Cantate Chamber Singers premieres “Just One,” with music by Andrew Earle Simpson and text by Bert Ifill on March 6, 2022, at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, Md. The piece explores our emotional journey following the murder of George Floyd.
Cantate Chamber Singers, under the direction of Victoria Gau and accompanied on piano by Andrew Earle Simpson, performs “Sanctus” by Carlos Simon (b.1986) on October 24, 2021, in Bethesda, Md.

Britten Holiday CD Cover


In the footsteps of Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten—one of the 20th century’s most beloved holiday music staples—Cantate offers dazzling seasonal gems by Britten that deserve a wider audience. Highlights of the group’s adventurous new CD include the stunning Chorale after an Old French Carol and Christ’s Nativity, written—amazingly—when the composer was just 17. Eric Plutz, acclaimed University Organist at Princeton, is guest artist.

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Another major Cantate commission, Andrew Earle Simpson’s lushly romantic and visionary wedding oratorio A Crown of Stars celebrates love across history and world traditions. Gisèle Becker leads Cantate and chamber ensemble, soprano Lisa Edwards-Burrs, tenor Joseph Dietrich, and the infectious Maryland State Boychoir (Stephen Holmes, music director). Paired with Alfred Schnittke’s unforgettably haunting Requiem.

Hunting of the Snark CD Cover


You’ve never heard anything like Maurice Saylor’s playfully brilliant setting of Lewis Carroll’s epic nonsense poem 
The Hunting of the Snark. Gisele Becker conducts Cantate, the jazzy Snark Ensemble, and the Lower School Chorus of the Holton-Arms School. An endlessly inventive Cantate commission—hear why The Washington Post has called this piece “irresistible from start to finish.” Paired with witty new Snark Ensemble scores for silent movies.

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Cantate captured in live performance – a feast of soaring, virtuoso 20th century choral masterworks. Sunstone II features 20th century masterpieces of Benjamin Britten, Francis Poulenc, Zoltan Kodaly and William Schuman.