Let’s celebrate 30 years together – buy your Gala tickets before they sell out!


Cantate Carlisle has many reasons to celebrate—more than 30 years contributing to the Carlise arts community, the retirement of its founder and artistic director for 30 years, Cheryl Parsons, the arrival of its new artistic director, Michelle Trefren, and most especially, its supportive community. It will all come together at an event two years in the making; Cantate Carlisle’s 30th Anniversary Gala Cabaret Night is set for Friday, May 6, 2022.

“We are celebrating and thanking our singers, friends, sponsors for their 30+ years of support and loyalty–especially the past 2 years,” said Carol Williams, Cantate Carlisle Gala Chairperson.  We are looking forward to a memorable evening of  food, song, mingling, and a surprise or two.”

Cleveland, Ohio, native Benjamin Krumrieg will be the evening’s featured vocalist. With an MM from the University of Illinois School of Music, he is well-versed in opera, operetta, and musical theater. In addition, a few of the current Cantate singers will also perform their favorite pieces, adding to the fun of the evening while a jazz trio provides the ideal dinner music all evening long. 

Guests will enjoy an evening of heavy hors d’oeuvres, beverages (adult and nonalcoholic), and entertainment, and bidding on  their favorite items in the silent auction. It is all set to play out at the idyllic Farm 1840 in Mechanicsburg, Numerous items will be available for bidding and to go home with the lucky winners. One item of note is a gourmet dinner and wine pairing for a party of 8. David and Leann Erickson. It includes an evening of fine foods paired with exquisite wines, starting with a cocktail and an amuse-bouche followed by five spectacular courses. The winner can choose from French or Italian cuisine made from top quality ingredients. 

Another auction item includes a 55-minute online voice lesson with Carlisle High School graduate Laura Choi Stuart, prior voice student of Joan Boytim. Hailed as “a lyric soprano of ravishing quality” by the Boston Globe, Laura Stuart is Head of Vocal Studies at Washington National Cathedral and shares clear (fun) voice education at The Weekly Warm-Up (theweeklywarmup.com). The highest bidder will win one online voice lesson on any vocal/singing issue — breath, posture, resonance, tuning. No experience or repertoire is necessary and beginners are welcome. Ages 16 and older, please, no young children. 

“We have been waiting for this Gala for two years. This is now a long awaited fun event to celebrate the thirty years of leadership by our founder and former Artistic Director, Cheryl Parsons, and to welcome and also celebrate our talented new Artistic Director, Michelle Trefren.” Taylor P. Andrews, Singer and Board President. 

“After two years of waiting, we are ready to celebrate! Cheryl has left an inspiring legacy and it is an honor and joy to lead Cantate forward.  My goal and passion is to see that the choral arts continue strong.  Encouraging and supporting the young generation is at the top of my list to ensure the future of a high level of choral arts,” said Artistic Director Michelle Trefren.

The gala runs from 7-10 p.m. Dress is black tie optional. Seating is limited. For tickets and  information, visit https://cantatecarlisle.org/.

 About Cantate Carlisle: Cantate Carlisle is the Carlisle area’s premier adult choral ensemble. Its membership represents a diverse group ranging in age from 23 to 80 drawn from communities throughout the area. The group’s 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.

 About Cheryl Parsons: Cheryl Parsons founded Cantate Carlisle in 1990 with the mission of providing singers opportunities to perform a varied repertoire in the Carlisle community. She fostered a welcoming atmosphere embracing diversity in membership, repertoire and audiences. Parsons led the group in entertaining, inspiring and educating its audience.

About Michelle Trefren: A conductor/pianist/organist/vocalist, Trefren is a music educator with a passion for music literacy and artistic music-making. A graduate of Syracuse University, BM in Piano Performance, and of Westminster Choir College, MM in Conducting, she has continued her studies to include teacher training at Rider University, Teaching Kodaly, and summer chamber choir programs at Westminster Choir College.

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