Cantores is a young choir that travels extensively around the south (and even to Australia) and has settled into a choral niche that makes it unique, vibrant and fun. We encourage participation in and enjoyment of choral music and to nurture high musical standards and build the capability, confidence and self-esteem of our members in music-making.
Our repertoire includes a wide variety of songs, ranging from spirituals, pop song arrangements to traditional Maori songs, from secular Schubert song cycles to religious masterpieces by Mozart, Handel and others. We sing for a variety of events on the Otago University campus or associations with the OUSA including: concerts and more concerts, OUSA Blues and Golds awards, collaborations with other groups and or societies, Student Balls, the Dunedin Fringe Festival, charity fundraisers, churches and rest homes.
In 2005, Cantores become an affiliated society of the Otago University Student Association (OUSA). Our membership always includes a significant number of international students. Many of these students are only here at Otago University for one semester, and Cantores provides a welcoming and purposeful community with which they can experience New Zealand. The choir strikes the perfect balance between focusing on musicality and friendly socialising.
An essential part of our existence is travel, and we always succeed in being admirable ambassadors for Otago University. In our trips throughout the South Island, we not only expose other New Zealand residents to beautiful choral music, but we also expose beautiful New Zealand to our own members, Kiwis and foreigners alike.
Cantores is privileged and honoured to sing regularly with opera star, Jonathan Lemalu, a former chorister of the Cantores choir and the choir’s Patron and his wife Sandra. For many in the choir, these events and others will recall fond memories of times singing in Cantores. These memories are now spreading to all corners of the globe.
Cantores Choir is an important musical institution, working to improve the musicality of its members, to expand their horizons geographically and ideologically, and to encourage them to be responsible and confident young leaders.
We practice on Thursday evenings at 'clubs and socs'.
Note: due to covid restrictions we will not be travelling this semester, but still plan to work on technique and prepare some songs for outdoor concerts.View constitution »