Canticus Vocal Ensemble
Spring Performances:
Sunday, May 15th: CWU Choral Concert, 4 p.m.
Hertz Concert Hall, CWU Music Building
Sunday, May 22nd: CWU Chamber Choir joins Canticus in concert:
  4 p.m., Englewood Christian Church

Scott Peterson

Artistic Director and Conductor

Canticus Vocal Ensemble

“To perform choral chamber works at the highest level.”

Canticus Vocal Ensemble is supported, in part, by grants from
the Washington State Arts Commission and
the National Endowment for the Arts,
as well as generous donors who contribute
so that quality chamber choral music will
continue in Central Washington. 
Thank you! 


We are back!  Concert on May 22nd!!

Canticus Vocal Ensemble — Central Washington’s premier chamber chorus — is back in business.

         After being unable to perform for the past two years due to the worldwide pandemic, Canticus will be making its first post-pandemic performance in Yakima at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 22, in the sanctuary at Englewood Christian Church, 511 North 44th Avenue.

         The Central Washington University Chamber Choir will also be performing as special guests. The CWU Chamber Choir has performed in England, Spain, Germany and at many conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education. Both choirs will be conducted by Scott Peterson, Canticus Vocal Ensemble’s artistic director. 

         The concert will include a wide variety of music such as “Five Hebrew Love Songs” by Eric Whitacre, “Flight Song” by Kim Andre Arneson, “If Music Be The Food Of Love” by David Dickau and many other works. 

         Tickets will be sold at the door. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Credit cards are accepted. Audience members are encouraged to wear masks during the performance to minimize the risk of infection. 

Click below to hear recent performances by Canticus Vocal Ensemble


“Canticus,” (Kahn-tee-koos) Latin for “to sing,” is the name as well as the purpose of CANTICUS VOCAL ENSEMBLE.  CANTICUS is a chamber choir which presents a variety of music from various genres and historical periods. CANTICUS serves the Central Washington area, performing choral music at a high artistic level suited for a small choir.   

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Canticus Vocal Ensemble would not exist without the generous support of our sponsors!

Canticus Vocal Ensemble wishes to extend sincere thanks and appreciation to Jane and Roger Finch who made a major donation to CVE and to State Farm Insurance who matched the donation in Spring of 2021!  Thanks, Jane and Roger!


2019 - 2020 Season


wants to extend our thanks to those who have donated to support chamber choral music in Central Washington!

CANTICUS VOCAL ENSEMBLE is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Podium Sponsor

Helen Riehl


Messiah Silver Orchestra Sponsor 

Caribou Ranches

Messiah Bronze Sponsors

Jack and Connie Bloxom

TJ Tjarnberg and Brooke Creswell

Jane and Roger Finch

Leslie and Spencer Hatton

David and Mary Huycke

Julie and David Lambertson

Lois and Tap Menard

​Jane and Scott Peterson

Patricia Sundquist

Messiah Concert Sponsor 

Karen and John Baken

Andrea Prentice and Charles Chesney

Rebecca Schoel 

Becky and Larry Scholl


Messiah Friends

Linda Dunham

Mary and Harold Frederickson

Rosemary Gill

Lisa and Mark Griffith

Marie and Frederick Halvorson

Leah and Felip Holbrook

Kathryn and Royal Keith

Bonita and Rebecca Kennedy

Danene and Robert Knudsen

Mary Ann and Clay Mobley

Kirsten and Duane Monick

Julie and Julie Schreiner

Millie and Kenneth Stenehjem

Mary and Curtis Sundquist

Katy and John Svendsen

Joyce Swart

Rita and Ric Pilgrim

Erika Vestad

Kris and Ola Vestad 

Lynn and Jerry Ward

Ulla and Andrew Whitmont