The Cantilon Chamber Choir is widely recognized as one of Canada’s leading children’s choral ensembles. Founded in 1999 by conductor, Heather Johnson, this choir maintains a rigorous national and international touring schedule. Since its inception, the Cantilon Chamber Choir has been honoured with numerous awards in national and international competitions.
The choir has just returned (July 2018) from competition in the Béla Bartók International Choral Competition in Debrecen, Hungary where they were honoured to win the Youth Choir category. As a result, they were invited to compete in the Gala “Choir of the World” competition at the festival.
In 2017 the choir was awarded 1st Place in the Children’s Choir category of the prestigious National Choral Competition for Amateur Choirs presented by Choral Canada and the CBC. Also of note are additional honours in the Béla Bartók International Choral Competition in Debrecen, Hungary in both July 2014 (2nd Place – Youth Choir) and July 2006 (1st Place, Children’s Choirs; 1st Place, Youth Choirs; Best Performance of a Hungarian Work; and Purest Intonation and Interpretation), the 65th International Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales in 2011 (1st Place – Youth Choir, 1st Place – Folk Song Choir, 2nd Place – Equal Voices), second place in the EBU’s Let The Peoples Sing competition in 2007, and third place in the Children’s Choir category in the Tolosa International Choral Competition (2007).
The Cantilon Chamber Choir has released four CDs: The Time of Snow, a Christmas recording featuring Edmonton harpist Nora Bumanis, That Yongë Child, a collection of Christmas music including Benjamin Britten’s ‘Ceremony of Carols’ and William Mathias’ ‘Salvator Mundi’, Blessed Is the World That Sings, featuring sacred and folk music recorded during the choir’s first trip to England and Wales, and Bonny Wood Green. This disc includes music by prominent Canadian composers as well as Poulenc’s Petites Voix and Rautavarra’s “Suite” de Lorca.
During the 2018/2019 season, the Cantilon Chamber Choir is excited to perform as guests with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (Hollywood Epics, A LIghtly Classical Christmas), the Alberta Ballet (Nutcracker) and Edmonton Opera (Hansel & Gretel).