Cantate was founded by Dr. Lisa Lutter and a 25-member ensemble consisting of a diverse group of individuals ranging from recent college graduates, educators and business professionals. The group has shared the gift of friendship and song in over a hundred concerts at home and on your. The choir performed in the Guam staged productions for the Opera of the Pacific’s production of Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’ in 2000 and Carl Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’ in 2001. In the summer of 2001, the group competed in the World Projects International Music Festival in Australia and proudly brought home GOLD. They performed at the Sydney Town Hall and the world famous Sydney Opera House with choirs from China, Concordia University and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. It was during this tour that World Projects President, William Lutt, offered to arrange future tours for Cantate as a feature choir. Lott stated that Cantate had a distinctive sound that could only be attributed to a special bond that members shared.
Though World Projects, in 2002 the choir toured China with performances in Beijing, Shanghair and Guangzhou and visited the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Music was shared between choirs from several universities.
In 2003, the choir performed as a feature choir for the New York Choral Festival where they performed at the Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center and received a standing ovation. The concert was shared with competing choirs and also featured the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. After the concert an audience member shared,
“the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir was like us talking to God
and Cantate was like God talking to us.”
During the festival, the choir was given the opportunity to work with Dr. Weston Noble, who is hailed as the nation’s most beloved choral conductor. It was through the workshop that the relationship between Cantate, Dr. Lutter and Dr. Noble flourished into the Pacific Summer Music Festival.
In 2004, Cantate received another invitation from World Projects to be the feature choir in their San Francisco Choral Festival, where they opened for the ‘orchestra of voices’ Grammy Award winning, Chanticleer at the Mission Dolores Basilica. Cantate then travelled to Los Angeles to work with Paul Salamunovich, a Grammy-nominated American choral conductor and educator and Music Director Emeritus of the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
Cantate has established itself as the island’s premier chorale hosting its annual Pacific Summer Music Festival, which focuses on providing the opportunity for the community and students to experience and perform alongside guest and local musicians. Along with their seasonal concerts, Cantate performs for Guam staged music productions, holiday caroling and special events with the Guam Territorial Band.