April 11, 2016 — I was steaming my tux in preparation for my Carnegie Hall debut and got a call asking if I would like to be a member of Cantus. To me, that’s a pretty great day!
Acclaimed as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare), Cantus engages audiences in a meaningful music experience and ensures the future of ensemble singing by mentoring young singers and educators. Cantus was founded on the ideals of collaborative music-making: The ensemble works together to reach new levels of artistic excellence, innovation and audience engagement. Our vision is to give voice to shared human experiences.
I would love to go back to Estonia with Cantus. I did my doctoral thesis on Estonian music and have since fallen in love with the singing culture and art over there.
As a member of Cantus, I want us to take a tour to Germany more than anywhere else. I’ve been studying German on Duolingo.com for about 3 months and would love to test my chops. Also, I love good beer!
I want people to know that as a company, Cantus could probably go head-to-head with any other company in a per-capita donut-eating contest.
The singers play a much larger role in the overall success of Cantus besides the singing portion. Cantus doesn’t have one music director, so the singers share those responsibilities.
Cantus is unlike any other vocal group you will see or hear. Every program we stage and each piece of music we perform has eight artists’ fingerprints on it.
I think it’s so important in our world to actively practice building healthy communication and relationships, and Cantus is an example of what that communication and collaboration can create.