Formed in 2010, Kantorei of Kansas City has a rapidly growing reputation for its unique high-quality, clear sound and a fresh innovative approach to programming. Led by Founder and Artistic Director Chris Munce, Kantorei is formed of the finest professional singers in the Kansas City area and beyond, who each have a hand in shaping the over-arching vision of the group and its performances.
With its roots in performing early music, Kantorei has further broadened its repertoire to include a diverse range of music from the Mediaeval period through to world premieres of the latest contemporary works from both renowned and up-and-coming composers.
The group have made a number of recordings including a collection of Renaissance motets in 2011 and an album of Christmas music by the contemporary British composer, Tim Porter. Kantorei’s first recording for the pioneering label, Resonus Classics, features a wide selection of the choral music of New York-based American composer, Matthew Harris.
Aside from their regular concerts in the Kansas City locale, 2013 has seen Kantorei perform at the American Choral Directors Association conventions in Missouri and Nebraska, as well as launching its annual summer school Choral Institute for young singers with the aim of encouraging future generations of choral performers. Kantorei were also invited to perform alongside renowned singer Josh Groban during his most recent national tour.
Future plans include further regular performances in the Kansas City area that explore more rarely performed repertoire, a tour of the upper Midwestern US. Plans are also under way for the group’s next album.
‘A notable light in our city's choral firmament’