Season Overview

A Word from the Director

Happy Birthday to Us!

We hope you are able to join Kantorei this season as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary. As one of the premier classical musical ensembles in Colorado, Kantorei has also distinguished itself as one of the top community choirs in America. We have been thrilled to perform around the country — and in fact, the world — with featured performances in numerous state, regional, and national choral conventions. We will celebrate our first 20 years of accomplishments all season long.

Joel Rinsema

We are so excited to invite founding conductor and now Artistic Director and Conductor Emeritus, Richard Larson, to conduct portions of each concert this season. Kantorei simply wouldn’t be the choir it is today without his extraordinary leadership, and we are honored to have him join us again regularly this season.

In October, we celebrate the many composers Kantorei has championed over the years, with a concert featuring many of the stunning works we have commissioned in our 20 years. For our holiday concerts, we celebrate you– our wonderful fans and supporters– by giving you the opportunity to help program the concert with the holiday music you want to hear! Be sure to send us your requests for music over on the concert page, or via email at

In March, we celebrate music as an art form with “Serenade to Music”, featuring the wonderful Stratus Chamber Orchestra, in a performance of Vaughan Williams’ work of the same name. And in May, we celebrate our 20-year history with a fun program of hymns, spirituals, and a little “best-of”. We are thrilled to feature special guest artist Mark Hayes in that concert, and we invite all Kantorei alumni to join us on stage for a special encore performance. You won’t want to miss it!

This year will also see the release of our first professional recording, featuring the works of 2015-2016 Composer-in-Residence Kim André Arnesen. It is an exciting season for us, and we look forward to celebrating with you all throughout the year!

Joel Rinsema SignatureJoel M. Rinsema
Artistic Director

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Purchase Season Tickets to ensure you don’t miss a single moment of our 20th Anniversary season, and save 10% on your ticket order versus buying individually. Season Tickets are available August-October, and include one ticket to each of our regular concert series. Our season tickets offer flexible scheduling: you choose the concert dates and times that work best for your schedule. And if plans change last minute, no problem– just use your season tickets to attend the other performance.

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2016-2017 Concerts and Events

Music Alive! - October, 2016
Salon: 20 Years of Tonys - The Best of Broadway - November, 2016
A Winter's Night with the CCHS Meistersingers - November, 2016
A Kantorei Christmas - December, 2016
Serenade to Music - March, 2017
Salon: All That Jazz - A Night with the Rat Pack - April, 2017
All This Joy - May, 2017