About Cantilena Chamber Choir
The Cantilena Chamber Choir, now in its 16th season, is comprised of 24 dedicated singers of the highest caliber who possess vocal training, excellent sight-reading skills and considerable choral experience. Its accolades include a multi-year Cultural Portfolio grant award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for its annual Martin Luther King program and two Choral Arts New England Alfred Nash Patterson awards for innovative programming. Special guests have included actors Jonathan Epstein, Allyn Burrows, Annette Miller, Benjamin Luxon, Tina Packer and author Geraldine Brooks among others. Collaborations have been with Baltimore’s Urban Choral Arts Society, Cambridge Concentus, Aston Magna, Tanglewood, the Empire Brass, and six Berkshire public schools. It has appeared at Tanglewood, the Mahaiwe and Colonial Theaters, Hancock Shaker Village, The Mount, The Berkshire Museum, Hevreh, and WGBY in Springfield. This September the choir repeated May 2018’s critically acclaimed showing of Le Passion de Jeanne D’Arc with the original 1928 score for choir, organ and orchestra performed live at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
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.