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E-mail: Cantore (Info@CantoreMusic.com)
Phone: Robert Maust - 540/269-8283

Cantore, Latin for “singers,” is ten men who love to sing. Its members come from many walks of life, and include a lighting designer, project manager, fund raiser, marketing representative, retail manager, construction worker, avionics technician, photographer, and a pastor. They are all active in Harrisonburg, Virginia, area Mennonite churches. Their common bond is making good a cappella music. Their repertoire draws from a variety of styles and traditions, from standard religious choral works, to folk, international, bluegrass gospel, and barbershop. The group began in 1999 as a quartet, then doubled to eight, and finally settled on ten voices. Most performances are in church settings. Other venues include banquets, festivals, retirement communities, civic events, and several male chorus festivals in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Florida. Performances total over 250 from 2002 through 2014.

While the group looks to Les Helmuth for cues and tempos, Cantore has no conductor. Matters of style and interpretation are arrived at by consensus within the group. Members often bring songs to rehearsals and make suggestions, expanding the repertoire and bringing new and interesting possibilities. Members switch voice parts occasionally, depending on the song. Current members of the group, listed in order of voice part, from high tenor to low bass, are: Les Helmuth, Joel Rittenhouse, Andy Richter, Robert Maust, Chris Burkholder, Phil Kniss, Leonard Clymer, Kevin Eby, Phil Blosser, Don Bomberger.

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