About Cantilena Chamber Choir
Now in its fifteenth season, the Cantilena Chamber Choir is the Berkshire region’s leading a cappella group. The Choir has been heard on a special WMHT Christmas Eve radio broadcast of Lessons and Carols recorded at Trinity Church in Lenox. The Choir has collaborated with the New England Baroque Soloists, Aston Magna, The Empire Brass, Shakespeare & Company, the Lenox Library and the Berkshire Immigrant Center. Past season highlights include a performance of the silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc with live orchestra and choir, a program for the Tanglewood Music center’s 75th Anniversary year, a concert of Shaker songs performed for the Hancock Shaker Village 50th Anniversary gala; a concert of works by Shostakovich; and programs for children such as Kids 4 harmony. The Choir is in residence at Trinity Church, Lenox and it is a recipient of two Choral Arts New England’s Alfred Nash Patterson awards. It is also the recipient of an ongoing prestigious Peers grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Arts Council for its outstanding Martin Luther King Spirituals open sings and concerts.
Andrea Goodman is the founder and director of the Cantilena Chamber Choir. She has been a visiting professor of conducting at the New England Conservatory of Music where she also directed the women’s choir. During the summer she serves as the Director of the annual summer Saratoga Choral Festival. She has prepared choirs for the Philadelphia Orchestra under Charles Dutoit, and has previously served as Director of the Concord Chorus (MA), Director of Choirs at Skidmore College and New York University. Her guest appearances have included the Aspen (Colo.) Music Festival, the Festival de Musique Sacree in Fribourg, Switzerland, the Festival of White Nights and the Singing World Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. Dr. Goodman holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting.