Save the Date(s) for Our 55th Season!

We have confirmed several of our concerts for the 2015-2016 season, and they’re listed on our Concerts page.  We look forward to seeing you in Walled Lake, Royal Oak, Shelby Township, Sterling Heights, and/or Dearborn!  Know another place we should sing?  Contact us at (313) 242-SATB to bring us to your church, festival, holiday party, or other event.

We’ll be holding an Open Rehearsal for prospective new singers on Sunday, September  13, 2015 at our regular rehearsal location (Royal Oak First United Methodist) and time (6:30 pm).  Interested singers may borrow music and try out a rehearsal with returning Cantata members, and perhaps sign up for an audition. Whether you’re actively looking for a choir or just curious about our group, we hope you’ll come to this rehearsal and sing with us!

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Upcoming Concert Collaborations

This spring and summer, we’re bringing you choral sounds from all across Michigan.  The Camerata Singers of Midland will join us for our spring concert, “All About Love.”  In the summer, we’ll be hosting Traverse City’s Canticum Novum as they tour the state.  We look forward to singing with these excellent ensembles!


“All About Love”
Sunday May 17, 2015 @ 3 pm
St. Paul of Tarsus Catholic Church
41300 Romeo Plank Road, Clinton Township, MI

The Camerata Singers of Midland, MI (James Hohmeyer, Dir.) join Cantata Academy Chorale for this concert celebrating the many moods of love. The joy and heartbreak of love find their expression in songs from the Renaissance to our own time.

Canticum Novum: A New Song
Thursday June 25, 2015 (Time TBD)
First United Methodist Church
320 W. 7th Street, Royal Oak, MI

Northwestern Michigan College’s Canticum Novum (Dr. Jeffrey Cobb, Dir.), meaning “new song,” is a new choral ensemble from the Grand Traverse area. We look forward to singing with them in this unique joint concert, part of their summer tour.

Photo by Walt Stoneburner.

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Selections from our Latest Recording, LIVE in Concert!

Sunday, March 22, 2015 @ 3 pm
First Presbyterian Church of Mt. Clemens
168 Cass Avenue
Mt. Clemens, MI 48043

This concert will feature selections from Cantata Academy Chorale’s latest CD release, That Music Always Round Me.  To paraphrase Walt Whitman’s poem of the same name: come hear our volumes of sound, be moved by the exquisite meanings, listen to the different voices winding in and out, striving, contending with fiery vehemence to excel each other in emotion!

The concert is part of First Presbyterian’s Fine Arts Series, and tickets will be available at the door ($5 adults; $3 students/seniors).  For further information, please contact the church directly (586.465.0461).

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We’re Bringing You Holiday Cheer!


Kick off the season with favorite holiday songs, old and new.  We will get you into the spirit and send you singing into the season!

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 @ 3 pm
St. Therese Lisieux Catholic Church
48115 Schoenherr Road
Shelby Township, MI 48315

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 @ 7 pm
Christ Lutheran Church
32300 Schoenherr Road
Warren, MI 48088

Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 @ 7 pm
First Presbyterian Church
of Farmington

26165 Farmington Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48334

These concerts will be presented on a free will offering/donation basis (no tickets needed).  The December 13 concert is part of First Presbyterian Church of Farmington’s concert series, “Great Performances in Our Sacred Space,” with a suggested donation of $15/person, $25/family.


Also, don’t miss our Noel Night appearance in a NEW LOCATION this year!  We’ll be performing in the Music Box auditorium at the Max M. Fisher Music Center adjoining Orchestra Hall (3711 Woodward, Detroit). This free performance is sponsored by Midtown Detroit, Inc., as part of the night’s festivities.  Come to see us, then stay for the ice sculptures, pop-up markets, horse-drawn carriage rides, and other fun activities!

Shopping for Gifts?

  • Use AmazonSmile ( when buying online, and Cantata will automatically receive a percentage of the sales every time you shop! All you have to do is follow this link to select Cantata Academy as your chosen nonprofit.
  • Consider sending a copy of our new CDThat Music Always Round Me, to the music lovers in your life!
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November News

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HOMELAND: A Concert of Songs That Bring Us Home

This Sunday, November 16, we present our fall concert celebrating home, harvest, and country.  One performance only, at Central United Methodist Church in Detroit — get in the spirit of Thanksgiving with this rousing, heart-warming music!

Our Director, Susan Catanese, will be in the studio at WRCJ 90.9 FM this Friday, November 14 at 3pm to talk with Chris Felcyn about this concert and our upcoming season in the wake of the August flood that destroyed our music library. While we’ve been blessed with immediate assistance from our supporters and fellow area choral ensembles, our rebuilding project is ongoing.  Here’s how you can help:

  • NEW! Sponsor a SongHelp us restore a favorite work to our repertoire. All you have to do is select a piece to sponsor from this list. Your name will be printed on the cover of the sheet music, and you will be recognized in connection with its performances.
  • Donate online (visit the “Support Us” tab), or send a check to Cantata Academy, P.O. Box 1958, Royal Oak, MI 48068.
  • Join Amazon Smile, and select Cantata Academy as the organization you would like to support with a portion (0.5%) of your purchases.
  • Order a copy of our new CD!  Luckily, we still have some undamaged stock available, and your purchase will help us obtain more in time for the holidays.

Finally, please spread the word about our upcoming concert and holiday appearances.  We are restoring our library so that we can continue to perform compelling music and share our love of singing with you, our audience.

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