Amanda Quist, conductor
Westminster Kantorei is an auditioned chamber choir specializing in early and contemporary music. Composed of graduate and undergraduate students, the ensemble performs regularly with some of America’s leading specialists in early music, including collaborations with the Dark Horse Consort, Juilliard 415 and others. It was selected as a finalist for the 2014 American Prize, whose judges stated that Kantorei is “truly outstanding,” and described the choir as having a “finely-measured and delicate balance of voices, and a mastery of stylistic performance practice.”
LISTEN to Westminster Kantorei perform Heinrich Schütz’s Selig Sind die Toten, which will be included in the ensemble's new recording, to be released in September.
The ensemble's 2016-2017 season includes performances in Princeton, participation in a master class with Eric Whitacre at Westminster Choir College, the release of a new commercial recording, and an invitation to perform at Early Music America’s Young Performers Festival during the Boston Early Music Festival. During the 2015-2016 season Kantorei was also invited to perform works from newly acquired Orlando di Lasso manuscripts at the Princeton University Library, and it completed a concert tour of the U.K. and France. Recent seasons have included an invitation to perform as featured guest ensemble in the Reformation 500 Anniversary Concert held at the Princeton University Chapel, as well as the American Choral Directors Association’s (ACDA) Eastern Division Conference and the American Handel Festival.
Recent performances have included a concert in Princeton Theological Seminary’s Miller Chapel titled “Hear Our Prayer” featuring works by J.S. Bach, William Cornysh, Henry Purcell, and Orlando Gibbons, and a concert featuring Bach’s Cantata 12, Singet Dem Herrn, and Handel’s Dixit Dominus. Recent seasons have also included performances of major works including Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine with period instruments and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at Avery Fisher Hall, with the Westminster Choir and the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Kurt Masur.
Westminster Kantorei has also premiered works by such contemporary 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.