Internationally renowned a cappella group Cantus plans workshops, concert during two-day Marylhurst residency

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - The a cappella group Cantus will serve as artists-in-residence at Marylhurst University Feb. 12 and 13, presenting a workshop and a gala concert. The public is invited to attend both events.

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The professional, award-winning men's vocal ensemble Cantus, famous for their exquisite blend of voices, powerful performances and innovative arrangements of works across the genres (classical, folk, popular music) will be artists-in-residence at Marylhurst University Feb. 12 and 13.

While in residency, they will engage with the Marylhurst Chamber Choir, the Reed College Collegium and the Lane College Chamber Choir.

Cantus will present two events open to the public: a workshop demonstration, Telling Story Through Song, and a gala concert.

Telling Story through Song: An Evening with Cantus will take place at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in Flavia Salon on campus. Tickets are $10 general admission at the door.

Cantus' vision is to "give voice to shared human experiences."

How does that influence what repertoire they sing? Should a Kelly Clarkson tune be sung right after a Bach chorale?

In this interactive session, Cantus builds a mock program from the ground up, using audience sourced programming ideas to create a meaningful concert experience.

The gala concert, featuring Cantus with the choirs of Marylhurst University, Reed College and Lane Community College, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in St. Anne's Chapel on the Marylhurst campus.

Tickets are $25 general admission and $15 for students and seniors. They can be purchased online at

About Cantus

Regarded as an "intellectually, emotionally and musically rich" men's vocal ensemble Cantus is widely known for its trademark warmth and blend, innovative programming and its engaging performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century.

The Washington Post has hailed the Cantus sound as having both "exalting finesse" and "expressive power" and refers to the "spontaneous grace" of its music making.

As one of the nation's few full-time vocal ensembles, Cantus has grown in prominence with its distinctive approach to creating music.

Working without a conductor, the members of Cantus rehearse and perform as chamber musicians, each contributing to the entirety of the artistic process.

This collaborative work style allows Cantus to be flexible, adaptive and ready to embrace new ideas.

The performance — whether in a recording or in a live concert — is one that would be entirely impossible without the artistic involvement of the entire ensemble.

Cantus is the recipient of three prestigious Chorus America awards, including the 2016 Dale Warland Singers Commission Award (Presented in partnership with the American Composers Forum), the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence (2009) and the Education Outreach Award (2011).

Cantus was also the 2010-2011 Artist in Residence on Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media's Performance Today.

Integral to the Cantus mission is its commitment to preserve and deepen music education in the schools. Cantus works with more than 5,000 students each year in master class and workshop settings across the country.

Now in its eighth year, the award-winning High School Residency program brings Cantus into Minnesota schools several times a year for mentoring with a culminating public concert in the spring.

Marylhurst University is located at 17600 Pacific Hwy. in Lake Oswego.

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