I’m a parent, what’s going on?

We have an extensive MEMBERS dashboard on our website. You can access this by clicking MEMBERS in the main navigation bar. Parents AND singers use this Members Dashboard extensively. Singers use the Member Dashboard to stay informed, submit auditions, practice their music, submit practice sessions, and view upcoming events. Parents…

What about outfits?

Each member of Cantus Youth Choirs will need to purchase a “Concert Blacks” outfit. This outfit is worn by members of the Chorale, Concert Choir, Virtuoso Singers, and Concordia ensembles. Ladies’ Outfit Black gown + Jewelry set $82 Ladies will provide their own black nylons and black dress shoes (no…

How much does Cantus cost?

We have a tiered tuition schedule. Younger singers pay less. This allows parents and singers a chance to “try Cantus out” and see if it’s a good fit. Click here to see our tuition structure. In addition to tuition, there are a number of fees with participating in Cantus Youth…

How do I join Cantus?

Cantus is for singers ages 8 to 18 years old (3rd to 12th grade). To join Cantus, all you need to do is audition and register online. You can join without submitting an audition first. To register, visit our JOIN page and add the ensembles your singer(s) qualify for to…

How do I audition?

Remember, EVERYONE gets into Cantus Youth Choirs traditional ensembles: Concordia, Virtuoso Singers, Concert Choir or Chorale. All singers in 8th grade or older need to submit a video audition. This process is very easy. We hold live auditions in April/May for next season’s contemporary ensembles. Due to the limited number…

What is expected of parents?

I am expected to pay all tuition and fees on time. I am expected to purchase a performance outfit for my singer. I am expected to be involved and encourage my singer to do their home practice. I am expected to have an email account and check my email weekly…

What is expected of singers?

I will attend all rehearsals, retreats, dress rehearsals and performances. I understand that I can miss 3 rehearsals per semester. I will do my home practice, as assigned. I will care for the materials issued to me and pay any fees for lost or excessively damaged materials. For older youth: with…

Can I go on tour?

All Cantus singers are invited to tour, but none are required. Tour costs are separate from your tuition, and the price for tour is published in the fall of tour years. Cantus parents spearhead fundraisers from time to time, and information about those opportunities will be sent to everyone. You will…

What will tour be like?

Amazing. You will get to travel with some of your best friends. You will sing in beautiful venues and hear outstanding choirs from across the country. Tour is a wonderful time for making music … we also have a lot of fun along the way, like theme parks and concerts.…

Is there financial aid?

Part of the mission statement of Cantus Youth Choirs is to “enrich the lives of youth from all economic backgrounds.” We partner with individuals and businesses in the community to provide sponsorships. Costs are kept as low as possible. We offer a payment plan for tuition where payments can be…

Can I do other activities AND Cantus?

Definitely. We encourage you to be as well-rounded as possible. It just takes good planning and open communication between you, the choir director and your coaches or other activity directors. If you have an ongoing conflict, please notify us.

What if I don’t know anyone in Cantus?

Cantus is a great way to meet new people and make new friends. In fact, many youth say that they met their best friends in Cantus! Another way to have friends in the choir is to invite your friends to audition with you! You will share amazing musical and social…

Why should I sing when I’m young?

All singers, male and female, go through what experts call the “adolescent voice change.” The way that you choose to sing during this voice change can affect the way you sing for the rest of your life. The best method to protect, develop and expand your voice is to sing…

Why do I need to practice at home?

We expect the best of the singers in Cantus Youth Choirs. In order for the choirs to perform music that is challenging and engaging, we need every moment of limited rehearsal time to refine the music. Most ensembles meet one hour per week, and we produce a live concert after…

What is the Early Bird Promotion?

During the summer, Cantus directors review contemporary ensemble auditions, arrange and select music for the upcoming season. Making these decisions is more complicated when we don’t know how many singers are enrolled. That’s why we encourage families to join earlier in the summer. To incentivize this, we offer an early…