Cor Cantiamo is a touring chamber choir in residence at Northern Illinois University, founded with a mission to perform and promote contemporary choral music and foster new composers for the art form. Since their inception in 2009, the choir has emerged as an energetic and accomplished vocal ensemble, receiving accolades for their performances. The ensemble has commissioned new works from composers such as Sir John Tavener, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, and Stacey Gibbs; forthcoming commission projects include collaborations with some of the foremost choral composers of our time, including James Whitbourn, Timothy Takach, and Jake Runestad. Cor Cantiamo’s first commercial album, Canticum: Choral Music of Jaakko Mäntyjärvi , was released in 2014 by Centaur Records.
In partnership with SDG Music Foundation, Cor Cantiamo has presented the U.S. premieres of Bless the Lord , o my soul by Ukrainian-born composer Galina Grigorjeva, and Psalm 141 by British composer Gavin Bryars, along with the world premiere of Psalm 10 by Swiss composer Richard Dubugnon. In the summer of 2014, Cor Cantiamo partnered with SDG to record the Psallite album, with Abbey Road Studio Grammy Award-winning engineers.
Cor Cantiamo maintains an active concert series, performing throughout the central United States on collegiate and community concert series. The ensemble has performed at the American Choral Directors Association Central Division Convention and has been the featured professional choir for the Michigan Choral Directors Association State Conference. The ensemble also sponsors educational outreach programs for area school music programs such as the All-State audition clinics and the Masterworks Project, a program designed to partner aspiring high school vocalists with professional singers in the performance of choral/orchestral masterworks.