The Cantata Singers, pausing for a quick photo op before our 2017 Christmas concert at New Beginnings United Methodist Church. The performance of seasonal music accompanied by trombones, violin, flute, recorder and some fun percussion brought the audience of around 320 to their feet after the carol sing that concluded the program! It was a great Christmas!

This year, join us at Notre Dame High School on Lower Maple Avenue in Elmira on Sunday, December 16th as we celebrate music of the holiday season with the Notre Dame choral program and lots and lots of brass!


Three Free Concerts Each Season

Exploring great choral music from the Renaisscance through today

Photo © Bob Haggard

Photo © Bob Haggard


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2018-2019 SEASON Events and performances

What an amazing and wonderful two days we enjoyed with Monroe Crossing and the music of Carol Barnett! From the easy and fun dress rehearsal on Tuesday afternoon through the incredibly fun performance Wednesday evening we had so much fun!! Our singing caps are definitely tipped to Mark, Lisa, Matt, Derek, and David for their great playing and their love of what they do. With all the fun music and a great crowd, Schuyler County was definitely rocking! Or should that be “blue-grassing?”

We conclude this season in June with an event designed especially for people living with various dementias and their caregivers, along with the general community, entitled "Love and Music Continue to Bloom."

The Community Arts of Elmira, the Alzheimer's Association, AARP, and the Chemung County Office for the Aging are collaborating in this unique event, which will be presented on Sunday, June 9, from 3 to 5 at the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center, 339 Daniel Zenker Road, Horseheads.

The Cantata Singers will perform compositions related to love and memory, highlighted by the poignant "Alzheimer"s Stories" byRobert Cohen, with orchestra and soloists. This piece was commissioned by the Susquehanna Valley Choral group for performance in 2009 and is based on actual experiences of choir members. Also on the program are a choral version of "Boléro" by Maurice Ravel, Aaron Copeland's "The Promise of Living," and "Grant Us Peace" by David Archer. Both Ravel and Copeland lived with dementia in the last years of their lives.

The Faithful Friends, a group of people living with dementia and their caregivers, will sing popular favorites. The audience is invited to sing along. The two choral groups will join for a finale.

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In addition to music, the event will feature displays of related art works and poetry. The collaborating organizations will offer information to inform and assist the community.

There will be table seating as well as theatre-style seating, and those attending the event are welcome to wander.

All area residents are invited to the event. There is no admission charge; a free will offering will be appreciated.


Group and concert photography thanks to Richard S. Perry. Other photography courtesy of Susan Nagle, Will Wickham and others