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My Cantus Valentine Competition to be Held Online February 2 – 12

January 27, 2023 | By Rebecca Davis
Rebecca Davis Public Relations

Cantus Announces My Cantus Valentine Competition with Free, Online Performances from February 2 – 12

The winner of this year’s online fundraiser will be crowned on Sunday, February 12 at 1 PM on Facebook Live and the Cantus website. Donations accepted throughout to fund Cantus’ 28th season’s artistic and educational initiatives nationwide.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – January 27, 2023 – Cantus announces the My Cantus Valentine competition, to be held online from February 2-12, 2023. A spin-off of the ensemble’s popular annual Twin-Cities fundraising event Cantus IdolMy Cantus Valentine is a friendly fundraising competition held virtually for Cantus fans everywhere on the low-voice ensemble’s Facebook page and online at The inaugural My Cantus Valentine was held in 2021 and raised over $30,000 from audiences from 28 states, Canada, and Mexico for Cantus’ education and artistic initiatives.  

My Cantus Valentine is comprised of two rounds of solo performances of light-hearted love songs by Cantus artists competing for votes (and dollars). Cantus members will sing everything from classical arias to jazz standards, to covers of James Taylor, Harry Connick Jr. and Don Ho.  Audiences can give online in honor of their favorites with those earning the most for Cantus in each round moving on to the second round. The ultimate winner will be crowned Cantus Valentine on February 12 at 1 pm central time as part of a free musical celebration featuring performances by the entire ensemble. "One of the great things about My Cantus Valentine is that we get to share in the fun and festivities with friends across the country and around the world," says Cantus tenor Paul Scholtz. "An event borne out of necessity when we couldn’t perform live during the pandemic, it has become a great way to engage with fans everywhere and support Cantus' artistic and educational mission." 

Round 1
Thursday, Feb. 2- Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023
Videos go live on 2/2 at 9 AM CST
Voting concludes 2/5 at midnight CST
Round 2
Thursday, Feb. 9- Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023
Videos go live on 2/9 at 9 AM CST
Voting concludes on 2/12 at noon CST
My Cantus Valentine Live Finale
Sunday, February 12, 2023


About Cantus

Now in its 28th season, the “engaging” (New Yorker) low-voice ensemble Cantus is widely known for its trademark warmth and blend, innovative programming and riveting performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The Washington Post has hailed the Cantus sound as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power” and refers to the “spontaneous grace” of its music making. The Philadelphia Inquirer called the group nothing short of “exquisite.”

As one of the nation’s few full-time vocal ensembles, Cantus has come to prominence with its distinctive approach to creating music. Working without a conductor, the members of Cantus rehearse and perform as chamber musicians, each contributing to the entirety of the artistic process, creating programs that give voice to shared human experiences. As the Star Tribune has written, “The main hallmark of the Cantus sound has always been sheer quality and an unbroken belief in the special way that vocal music has of warming and invigorating the human spirit.”

Cantus enjoys a vigorous schedule of national and international touring, in addition to home concerts in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. Cantus has performed at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, UCLA, San Francisco Performances, Tanglewood and Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. Cantus also makes all of its home concerts available online. This pandemic-prompted innovation has brought the ensemble’s programs to audiences spanning 50 states and ten countries.

Cantus records for the UK-based Signum Classics label which has released the popular COVID-19 Sessions and Manifesto, an album of world premiere recordings of works by Ysaÿe Barnwell, David Lang, Sydney Guillaume, Libby Larsen, Sarah Kirkland Snider, and others. In the fall of 2022, Signum releases Into the Light, the first new Holiday album from Cantus in over a decade.  Cantus also has a deep catalog of recordings released on the group’s eponymous label.

Committed to the expansion of the vocal music repertoire, Cantus actively commissions new music and seeks to unearth rarely performed repertoire for low voices. Cantus has received commissioning grants from New Music USA, the National Endowment for the Arts, Chorus America, American Composers Forum and Chamber Music America. In line with Cantus’ ongoing commitment to fostering new works for tenors, baritones, and basses, the ensemble has partnered with composer and former Cantus bass Timothy C. Takach and Graphite Publishing on the Cantus Choral Series, distributing Cantus’ signature arrangements and compositions for ensembles everywhere to perform and enjoy.

Cantus has a rich history of collaborations with other performing arts organizations, including the Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Pops, Chanticleer, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Lorelei Ensemble, Theater Latté Da and the James Sewell Ballet. The ensemble is heard frequently on both classical public radio nationwide and on SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

Integral to the Cantus mission is its commitment to preserve and deepen music education in the schools. Cantus works with more than 5,000 students each year in masterclass and workshop settings across the country and has visited 31 Minnesota high schools throughout the 15-year history of its award-winning High School Residency program. Cantus also presents a Young and Emerging Composers’ Competition, to encourage the creation of new repertoire through cash prizes, a performance, recording and potential publication of winning compositions.




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