2023-24: Our 54th Year of Great Choral Music

Each year, Essex Savings Bank generously donates 10% of its after-tax income to non-profit organizations in its service area.

Cappella Cantorum is honored to be among the organizations selected in 2024 to receive a portion of these funds as a grant, based on the number of votes cast by bank customers.

If you are an Essex Savings Bank customer, you can vote online through their Mobile Banking App at www.essexsavings.com, or in person at any Essex Savings Bank location.

Please vote for Cappella Cantorum and encourage your friends and family members to vote for us as well. Your votes will help us keep the community filled with music through our Masterworks Concerts, SummerSings, Messiah Sing or Listen, and more.

Thank you for your support!



Spring 2024 Singer Registration Now Open

Sing with the Cappella Cantorum Masterworks Chorus this Spring – No auditions required!

Registration and first rehearsal for the Spring 2024 semester took place on Monday, January 8th starting at 7pm, at Deep River Congregational Church (1 Church Street, Deep River, CT), and the second rehearsal was held on January 15th in the same location.

It’s not too late —

you can still sing this semester!

Call 860-532-0454, send an email to admin@cappellacantorum.org, or pre-register on this website (see link below) if you’d like to join us. We have rehearsal aids available that will make it easy to catch up on anything you’ve missed.

Other useful information:

Rehearsals are generally held on Monday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00pm at Deep River Congregational Church.

 This semester’s music is The Peacemakers, by Karl Jenkins. The Spring Concert will be on Sunday, April 21, 2024. We will be joined for the concert by a youth choir from Lyme-Old Lyme High School, under the direction of Kristine Pekar.

Registration is $60 for the semester (plus processing fee if paying by credit card). Music is an additional $18 if you don’t already have a score. We’re looking forward to singing with you!

Messiah Sing or Listen 2023

Here’s a picture of this year’s happy ensemble and director after completing the 2023 Messiah Sing or Listen with a sold-out audience at the Kate. Pictured from left are: Spencer Hamlin (tenor), John Ong (bass), Rachel Abrams (alto), Lisabeth Miller (soprano), Simon Holt (conductor), and Blake Hansen (accompanist). Thank you all for making this a wonderful holiday experience!


Messiah Sing or Listen – December 17, 2023



Winter Concert 2023

The 2023 Winter Concert was a tremendous success!  Cappella Cantorum Masterworks Chorus performed Magnificat (composed by John Rutter) and The Many Moods of Christmas (arranged by Robert Shaw) on Sunday, December 3, 2023, with featured soprano soloist Abigail Paschke.

The Masterworks Chorus and Cappella Orchestra was conducted by Simon Holt, Music Director of Cappella Cantorum and the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, as well as the Founder and Artistic Director of Salt Marsh Opera.

Photos from the concert and reception are now posted in the Photo Gallery, and the full concert video is available in the Video Gallery.  Enjoy!

Photo Gallery              Video Gallery

International Tour Chorus 2024

Welcome aboard to our new International Tour Manager, Elana Vasi-Smith! Elana is working with Pat Hill (who has managed these tours since 1981) and the International Tour Committee to plan Cappella’s 2024 travel adventure, which will include Austria, Bavaria, and Switzerland.

A read-through and potluck was held on January 28th to get to know some of the music and our fellow travelers. The group sounds wonderful together already! Weekly rehearsals for the Tour will begin in April 2024, followed by a Pre-Tour Concert in Madison, CT and European travel in late June 2024.  Dr. Jeremy D. Milton, Director of Choral Music for Old Saybrook High School, is this year’s International Tour Music Director, and the Tour Accompanist is Anna Jedd.

Email Elana at info@cappellacantorum.org if you would like to learn more about this wonderful adventure. Even if you missed the Fall Information Meetings and the January 28 read-through, you can still join the Tour Chorus (last date to join is March 15th). Contact Elana to get all the details. Non-singing spouses/guests are also welcome to travel with the group!


SummerSings 2023

The 2023 SummerSings Series was incredibly popular. What a fun way to keep the music going! Click on these links to see excerpts from each event:

SummerSing #1     SummerSing #2    SummerSing #3    SummerSing #4    SummerSing #5


Cappella Cantorum is the premiere non-auditioned community choral group of the Connecticut Shoreline and lower Connecticut River Valley. Our primary purpose is to give singers of all ages the opportunity to learn, perform and share great choral music.