collaborations have included: