Cantate: About Us

CANTATE, under the direction of Victoria Gau since 2019, is one of the Washington, D.C., area’s premier choral organizations. Its flagship ensemble, Cantate Chamber Singers, with 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. (Please visit the Reviews page.) In 2021, a second, larger ensemble, Cantate Concert Choir, was launched.

Cantate fosters a tradition of innovative programming, creative outreach and collaborative performances with such ensembles as Bowen-McCauley Dance Company, Afro Blue, the Maryland State Boychoir, Folger Consort and Eclipse Chamber Orchestra. A two-time recipient of the Choralis Foundation’s Ovation Award for Innovative Programming, Cantate is committed to the commissioning and performance of new choral music, both through its biennial Young Composers’ Competition and the establishment of the Guenther Fund to underwrite choral commissions. Cantate was founded in 1984 by Phyllis Isaacson and lead musically by Gisèle Becker from 1994 to 2019.

Our Ensembles

Our Staff

Our Board

P.O. Box 11433
Takoma Park, Md. 20913
(301) 986-1799

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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