Let’s talk about Cantus Femina
Cantus Femina is Mount Union’s women’s chorus.
When I first came to Mount Union, Women’s Chorus was the choir that women could sing in if they didn’t make the Concert Choir. It wasn’t a bad choir to be in; it was just second place.
Now though, the women’s chorus is arguably one of the most awesome ensembles on campus.
Dr. Cook, the choir director at Mount Union, has taken the program and completely turned it around. I believe this year it experienced a 112% growth from last year, and the year before it had grown significantly as well.
There are about 40 women in this semester’s group, and we are one talented group.
Let me set the scene.
The St. Olaf Choir. Familiar with it? Arguably one of the best choirs in the country.
They too have a women’s chorus called Manitou Singers. The Manitou Singers are also a very renowned group of singers.
In December 2011, they sang a song for their Christmas Festival called Deepest Heart by David N. Childs. It’s a beautiful piece, and it’s so new that it hasn’t even been officially published yet.
Cantus Femina will be performing it at the Mount Union Christmas Festival! What an incredible opportunity! Dr. Cook asked for special permission to perform it and David Childs said yes!!
It is so beautiful, and I can only imagine how it will sound in the Dewald Chapel. It soars and dances and tests the range and skill of every single woman in the chorus. Normally we do alto, soprano I and soprano II, so three parts. This song has upwards of six parts at some points. And, not to mention, the lyrics are beautiful.
This is going to be an awesome Christmas Festival for Mount Union. I am so so excited to be a part of it.
It’s on December 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Dewald Chapel. Be there or be square!
Call the Office of Alumni Relations and University Activities at (330) 823-2030 for tickets.