Patron: Jonathan Lemalu
young choir that travels
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Contact us Enjoy Singing?Enjoy travelling?
Are you an undiscovered singing star?
Cantores is looking for
keen singers to join in its fun and extensive concert programme.
Admission is free and there is no audition. Preference is given to those
who can read music and have had singing lessons, but
ALL singers are
info Do you
like to travel? Cantores travels regularly around New Zealand and
even to Australia.
If you are here for a short time, come along and see this beautiful
county and its people. Do you like to meet people? Healthy socialising is an
important aspect of choir life. Make friends for life and meet some
Are you a
student? Cantores is an affiliated society with the Otago
University Student Association (OUSA). We
practice on campus, do gigs there and embrace the student culture.
YES, we understand when it is exam and assignment time;
taking time off is not a problem. International exchange students welcome! Even if you are
here for one semester. The majority of
our alumni are from North America, Europe
and Asia. View some testimonies here
Cantores is planning a variety of gigs and concerts this year including a concert with
orchestra and dance. In addition,
are number of singing scholarships are on offer to singers.
are interested, please contact us for more
information on joining. Want to see what we do, view
or read about us
Our Choir Patron and Alumnus says:
The ongoing growth and development of Cantores is crucial to music
and spiritual fellowship in Dunedin, throughout New Zealand and
around the world.
Cantores, I would not be where I am as a musician, a person and a
I recommend this choir totally and absolutely, on it’s international
musical reputation and achievements in the past, present and future.
musical traditions, teachings, friendships and
Joy in the Singing
Jonathan Lemalu, opera star, began his musical career when he
Cantores aged 9 years old.
From international exchange studentsTop Being
away from my home in Colorado where my life is consumed by music, I
knew I would want to find a fun choir to join in the distant land of
New Zealand, and to my surprise, it was easier than I thought.
Cantores was the perfect choir to just show up and be welcomed by
smiling faces of people who love to sing. Cantores is not only a
lovely, singing choir but it is also a great circle of friends. We
sang beautiful classical music such as Mozart and I got to learn
music by great NZ composers; I was given the opportunity to do some
solo work; we travelled to multiple cities
around New Zealand; and we had many social gatherings like karaoke
night, for example, where people's true passion for music really
It is an amazing experience to share the love of music
with energetic people from across the globe. The Cantores choir was
the perfect home to do just that!
Thank you Cantores. I will miss everyone!
Alto, on exchange from Denver
University, Colorado, USA, sung solo in Invercargill and Dunedin
I have to say, Cantores was a great
experience for me. I got to meet awesome people while singing beautiful music, and I definitely think I grew
as asinger over the course of the year. Being a part of Cantores also
helped mefind a place in Dunedin, which is something most international
studentsprobably can't say or, at least, their places would have revolved
aroundother international students, while mine revolved around locals.
Soprano, on exchange from Berkeley
University, California, USA, toured to Melbourne, Australia
When the end comes, the singing is all done and the time comes to say
farewell, singers are treated to a farewell concert and after-
These 5 from North America and Hong Kong are just a few of a long
list of multi-nationals who have sung with Cantores.
Cantores is a young choir that travels
extensively around the south (and even to Australia) and has settled
into a choral niche that makes it unique, vibrant and fun.
We encourage participation in
and enjoyment of choral music and to nurture high musical
standards and build the capability, confidence and self-esteem of
our members in music-making.
Our repertoire includes a wide variety of songs, ranging from
spirituals, pop song arrangements to traditional Maori songs, from
secular Schubert song cycles to religious masterpieces by Mozart,
Handel and others. We sing for a variety of
events on the Otago University campus or
associations with the OUSA including: concerts and more concerts,
OUSA Blues and Golds awards, collaborations with other groups and or
societies, Student Balls, the Dunedin Fringe Festival, charity
fundraisers, churches and rest homes.
In 2005, Cantores become an affiliated society of the Otago
University Student Association (OUSA). Our membership always
includes a significant number of international students. Many of
these students are only here at Otago University
for one semester, and Cantores
provides a welcoming and purposeful community with which they can
experience New Zealand. The choir strikes the perfect balance
between focusing on musicality and friendly socialising.
An essential part of our existence is travel, and we always succeed
in being admirable ambassadors for Otago University. In our trips
throughout the South Island, we not only expose other New Zealand
residents to beautiful choral music, but we also expose beautiful
New Zealand to our own members, Kiwis and foreigners alike.
Cantores was privileged and honoured to have sung with opera star,
Jonathan Lemalu, a former chorister of the Cantores choir and now
the choir’s Patron and his fiancée Sandra Martinovic, in July 2006.
For many in the choir, this event and many others will recall fond
memories of times singing in Cantores. These memories are now
spreading to all corners of the globe.
Cantores Choir is an important musical institution, working to
improve the musicality of its members, to expand their horizons
geographically and ideologically, and to encourage them to be
responsible and confident young leaders