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. Now in its 23rd concert season, Kantorei has expanded into an auditioned ensemble of 58 volunteer singers from the Denver metro area under the direction of Joel Rinsema. We are nationally recognized as one of the more exciting community-based choirs to emerge in decades. 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 2019, Kantorei was honored to be chosen for the 3rd time in our history to sing for the national conference of the American Choral Directors Association, held in Kansas City. We have released two professional recordings, "Sing, Wearing the Sky" (2020) and "Infinity" (2017).
"Kantorei is a gem in the American choral scene. I love the passion of the singers and the familial quality of the group. They are continually working together to achieve a high level of musicality as well as deepening their personal relationships. I felt so welcomed into their family and this album ["Sing, Wearing the Sky"] was a beautiful collaboration in which every moment was handled with such care and such deep, spacious musicality."
--- Jake Runestad, Composer
"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.
--- Bradley Ellingboe, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, University of New Mexico