Cantate seeks experienced volunteer singers who welcome the challenge of performing extraordinary repertoire in a high-level ensemble. Though we are currently auditioning tenors and basses only for our 2023-2024 season, sopranos and altos are welcome to apply for the waiting list.

Cantate Chamber Singers, with approximately 32 auditioned, experienced singers are regularly hailed for artistically exciting, innovative performances of newly commissioned and rarely heard choral works, as well as celebrated classics from the traditional repertoire spanning five centuries. The ensemble rehearses Tuesday evenings in Bethesda. In the 2023-2024 season, this ensemble will perform four concerts on Saturday evenings. Please click HERE to submit an audition request. 

Cantate Concert Choir, a larger vocal ensemble committed to musical excellence and to enriching the musical life of our community through concerts, outreach, and education, sings a broad range of musical styles and may perform alone, jointly with the Cantate Chamber Singers, or in collaboration with other area ensembles. The ensemble rehearses Sunday evenings in downtown Silver Spring. In 2023-2024, this ensemble will perform two Saturday evening concerts on Cantate’s regular season and participate in two collaborations with area orchestras. Please click HERE to submit an audition request. 

Cantate staff will reach out to you when season auditions are scheduled to arrange an audition. If you have any questions, please contact Cara Schaefer, Executive Director, at

Lift Every Voice (LEV) is a paid fellowship for a quartet of pre-professional BIPOC Singers, who will support the Concert Choir on the April 27, 2024 concert, “Peace and Light.” In this pilot semester, LEV fellows will also receive additional career support in the form of resume coaching, private vocal coaching as appropriate, and a masterclass focused on oratorio performance. Applications remain open at this time for tenors only. Read more about Lift Every Voice and find the application HERE.

Masking: As of Feb 9, 2023, Cantate Chamber Singers has moved to a mask-optional policy for performers in rehearsals and concerts.  Cantate Concert Choir expects to move to a mask-optional policy by the end of February.  All singers are required to be fully vaccinated.  Cantate staff and the board of directors will monitor the local public health (MoCo Covid dashboard) metrics and adjust the policy as needed in the future.

Cantate, a nonprofit corporation under §501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, the Maryland State Arts Council, and The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts.
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