Founded in 2004, Westminster Kantorei is an auditioned chamber choir specializing in early and contemporary music. The ensemble, which is composed of approximately 24 graduate and undergraduate students, performs regularly with some of America’s leading specialists in early music, including collaborations with violinists Owen Dalby and Nancy Wilson, and British vocal ensemble Tenebrae.
The ensemble's 2013-2014 season includes concerts in Princeton and an appearance at the Eastern Division ACDA Conference in February in Baltimore, Md. Last season included a workshop with Tenebrae, a collaboration with La Spirita (viola da gamba consort), and an invitation to perform for the American Handel Festival at Princeton University. Recent seasons have included performances of major works by Handel, Byrd and Bach, including his St. Matthew Passion at Avery Fisher Hall, with the Westminster Choir and the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Kurt Masur. The ensemble has also performed works by Monteverdi (Vespers of 1610, Sestina and Lamento della Ninfa), Buxtehude (Membra Jesu nostri), Schütz, Schein, Telemann, Zelenka, Victoria and Palestrina, as well as a concert of Latin American Baroque music.
Westminster Kantorei has also premiered many works by such composers as Caleb Burhans, Daniel Elder, Doug Helvering, Blake Hensen, Philip Rice, Nathan Jones, Stefan Young and the internationally acclaimed Swedish composer Sven-David Sandström, commissioned for the ensemble by the Soli Deo Gloria Foundation and the Westminster Choir College Department of Sacred Music. Westminster Kantorei, joined by Fuma Sacra and the Institute Festival Orchestra, can be heard on the Albany recording Jon Magnussen: Music for Limon Dances.