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

Our 2018-19 season begans with a Christmas collaboration at Elmira's Notre Dame High School. Our large combined choir and a 16 piece brass and percussion ensemble made this a truly special holiday celebration!

The Cantata Singers’ season continues on Wednesday, April 10 at the Watkins Glen Performing Arts Center, 906 Decatur St. in the village of Watkins Glen, with another performance of the incredible World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass with Monroe Crossing, the band that created the first recording with Vocal Essence for whom the work was written. Monroe Crossing will be doing a solo set, and the choir will join them on two of their original works — Into the Fire and Micah 6:8. We will also be singing other Carol Barnett originals and arrangements including Cindy, My Little Potato, My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord, and the tremendously festive Dance and Sing. We can’t wait to see you there!

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We conclude this season in June with an extra special event in honor of all who suffer from or care for Alzheimer's or other dementia patients. On Sunday, June 9 we will perform "Alzheimer Stories" by Robert Cohen, a work that was commissed by the Susquehanna Valley Choral just down Route 15 south of here. Also on the program will be some fun surprises and very touching tributes!

This will be our greatest season ever!

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