Our accomplished singers represent a diverse group ranging in age from 16 to over 80 and are drawn from communities throughout the Carlisle 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 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, multicultural works, several works commissioned especially for us, and collaborations with other modes of performance, including local actors and dancers.
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.
Cantate Young Voices
Providing vocal instruction & performance opportunities
Cantate Young Voices, a part of Cantate Carlisle, is an auditioned and instructional component of our organization.
Each young singer receives individual vocal coaching as well as working with their peers to prepare musical selections to perform during our annual Spring concerts.
CANTATE means SING in Latin, and that’s what we love to do – SING!
We are proud to announce
SAVE the DATES: Details TBA
Winter Concerts – December 2 & 3, 2023
West Shore Symphony Orchestra collaboration – March 3, 2024
Bi-Annual Gala Celebration – April 5, 2024
Spring Concerts – May 4 & 5, 2024
Cantate Carlisle enjoys collaborating with local groups to enhance our productions and to participate in theirs.
Our joyful collaborations also extend to offering musical selections at local events.
Contact us to discuss contracting our singers for your next event.
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.
Spring 2023 Digital Program
Stankiewicz brings her voice to Cantate Carlisle
Cantate Carlisle’s newest member of the Board of Directors is Ginny Stankiewicz. Ginny and I took a moment to share a meal and some conversation at One13Social. We covered all the topics of family, education, volunteer work, and Cantate. It was truly a pleasure to have the opportunity to get to know Ginny, and now, Read More
Spacelover Headlines Voices in Partnership Reception
Starting at 6pm on May 13, just before the Cantate Carlisle “Stories in Song” Concert, Spacelover, comprised of Meredith Andrews & Fritz Horstman, will present their original “experimental folk” music for guests of the Voice in Partnership (VIP) reception to be held at the Cumberland County Historical Society.
Can you SPY what we did last summer?
OUR MISSION: Almost exactly one year ago, Cantate Carlisle members poured themselves into truly evaluating the group’s mission and formulated a new mission statement. It’s on the front page of our website and displayed at our events. Board members even have it on a coffee mug as a reminder of what we are all about, Read More
Elizabeth Kammerer’s beautiful life
From New Jersey to Hawaii, Mrs. Elizabeth Kammerer has carried her love of music to children – her own and the students with whom she has worked. Kammerer was raised in New Jersey in a home filled with song. Her mother was hired as a church soloist at only 11 years old. She passed this Read More
A Word from Cantate President, Taylor Andrews
Cantate Carlisle’s Board President, Taylor Andrews, is a master of both hospitality and entertainment. His years of involvement as a singer and Board member have not diminished his enthusiasm for choral music, rehearsals, and all the management that comes with being president of the organization’s board.
Andrews remains “extremely excited to be singing LIVE with Michelle [DiBona Trefren].”
Christina Benson, our VP with the gift of service.
Anyone who has been around Cantate Carlisle’s events and meetings knows Christina Benson. They know the quiet smile, the thoughtful feedback, the list of completed tasks. But there is so much more to this woman who gives selflessly to Cantate and her community. It was an honor to share some time with her and learn more about the person behind the role of Board VP.
No matter what your age Cantate offers something for EVERYONE!
Consider some of the ways to get involved with great music in Carlisle!
Meet our musical experts
Director of Cantate
Thank You For Your Support!
Cantate Carlisle thanks the following organizations and individuals for their assistance
Carlisle Theatre | Chorus America | Dickinson College | Erickson Financial | Second 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