I Cantori

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I Cantori is a select chamber choir for students with advanced vocal potential and experience, and its members form the leadership core for Bel Canto (women’s chorus) and Die Meistersinger (men’s chorus). Eligible students make a commitment to the ensemble for the full academic year. Repertoire includes a broad stylistic range from diverse musical eras.

Performance Opportunities

Performance opportunities include off-campus tours as well as several on-campus concerts each semester.
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Rehearsals

Mabel Wood Hall 343, Tuesday & Thursday 5:00 - 6:15 pm.

Conductors Philosophy

"If this is your first experience singing with a choir, I’m just as thrilled—if not more—than if you came with years of training and experience. That’s how convinced I am of the power of great music to uplift and transform singer and audience alike." More about the conductor »

—Gennevieve Brown-Kibble 

Auditions

Auditions for I Cantori are held each fall for new students as well as former members. Sign-up sheets are posted outside of Mabel Wood Hall 327.

The Process

  • Before you come, warm up by humming or singing simple scales and melodies.
  • Arrive five minutes early to write a brief description of your musical experiences.
  • Vocalization: You’ll do basic scales and exercises that allow you to continue to warm up and help demonstrate your vocal range.
  • Sight singing: You’ll be given several short melodies to sing and rhythmic passages to clap, tailored to your level of experience.
  • Memory exercises: Short (4 to 8 note) sequences will be played on the piano, and you are to sing the sequence you hear.
  • Performance: You do not need to bring a prepared piece. Several well-known melodies (such as My Country, ‘Tis of Thee) will be available, and you are to sing the melody of one verse from the song of your choice.

Results will be discussed at the end of the audition.

Registration

Qualifying students register separately for I Cantori as well as Bel Canto or Die Meistersinger for a total of two credit hours.

