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“Listening to Cantus, you understand that there’s something about a group of people singing that touches listeners on a very human level.”


“Cantus is an environment which really encourages musical exploration and wants people to push their boundaries and find new ways of doing things.”           – Joe Shadday (Tenor)



We are no longer taking applications for the 2016-2017 season. Please check this space for information on auditioning for Cantus in the coming year. The copy below is for information only. 

Cantus is currently accepting audition materials from tenors, baritones and basses interested in joining the ensemble. Ensemble members are provided with annual 52-week contracts that include full-time salaries, benefits and six weeks of vacation. Based in Minneapolis, MN, Cantus tours an average of 13 weeks a year in addition to a home concert series, an active schedule of education outreach and an annual recording project.

Auditions for Cantus’ 2016-2017 season will take place in Minneapolis, MN, on Friday, February 26, 2016, following preliminary review of application materials and notification of finalists. Applications can be mailed or submitted electronically, and must be postmarked or uploaded by January 2, 2016. Finalists will be notified by January 15, 2016.

For a copy of the audition email, please click here.

Application submissions must include the following:

  • Application form:  This form can be used as a fillable PDF or printed out.  (Please note: some versions of Acrobat will not let you save the information in a fillable form.  If you are not able to save or print as a PDF, you may use this Word document.)
  • Cover Letter (pdf only)
  • Headshot (1MB or less for electronic submissions)
  • Resume (maximum of 2 pages, pdf only)
  • A collection of recordings (mp3 only) that include the following:
    • At least two (2) varying vocalises of your choice
    • Three (3) solo repertoire selections. At least one of these must be an aria. At least one of these must be in a language other than English.

To submit electronically (strongly preferred):

  • Go to (Password: cantussings)
  • Please put your last name on all file names (“yourlastname-resume.pdf”)
  • Please compress all files into one zipped file with the following title format: “”. This is preferred but files may also be uploaded individually.

To submit by mail, send all required materials in one packet to:

ATTN: Auditions
1201 Marquette Avenue S
Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55403

For additional answers to questions about working for or applying to Cantus, please click here.

Please write if you have any further questions. We look forward to your submission!