CANTORE MEN'S A CAPPELLA
Cantore (Latin for “singers”) is a group of men who love to sing. Its members come from many walks of life. Outside of singing, they teach, preach, program computers, farm, write, make art, lay stone, roast coffee, sell things, or are retired. Their common bond is making good a cappella music. Their repertoire is primarily sacred and draws from a variety of styles and traditions, from standard religious choral works, to international, classical, bluegrass gospel, spirituals, folk, hymn arrangements, and a few pop and secular numbers. They perform in churches, banquets, festivals, retirement communities, civic events, and more. Since 2002 they have performed over 300 times, and have toured as far as Pennsylvania, Ohio, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida.
Biblical Sea Shanties project
Some of you will be interested to learn about Cantore's current major project, On the Face of the Deep, in which we have written and recorded the music to 10 original sea shanties, each of them based on biblical stories. The shanty texts were written by biblical scholar and sailor Dr. Linford Stutzman, whose brainchild this project is, and whose indomitable passion and energy is helping bring it to reality. Once released (hopefully in early 2024), it will be available on CD, as well as a series of live performances of the shanties, accompanied by Linford's biblical teaching and storytelling. A book by Dr. Stutzman will also be available. Stay tuned! (for a sneak preview of a photoshoot near the Chesapeake Bay, click here)
Meet the SINGERs
Kirk Shank Zehr
OUR GROUP STYLE
Cantore has no conductor, per se. While one of its members gives primary direction, all members are involved in developing consensus on style and musical interpretation. 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.