Kantorei, a premier choral ensemble based in Denver, CO, will perform at the upcoming ACDA National Conference, to be held Feb. 27–March 2, 2019 in Kansas City. Kantorei was one of 27 ensembles selected from more than 200 applicants. This will be the choir’s third appearance at the ACDA National Conference and its first under the leadership of Artistic Director Joel Rinsema.
Kantorei was selected to perform at the ACDA Conference due to the choir’s “truly outstanding” work, deemed “representative of the high standards of performance required of all groups invited to perform at an ACDA Conference” by the Conference’s Performing Choir Chair. The choir will perform two 25-minute solo concerts at the Kaufmann Center for the Performing Arts, one of the finest performing arts centers in America. Kantorei has also been invited to sing as a demonstration choir for acclaimed British composer and conductor, John Rutter. More than 10,000 choir directors, performers, and exhibitors are expected to attend the Conference. The Conference marks the 60th year of ACDA and falls in the middle of Kantorei’s 2018–2019 season, the details of which the choir will share later this summer.
Formed in 1997 under the leadership of six friends and artistic director Richard Larson, Kantorei is a premier choral ensemble comprised of volunteer singers under the direction of Artistic Director Joel M. Rinsema. Kantorei frequently performs at major choral conventions across the U.S., has toured around the world, and works with composers and conductors of international renown. Naxos released Kantorei’s first professionally-produced recording, featuring works by Kim André Arnesen, in 2018. Santa Barbara Music Publishing Inc., publishes the Kantorei Choral series. Kantorei performs a broad range of a cappella choral music with the mission “to elevate the human experience through choral excellence.”
Artistic Director Joel M. Rinsema joined Kantorei in 2014 from the Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale. Rinsema is a passionate advocate for the professional choral art form, and frequently consults with other choral arts organizations locally and around the country. Because of his leadership in the field, he received the Louis Botto Award for “Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal” from Chorus America. Rinsema is an accomplished conductor of major works for choir and orchestra, and holds music degrees from Arizona State University and Whitworth University. In March of 2017, Rinsema began his tenure as the North American Choral Promotion Manager for Oxford University Press based in Oxford, England.
Founded in 1959, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a nonprofit music-education organization whose expressed purposes outline the associations dedication to the advancement of choral music. The mission of ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy. ACDA membership consists of choral directors who represent more than one million singers across the United States.