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Cantate Carlisle:

A Premier
Adult Choral Ensemble

Our accomplished singers represent a diverse group ranging in age from 23 to 80 and are drawn from communities throughout the area. Their unifying factor is a passion for choral singing and a love of fine choral repertoire with its power to renew the soul, expand the mind, and to bring people together. Our hallmark is our thoughtful and eclectic programming which includes choral masterworks with orchestra, a cappella contemporary classics, folk songs, vocal jazz, Broadway arrangements, spirituals, multi-cultural works, and several works commissioned especially for us. Founded in 1990 by Cheryl Parsons, Cantate Carlisle continues under the direction of Michelle DiBona Trefren. We are proud to be the Resident Choir of the Carlisle Theatre.

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Calling all young singers

grades 4 through 8
in the area!

YOU are invited to join the youth choir called Cantate Young Voices, associated with Cantate Carlisle.
CANTATE means SING in Latin, and that’s what we love to do – SING!

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Coming this winter:

A Refrain of Gifts

: A Choral Celebration of International Holidays

When fall and winter are here, it is time to celebrate! Holidays and Festivals like Christmas, Chanuka, Kwanzaa, Diwali, and Winter solstice are celebrated with unique traditions. Our concert this season recognizes the intangible gifts that each holiday has to offer; these gifts repeat like a refrain across the cultures.

Come join the refrain!

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Coming this spring:

Stories in Song

Cantate Carlisle and Cantate Young Voices will delight the audience with…

…stories of labor.
…stories with laughter.
…stories of adversity.
…stories of triumph.
…stories of grief.
…stories of love.
…folk tales and fantasy…

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Cantate Carlisle:
A Premier Adult Choral Ensemble

Our accomplished singers represent a diverse group ranging in age from 23 to 80 and are drawn from communities throughout the area. Their unifying factor is a passion for choral singing and a love of fine choral repertoire with its power to renew the soul, expand the mind, and to bring people together. Our hallmark is our thoughtful and eclectic programming which includes choral masterworks with orchestra, a cappella contemporary classics, folk songs, vocal jazz, Broadway arrangements, spirituals, multi-cultural works, and several works commissioned especially for us. Founded in 1990 by Cheryl Parsons, Cantate Carlisle continues under the direction of Michelle DiBona Trefren.  We are proud to be the Resident Choir of the Carlisle Theatre.

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Auditions for Cantate Young Voices

Cantate Young Voices (CYS) is hosting auditions for the 2023 season! CYS is an auditioned choir for students in grades 4 through 8. Each singer receives individualized vocal coaching in preparation for their auditions, with auditions being held by appointment in November. Young singers benefit from music education, the opportunity to perform on the Cantate Read More

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Seeking Cantate Young Voices Associate Director

Cantate Carlisle is excited to offer vocal instruction to the youth in our community, culminating in performances with our our adult choir. YOU could be the perfect addition to our team as the Associate Director of Cantate Young Voices – an auditioned choir for students in grades 4 through 8. The successful candidate should possess Read More

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Listen to Cantate!

During this time of fewer musical concerts, we decided to post some music from our past concerts for you to listen to in the safety and comfort of your home. Come listen to a wide variety of music brought to you by Cantate Carlisle! https://cantatecarlisle.org/listen-to-cantate-carlisle/

Get Involved

No matter what your age Cantate offers something for EVERYONE!
Consider some of the ways to get involved with great music in Carlisle!

Thank You For Your Support!

Cantate Carlisle thanks the following organizations and individuals for their assistance

Carlisle Theatre   |   Chorus America   |   Dickinson College  |   Erickson Financial  |   First Presbyterian Church   |   G.B. Stuart Foundation  |   IBM  |   Jacqueline L. Powell & Associates  |   Jump Street  |   Merck & Co  |   Pennsylvania Council on the Arts  |   St. John’s Episcopal Church  |   Thrivent Financial  |   Valley Grange  |   Whistlestop Bookshop | Carlisle United Methodist Church