  • Freshmen and sophomores register for MUPF 118—I Cantori
    and MUPF 119—Bel Canto or MUPF 158—Die Meistersinger
  • Juniors and seniors register for MUPF 318—I Cantori
    and MUPF 319—Bel Canto or MUPF 358—Die Meistersinger
2016-2017
Ubi Caritas from "Quatre Motets"   Maurice Duruflé
Beati Quorum Via  from "Three Motets"   Charles Villiers Stanford
Jubilate Deo   László Halmos
Pater Noster   Javier Busto
Domine Deus  from "Gloria"   Antonio Vivaldi
Exsultate Justi   Lodovico Viadana
Ding Dong! Merrily on High   16th-century French ? David Willcocks
Of the Father's Heart Begotten   Piae Cantiones, 1562 / David Willcocks
Open Thou Mine Eyes   John Rutter
Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown   Dmitri Bortniansky & Charles Wesley / Bruce Ashton
The Heart's Offering   Antony Baldwin
There is a Balm in Gilead   René Clausen
This is My Father's World   Franklin Sheppard & Maltbie Babcock / Roy Ringwald
We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace   A. L. Hatter / Moses Hogan
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring   Johann Sebastian Bach
I Dream a World from "Joy, Like a Pearl"   Ethan McGrath
Every Valley Shall Be Exalted  from "Joy, Like a Pearl"   Ethan McGrath
Lovest Thou Me?   Bruce Ashton
I'm Gonna Sing 'til the Spirit Moves in My Heart   Moses Hogan
Lonely Town from "On the Town"    Leonard Bernstein / Ethan McGrath
2015-2016
Sicut Cervus   Giovanni da Palestrina
Psalm 100   Heinrich Schütz
Like as the Hart Desireth the Waterbrooks   Herbert Howells
Lift Thine Eyes (Elijah)   Felix Mendelssohn
O Lord God   Pavel Tchesnokov
Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us   Dorothy A. Thrupp / Fred Bock
My God is a Rock   Spiritual / Alice Parker & Robert Shaw
Deep River   Spiritual / Anders Paulsson
The Beatitudes   Vladimir Martynov
The Lord is My Shepherd   Thomas Matthews
The Word Was God   Rosephanye Powell
The Invitation   Ethan McGrath
Call to Prayer and Response   David Orvek
More Holiness Give Me   P. P. Bliss / Ronald Staheli
The Glory of the Father   Egil Holland
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty   Hugo Distler
Not One Sparrow is Forgotten   William Hawley
Beau Soir   Claude Debussy
Dirait-On (Les Chansons des Roses)   Morten Lauridsen
Rest   Ralph Vaughan Williams
The Lamb (Three Blake Songs)   Matthew  Harris
Tiger (Three Black Songs)   Matthew Harris
He's Gone Away   Traditional / Robert Shaw & Alice Parker
The Girl I Left Behind Me   Traditional / Patti Brennan
Under the Greenwood Tree   David Willcocks
Five Nursery Rhymes   Ralph Hunter
2014-2015
Nun danket alle Gott   Johann Pachelbel
Holy God We Praise Thy Name   Ignaz Franz / John Ferguson
Seek the Lord   René Clausen
For the Beauty of the Earth   Philip Stopford
A Prayer of St. Patrick   John Rutter
Pilgrim’s Hymn   Stephen Paulus
Come, Come Ye Saints   The Sacred Harp, 1844
For All the Saints   Englebert / Charles V. Stanford
Ain’t Got Time to Die   Hall Johnson
Soon Ah Will Be Done/I Wanna Die Easy   arr. Craig Hella Johnson
Salmo 150   Ernani Aguiar
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing   Robert Robinson / James Mulholland
Creator of the Stars of Night   Sarum Plainsong
Plenty Good Room   Kirby Shaw
I Will Arise   Southern Harmony /Alice Parker & Robert Shaw
Steal Away   Spiritual / Isaac Johnson
Dixit Dominus (The Sound of Music)   Richard Rodgers
Rex Admirabilis (The Sound of Music)   Richard Rodgers
Alleluia (The Sound of Music)   Richard Rodgers
Choral Selections (The Sound of Music)   Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein / Clay Warnick
Fa una canzona   Orazio Vecchi
It's a Grand Night for Singing (State Fair)   Richard Rodgers
Over Hill, Over Dale (Three Shakespeare Songs)   Ralph Vaughan Williams
The Cloud-Capp'd Towers (Three Shakespeare Songs)   Ralph Vaughan Williams
O Mistress Mine   Ethan McGrath
Io son la Primavera   William Hawley
Varied Thrushes (Due North)   Stephen Chatman
Yellow Bird   Norman Luboff / Dan Davison
How Can I Keep from Singing   Robert W. Lowry / Ronald Staheli
Sing Me to Heaven   Daniel E. Gawthrop
Aura Lee   W. W. Fosdick / Barbershop Harmony Society
Hard Times Come Again No More   Stephen Foster / Donald Moore
2013-2014
Vinea mea electa (Four Lenten Motets)    Francis Poulenc
Five Mystical Songs    Ralph Vaughan Williams
Arise Beloved    Rosephanye Powell
Over the Land is April    Ethan McGrath
Laudate Dominum   W.A. Mozart
The Old Church (Prairie Songs)   Stephen Paulus
Be Thou My Vision   John Rutter
Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree   Elizabeth Poston
Jesus Died on Calvary's Mountain   Alice Parker
O Vos Omnes   Blake R. Henson
The Lamb   John Tavener
Agnus Dei   Javier Busto
Wondrous Love   Steven Sametz
Peace (Shaker Songs)   arr. Kevin Siegfried
Love is Little (Shaker Songs)   arr. Kevin Siegfried
Lay Me Low (Shaker Songs)   arr. Kevin Siegfried
Heavenly Display (Shaker Songs)   arr. Kevin Siegfried
Benediction (Shaker Songs)   arr. Kevin Siegfried
Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal   Alice Parker
A Song of Heaven and Homeland   arr. Melvin West
Jubilate Deo   Guy Woolfenden
Blessed Be the Name of the Lord   Dale Grotenhuis
All That Hath Life and Breath Praise Ye the Lord!   René Clausen
O God, Beyond All Praising   Gustav Holst/Richard Proulx
Prayer is the Movement of Trust   J. Bruce Ashton
Holy Spirit, Gracious Guest   Grayston Ives
I Believe This is Jesus   Undine Moore
In the Bleak Midwinter   Gustav Holst
Zither Carol   arr. Malcolm Sargent
2012-2013
Cantique de Jean Racine    Gabriel Fauré
Richte Mich, Gott    Felix Mendelssohn
O Taste and See    Ralph Vaughan Williams
The Majesty and Glory of Your Name    Tom Fettke
O Come, O Come Emmanuel/Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child    David Cherwien
My Song in the Night    arr. Paul Christiansen
There's a Light A-Comin'    David Lantz III
He's Gone Away    Alice Parker/Robert Shaw
Chindia    Alexandru Pascanu
This is My Song (Finlandia)    Jean Sibelius
Duerme Negrito    Robert DeCormier
Russian Picnic    Harvey Enders
The Blue Bird, Op. 119, No. 3    Charles Villiers Stanford
Waters Ripple and Flow    Deems Taylor
All My Trials    Norman Luboff
Two Scottish Love Songs    Ethan McGrath
The Earth Adorned    Waldemar Ahlen
Kpanlongo    Derek Bermel
2011-2012
Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe    Felix Mendelssohn
Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge     Ralph Vaughan Williams
Nunc Dimittis    Ethan McGrath
Wedding Cantata    Daniel Pinkham
Hold On!    Eugene Thamon Simpson
Fare Thee Well Love    Jimmy Rankin/arr. Mulholland
Lay a Garland    Robert Pearsall
We Shall Overcome    arr. Farley Smith
Sing We Merrily Unto God Our Strength    Sidney Campbell
How Great Thou Art    S. Gordon Jessop
Verleih' uns Frieden    Felix Mendelssohn
Ubi Caritas    Maurice Durufle
As the Apple Tree    Ethan McGrath
My Lord, What a Mornin'    Harry T. Burleigh
Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us With Your Love    Ghana Folk Song
The Road Home    Stephen Paulus
Three Madrigals    Emma Lou Diemer
2010-2011
Abendstandchen     J.S. Bach
Quand j'ai oui le tambourin     Claude Debussy
Ziguenerleben    Robert Schumann
Les Misérables Medley    arr. Ed Lojeski
Ubi Caritas    Morten Lauridsen
We Gather Together    Stephen Paulus
Beati Quorum Via    C.V. Stanford
Like As the Hart Desireth the Waterbrooks    Herbert Howells
In Thee is Gladness  

