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Limited openings for well-trained and highly experienced choral singers--all voice parts welcome, but in special need of tenors. For a preview of our 2019-2020 season, please visit For information, please call (301) 986-1799. Phone inquiries only, please – no e-mails.
Cantate is excited to begin a new chapter with its 35th Season (2019-2020) when Victoria Gau becomes our third music director. Lauded by critics for her “strong sense of style and drama” (The Washington Post) and her “enthusiastic and perceptive conducting”, Ms. Gau brings a wide range of musical experience and expertise to her work. In addition to her appointment as Music Director of Cantate beginning in Fall 2019, she is Artistic Director and Conductor of the Capital City Symphony (DC), and Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Takoma Ensemble (MD), and recently completed a 9-year tenure as Associate Conductor and Director of Education for the National Philharmonic (MD). Orchestral guest conducting includes the Alexandria (VA) Symphony, Akron (OH) Symphony, the Friday Morning Music Club Orchestra, and the Kennedy Center Messiah Sing-Along. She is the former Conductor and Music Director of the Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra in Richmond, VA.

About the organization: Founded in 1984 by Phyllis Isaacson and under the artistic direction of Gisèle Becker from 1994 to 2019, Maryland-based Cantate Chamber Singers is one of the Washington, D.C., area’s premier chamber choral ensembles. Its 30-40 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.

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’ Contest and the establishment of the Guenther Fund to underwrite choral commissions.

Cantate Chamber Singers is supported by individual donations, and by grants from the The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, the Maryland State Arts Council, and The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts.