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What is Cantus Youth Choirs?

About Us

Cantus Youth Choirs is a non-profit community choral program for youth of Idaho’s Treasure Valley. Each week, nearly 350 youth gather from Boise, Eagle, Meridian, Middleton, Star, and Kuna to make music. With eight ensembles, that frequently interact and perform together, singers ages 8 to 18 enjoy making music with friends young and old.

Learn more about Cantus Youth Choirs

Fortis practicing formations during rehearsal for their performance of "I'll Be."

When and where do I rehearse?

All ensembles meet weekly on Tuesday nights. We call this “Cantuesday.” Weekly rehearsals are a combination of fun and hard work. Semester one begins in September and goes through December, ending with our Winter Concert. Semester two starts in January and goes through April, ending with our Finale Concert. We rehearse at Tree City Church on Eagle Road.

Nearly 270 youth take the stage to sing "O Holy Night" with guest artist Melissa Heath and Erika McCauley directing.

How much is tuition?

Cantus Youth Choirs is a non-profit community youth choir that runs concurrently with a typical school year (September through May). Tuition is based on grade and term of enrollment and ranges from $125 to $450. You can register for a semester to try it out and see if you like it. Or you can save a little bit and register for a full year. You can pay up front or by installment plan.

Which ensemble will I be in?

We take all singers, grades 3 through 12. If you’re in 3-7th grade, we don’t need you to audition. All 8-12th graders submit an audition so we know which voice part to assign them (soprano, alto, tenor, bass). There are 4 traditional ensembles and 4 contemporary ensembles. There are additional fees to be in a contemporary ensemble.

What is Cantus?

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What is Cantus' reach?

10 years of Statistics

Cantus Youth Choirs was started ten years ago. Cantus performs an average of 3 concerts per year: a concert in the winter, a concert in the spring and a tour concert. Several of our tour concerts have been benefit concerts geared toward raising money for families in need.

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What does it cost to join?

Tuition and Fees

You can join per semester or you can join for the entire year. Semester one runs from September through December, and semester two runs from January through April. We offer a 30% discount for all siblings. We also have a number of payment plans.

3rd-4th grade youth

$315/year (save $65)
  • Siblings get 30% off, applied automatically at checkout

5th-9th grade youth

$415/year (save $65)
  • Siblings get 30% off, applied automatically at checkout

10th-12th grade youth

$465/year (save $65)
  • Siblings get 30% off, applied automatically at checkout

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