 Giovanni Giacomo Gastoldi & Daniel Kallman

Climbin' Up the Mountain    Moses Hogan
Deep River    Anders Paulsson
Let My Prayer Come Up Into Thy Presence    Henry Purcell & Sir Frederick Bridge
Evening Prayer    Engelbert  Humperdinck & Phil Mattson
Come Peace of God    Eugene Butler
I Lay My Sins on Jesus    Allen W. Foster
Now the Day is Over    Joseph Barnby
The Day Thou Gavest    Clement Scholefield
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling    John Rutter
The Lord is My Shepherd    John Rutter
Praise the Lord    Ralph Johnson
Wondrous Love    Steven Sametz
I Lay My Sins on Jesus    Allen Foster
All Praise to Thee (Tallis Canon)    Thomas, Tallis
Now the Day is Over    Joseph Barnby
2009-2010
West Side Story (Selections)    Bernstein & William Stickles
Due North    Stephen Chatman
Porgy & Bess Medley    George Gershwin & Clay Warnick
Let No Sad Thought Oppress Thee    Johannes Brahms
Create in Me, O God    Johannes Brahms
Exsultate Justi    Lodovico Viadana
I Sat Down Under His Shadow    Edward Bairstow
Singet dem Herrn    Johann Pachelbel
Hear My Prayer, O Lord    Henry Purcell
The Lord Bless You and Keep You    John Rutter
O Lord God    Pavel Tchesnokov
The Lord's Prayer    Antony Arensky
Plorate Filii Israel    Giacomo Carissimi
Lux Aurumque    Eric Whitacre
Wondrous Love    Steven Sametz
Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown    Bruce Ashton
My Shepherd Will Supply My Need    Virgil Thompson
I Love the Lord    Ronald Staheli
The King of Love My Shepherd Is    Mack Wilberg
O God Beyond All Praising    Richard Proulx
I'm Gonna Sing 'Til the Spirit Moves in My Heart    Moses Hogan
Steal Away    Isaac Johnson
 Give Me Jesus    Larry Fleming
2008-2009
Shirei Shabbat    Theodore Morrison
Ubi Caritas    René Clausen
Sing Me to Heaven    Daniel Gawthrop
If Ye Love Me    Philip Wilby
Let Thy Holy Presence    Tchesnokov/Hopson
Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal    Shaw-Parker
Cry Out and Shout    Knut Nystedt
Goin' Up to Glory    André Thomas
Abide With Me: 'Tis Eventide    Crawford Gates
Stay With Us    Egil Hovland
When in Our Music God is Glorified    C.V. Stanford
Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us    Fred Bock
Jesus, Lead the Way    Richard Proulx
Breathe on Me, Breath of God    Jonathan Willcocks
How Can I Keep From Singing?    Ronald Staheli
Sometimes a Light Surprises    Holst/Mark Hill
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing    James Mulholland
Set Me As A Seal    René Clausen
Look What Dey Doin' to Jesus    Richard Jackson
All That Hath Life and Breath Praise Ye the Lord!    René Clausen
Jesus Died On Calvary's Mountain    Alice Parker
Shenandoah    James Erb
Sure On This Shining Night    Samuel Barber
 Somewhere    Bernstein/Edgerton
2007-2008
Wedding Cantata    Daniel Pinkham
Ziguenerlieder    Johannes Brahms
What Sweeter Music    John Rutter
 Bogoroditse Devo    Sergei Rachmaninov
Pater Noster    Javier Busto
How Excellent is Thy Name    Eugene Butler
With a Voice of Singing    Kenneth Jennings
Seek the Lord    René Clausen
Beautiful Savior    Melius Christiansen
The Heart's Offering    Anthony Baldwin
We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace    Moses Hogan
For Ye Shall Go Out With Joy    Randall Thompson
The Paper Reeds By the Brooks    Randall Thompson
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty    Hugo Distler
O Taste and See    Ralph Vaughan Williams
Kyrie Eleison    Felix Mendelssohn
The Water is Wide    Luigi Zaninelli & Lara Hoggard
Love is Life    Jackson Hill
The Earth Adorned    Jennings/Ahlén
Io Son la Primavera    William Hawley