Now in its 11th year, Cantorum Chamber Choir is comprised of singers from diverse musical backgrounds. Over one-third of its members are professional music educators, soloists, and studio singers.
In addition to winning top prizes at a 2016 Interkultur competition, including a special judges’ recognition, Cantorum has performed in the distinguished NOVA Chamber Series, collaborated with the Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble directed by composer, Howard Helvey, performed at the 2017 Western Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association, presented the opening concert of the 2019 Madeleine Festival held at the historic Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City, Utah, premiered S. Andrew Lloyd’s ethereal composition for choir and organ, Khrīstós II: Et ecce vox at Libby Gardner Hall in January 2020, performed onstage in two productions of Ballet West’s Carmina Burana, and most recently, was featured on Spotify’s “Classical New Releases” playlist performing the world premier of Jennifer Lucy Cook’s, For You I Will Be an Island.
Based in Orem, Utah, USA, Cantorum’s mission is to foster a high level of artistry in the community by creating outstanding choral music experiences for its audiences and to inspire a new generation through community outreach to young musicians.
Cantorum’s Artistic Director, Steve Durtschi, is also a high school choral director and music theory teacher. A former member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Salt Lake Vocal Artists, Durtschi was also the 2016 Utah Honor Choir Men’s Chorus conductor and was the 2019 recipient of the Sorenson Legacy Award for excellence in Arts Education.
Durtschi earned his Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Brigham Young University and his Bachelor of Arts in music education from Utah State University. He also studied organ at Utah State and has been active as an organist and member of the American Guild of Organists.