Cantata Singers of Ottawa, founded in 1964, is one of the foremost choirs in Eastern Ontario. The choir presents classical and contemporary music from around the world in its own choral concert series. As part of its series, the choir supports local and national composers by commissioning and performing their works. The choir is directed by Andrew McAnerney.
Cantata Singers of Ottawa strives to be an equitable, inclusive, and diverse choral community. We welcome all individuals regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, disability, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation. CSO values its members, staff, volunteers, and supporters, and we recognize their right to a safe and supportive environment.
The choir produces its own concert series every year and makes numerous guest appearances with other organizations. CSO has recorded programmes for CBC Radio, CBC Television and Radio Canada, and it has won top honours in the CBC Radio competition for amateur choirs. In 1998, CSO and the NAC Orchestra under Mario Bernardi recorded Shattered Night, Shivering Stars, a CD of music of Canadian composer Alexina Louie. In addition to its Canadian tours, the choir has performed in the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Austria, Hungary and Italy.
Since the opening of the National Arts Centre (NAC) in 1969, Cantata Singers of Ottawa have performed every year with the NAC Orchestra under the baton of the NAC’s artistic directors, including Mario Bernardi, Franco Mannino, Gabriel Chmura, Trevor Pinnock, Pinchas Zukerman and Alexander Shelley, as well as by other internationally renowned guest conductors, such as Franz-Paul Decker, Helmuth Rilling, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, among many others. The choir also regularly performs in the NAC Orchestra’s Pops Series, led by Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly.