“Folk Singer – Roxbury, 1987” photo by Keith Jenkins (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

American A Cappella Vocal Ensemble • Founded 1978

Fast Facts

  • Name is derived from the “clear singing rooster” in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales
  • Chanticleer’s mission is to “present choral music at the highest level of excellence and to encourage worldwide appreciation for the art of ensemble singing”
  • Consists of twelve singers, with voices that range from bass to countertenor
  • The only independent full-time classical vocal ensemble in the US
  • Rehearses five hours per day, five days a week; performs over 100 concerts per year
  • Performs in many styles, including Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony, Romantic art song, opera, jazz, gospel, and pop
  • Collaborates with orchestras, dancers, jazz musicians, and regularly commissions (pay composers to write a new piece) new works
  • Released more than 50 CD/song collections
  • Has been awarded multiple Grammys and was the first vocal ensemble to be inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame
  • Leads an annual music camp for singers aged 14-20

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