We are thrilled to announce Dr. David R. Thye as our newly appointed Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for our 2018-2019 season!
Artist in Residence
Grammy Award winner Paul Phoenix joins the Arizona Cantilena Chorale.
The Arizona Cantilena Chorale is proud to announce Grammy Award winner Paul Phoenix as our Artist in Residence for the 2017-2018 seasons. Averaging more than 130 concerts annually, he has sung in many of the world’s greatest concert halls.In 2009 Paul was awarded a Grammy for his part in co-producing and performing on the CD Simple Gifts. In 2014, Paul launched Purple Vocals: Perform and Engage, a coaching and engagement consultancy. Paul has worked with the Arizona Cantilena Chorale since October 2016, and we are proud to have Paul on board as our Artist in Residence, sharing his talents and experience with us.
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What People Are Saying About Arizona Cantilena Chorale
It’s been a wonderful experience to spend three days working with Cantilena Chorale and their Artistic Director, Dr. Glenn Bennett. My work as the founder of PurpleVocals means that I spend time working with choral groups AND their directors, helping them them to find their ‘identity,’ building audiences and of course choosing programs which inspire and engage. The Cantilena Chorale have fully embraced this concept and I was truly impressed with their progress and willingness to learn new ideas during my visit. If you haven’t checked out this vibrant and interesting choral group, I urge you to do so! Thank you for inviting me and I look forward to many more visits!
I am a long-time vocalist and have sung in numerous choral settings. I have only recently discovered Cantilena and must say that I have quickly come to appreciate the precision and overall balance in their presentation. It is obvious that superior individual voices are contained within the group, but the blended sound comes through in a highly professional and pleasing way. It is unusual to find a group in the East Valley capable of performing music of this caliber and doing it with the quality which Cantilena has achieved. Pure delight! Keep it coming!
Gregory L. Bamford
I’ve been recording Cantilena for several years now, and I am impressed with just how great they sound. Glenn Bennett has really pushed the group to a new height lately, and they are better than ever. Looking forward to recording their concerts in future!
Big Bug Sound / Phoenix, AZ
What a beautiful blend of voices in wonderful music. Choral music is difficult to find, but Cantilena provides a much needed, quality musical experience. What a treasure.
Queen Creek, AZ
There’s something about choral music, about being in a room and combining your voice with other’s, that is so moving and, for me, necessary for my happiness! And THIS group of singers is special…a more talented group is hard to find. But more than that, we have become like family, which is priceless!
Listening to the Arizona Cantilena Chorale this past year—while living in a world of seemingly increasing words of hate and acts of violence—has been an overwhelming cleansing experience for my heart and soul. Whether at practice or in concert, their gorgeous and masterful blending of the human voice in songs of love and hope produced winds of peace and joy for me. Thank you, Chorale members.
Dale Bowen, M.D.
As one of the original members of Arizona Cantilena Chorale, I have experienced the tremendous growth and maturity of this exceptional singing group over the past eleven years. With each rehearsal, Dr. Bennett challenges and guides us to become better vocalists and musicians. It has been a great honor to learn and work with a true master of choral music with his enthusiasm and dedication to excellence and his extensive knowledge of vocal music.
Tenor, Board President / Tempe, AZ
Glenn Bennett is the man that introduced me to the joy of singing. Music has become an important part of my life, and singing with Arizona Cantilena Chorale is a highlight of my week. The opportunity to sing with talented musicians and being able to meet the high expectations set by Dr. Bennett as well as my own personal need to stretch and grow musically is one of the most rewarding activities I participate in on a regular basis. With a family and 2 jobs it can be difficult to make time to participate in the choir…but it is easily worth the effort and the rewards are tremendous.
I’m delighted to be a member of this group of talented singers dedicated to performing fine choral music at the highest artistic level.
Bass-Baritone / Phoenix, AZ
Cantilena is an exceptional chorale group. I always enjoy their concerts. From Bach to Lauridsen, their repertoire is diverse and flawlessly performed. I can’t wait to see what’s coming next season.