Cantata Singers, Inc.
729 Boylston Street, Suite 405
Boston, MA 02116
A singular desire to bring to Boston’s listeners music that isn’t being heard anywhere else has inspired
Cantata Singers’ programming for 55 years.
In 1964, that music included the cantatas of J.S. Bach. When Cantata Singers was founded, live performances of Bach cantatas were quite a rarity. In fact, Cantata Singers’ early concerts
featured first Boston performances of many of the cantatas.
Bach’s music, from the cantatas to the Passions, remains an essential part of Cantata Singers’ repertoire. However, the ensemble’s repertoire has expanded to include music from the 17th
century to today. Cantata Singers has commissioned 14 works for choir and
orchestra—including one that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music—and has
presented more than fifty Boston premieres of music both old and new.
Many of Boston’s most talented musicians perform regularly with Cantata Singers. The chorus is made up of singers who have careers as musicians, educators, doctors, and architects. Many
appear as soloists with Cantata Singers, as well as with other highly respected
organizations; some conduct other choruses and orchestras. Although many of our
musicians perform actively as solo singers, they choose to sing with Cantata
Singers because of the reward they find in performing music of the choral canon
at the highest possible level.
Cantata Singers audiences return year after year to hear fresh visions of iconic music, or an intriguing
unfamiliar work that is—in fact—quite approachable. Each Cantata Singers
concert is often surprising, sometimes challenging, always beautiful, and