Kantorei's mission is to elevate the human experience through choral excellence.
In 1997, six friends with a passion for singing decided to form a choir capable of embracing a broad range of a cappella choral music. With the addition of Richard Larson as artistic director and a handful of enthusiastic singers, the group quickly found a footing in the cultural fabric of the metro Denver community. Now in its 17th concert season, Kantorei has expanded into an auditioned ensemble of 48 volunteer singers from the Denver metro area. Many of the singers come from schools with strong choral music programs, such as Augustana, Brigham Young, Concordia, Luther, St. Olaf, Wartburg, University of Denver, and the University of Northern Colorado. Under the direction of Mr. Larson, Kantorei has become nationally recognized as one of the more exciting community-based choirs to emerge in decades. Kantorei has furthered its reputation as one of the nation's premier choral ensembles through recent commissions and special performances, including a major collaborative concert with Grammy-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre; a featured performance at the 2008 National Performing Arts Convention in Denver; and a featured performance upon special invitation for the 2010 Southwest Regional Convention for the American Choral Directors Association. Among hundreds of performances in and around the Denver Metro area, the choir has been honored to accept invitations for performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City (2003) and St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican (2007). In 2011, Kantorei was honored to be chosen for the 2nd time in our history to sing for the national conference of the American Choral Directors Association, held in Chicago.
"The Denver area as well as the entire region is extremely fortunate to have in its midst an outstanding professional choir in Kantorei...Having performed at state, regional, and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, it is an ensemble that garners national respect for its choral artistry, commitment to excellence, and consistently high level of artistic achievement."
--- Dr. René Clausen, composer and conductor of the Concordia College Choir
It has been my privilege to hear Kantorei several times in the last decade. I am always struck by their programming and artistry. They are one of the finest choirs in the West.
Professor of Music
Director of Choral Activities
University of New Mexico