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

Spring Concert 2024

The Cappella Cantorum Masterworks Chorus and Cappella Orchestra, together with featured soprano soloist Lisa Williamson and the Select Singers from Lyme-Old Lyme High School, will perform The Peacemakers (by Karl Jenkins) on Sunday, April 21, 2024. The concert will take place at First Church of Christ in Saybrook, 366 Main Street, Old Saybrook, beginning at 3pm.

In The Peacemakers, Jenkins sets to music the words of peace from religious texts, poets and iconic, world-changing figures such as Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Albert Schweitzer, Anne Frank and the Dalai Lama. One line from the Persian mystic poet Rumi sums up the ethos of the work: ‘All religions, all singing one song: Peace be with you’.

Simon Holt, Music Director of Cappella Cantorum, will conduct the performance. The Select Singers are directed by Kristine Pekar, Lyme-Old Lyme High School Choral Director.

Tickets are available online, through any chorus member, or by calling 860-532-0454.

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International Tour Chorus 2024

Welcome aboard to our new International Tour Manager, Elana Vasi-Smith! Elana is working with Pat Hill and the International Tour Committee to organize Cappella’s 2024 travel adventure, which will include Austria, Bavaria, and Switzerland.

Weekly rehearsals have begun for the Tour Chorus, and the group sounds wonderful together already! 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.

Please join us for the Pre-Tour Concert, which will take place on June 16, 2024 starting at 2pm, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Madison, CT. Tickets are not required for this concert, but a donation to the church is suggested; all proceeds will go to St. Andrew’s.

Email Elana at info@cappellacantorum.org or call 860-532-0454 if you would like to learn more about the Pre-Tour Concert or future travel opportunities.


Highlights from Recent Activities

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.

Voting took place in February, and non-profit organizations will be notified in the near future regarding the grants to be awarded based on customer votes.

Thank you for voting for Cappella Cantorum in the Essex Savings Bank Community Investment Program. Your votes will help us keep the community filled with music through our Masterworks Chorus Concerts, SummerSings, Messiah Sing or Listen, and more.

Thank you for your support!


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

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

Check back on this website in late April/early May for all the details on our 2024 SummerSing Series!


Cappella Cantorum is the premier 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.