Cantate Carlisle

Cantate Carlisle:

A
Premier
Adult Choral Ensemble

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

Cantate Young Voices:

Providing vocal instruction & performance opportunities

for young singers grades
5 through 8!

Cantate Young Voices, a part of Cantate Carlisle, is an auditioned and instructional component of our organization.

If you LOVE to sing, we would LOVE to invite you to audition for Cantate Young Voices.

CANTATE means SING in Latin, and that’s what we love to do – SING!

2023-2024 Season

We are proud to announce

the
2023-2024
Season!

Please join us for our features performances.

Winter Concerts – December 2 & 3, 2023

West Shore Symphony Orchestra collaboration – March 3, 2024

Spring Concerts – May 4 & 5, 2024

Community Collaborations

Community Collaborations

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.

Winter 2023

Winter 2023

Music to celebrate that when we act heart-to-heart,
we see eye-to-eye.

Music brings us together.

Gather with us to enjoy a musical celebration of compassion, togetherness, and collaboration.
Our performance will bring joy, inspire us, and cause us to celebrate humanity.

Spring 2024

Spring 2024

YOLO* – Quick, We Have But a Second

*You Only Live Once

Cantate Carlisle and Cantate Young Voices will delight the audience with songs
about the immediacy of life and the joy in seizing the day.

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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.

Spring 2024

Cantate’s Spring Concerts will feature the collective voices of our auditioned singers from kindergarten through adult, and we are looking forward to seeing you there.

May 4 (7:30pm) and May 5 (3pm) at Carlisle Theatre

We encourage you to patronize our downtown restaurants before or after our concerts.

Buy Tickets Here!

Cantate Carlisle Welcomes Sue Baxter to our Board of Directors
Members & Board

Cantate Carlisle Welcomes Sue Baxter to our Board of Directors

Sue Baxter recently joined Cantate Carlisle’s Board of Directors and supports our events as the Hospitality Coordinator. Sue has lived in Carlisle for about thirty years and has two adult children – Megan and John. John is the father of her three beautiful grandchildren, ages 6, 5, and 2. Sue is a retired teacher, having Read More

Stankiewicz brings her voice to Cantate Carlisle
Members & Board | Newsletter

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
Celebrations | Community Events | Concerts

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?
Community Collaboration | Cantate Young Voices | Community Events | Education | Newsletter

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

A Word from Cantate President, Taylor Andrews
Newsletter | Members & Board | President’s Report

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].”

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  |   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