Cantus High School Residency

Every year, Cantus brings its collaborative style of music-making at no cost to three high school choirs in the Twin Cities metro area.  The Cantus High School Residency was awarded the Chorus America Education Outreach Award in 2011. The residency is a multi-faceted, year-long program which includes:

  • Master classes and collaborations with the singers of Cantus at each high school during their normal class period;
  • A free in-school concert for the high school;
  • Free tickets to Cantus home concerts (fall, spring, June “Covers”);
  • A “Festival” day where schools and directors work together to rehearse and learn;
  • A culminating concert in spring 2020 featuring the high school choirs and Cantus.

Cantus will work closely with the choral directors to determine repertoire and schedules. It is expected that Cantus will be in the choir room approximately 3-4 times a year as school and touring schedules allow. The singers of Cantus spread their love of singing by working with choir students and directors to improve vocal skills and expand choral repertoire.

 This program is offered completely free-of-charge to participating schools. Other FAQ:

  • Three schools are chosen from applications: one in the urban Twin Cities, one in the suburban Metro and one in the exurban Metro. Cantus will travel a maximum of one hour (via Google maps) to reach your school.
  • An application consists of the cover sheet, a recent recording of your choir and three letters of support from students, parents and the school administration.

The application deadline for the 2019–2020 school year is November 30, 2018.

Download the application form here:        PDF    Word Doc

Participating Schools:

2018-2019: Monticello High School, East Ridge High School, Minneapolis Southwest High School
Fridley High School, Minneapolis South High School, New Prague High School
Johnson Senior High, St. Michael-Albertville High School, Washburn High School
Champlin Park High School, Osseo High School and Robbinsdale-Cooper High School
2014-2015: Dassel-Cokato High School, Irondale High School, Minnehaha Academy
2013-2014: Andover High School, St. Michael-Albertville High School, South High School (Minneapolis)
2012-2013: Braham Area High School, Chanhassen High School, Southwest High School (Minneapolis)
2011-2012: Central High School (St. Paul), Hopkins High School, Jordan High School
2010-2011: Farmington High School, Mounds Park Academy (St. Paul), Park High School (Cottage Grove)
2009-2010: Armstrong High School (Plymouth), Cambridge-Isanti High School, South High School
2008-2009: Como Park High School (St. Paul), Minnetonka High School, St. Peter High School

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.  Additional support comes from Twin Cities Opera Guild, Driscoll Family Foundation, Cantus Alumni Fund for the Cantus High School Residency and donors at our Cantus Idol Fundraiser.