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Messiah, Part 1

Messiah, Part 2
Messiah, Part 3

Happy Holidays to all our Canticus members, audience and sponsors!

It goes without saying that this has been the most disappointing and frustrating year, perhaps ever in the memories of our Canticus family.  We simply have not been able to do what we love: sing!  While we deal with this situation as best we can, we would like to share our performance of Handel's Messiah from last December 15th at Englewood Christian Church in Yakima.  

We are not letting this get us down and we WILL BE BACK as soon as it is safe for our members to gather and rehearse.  We are already planning a return concert entitled "Songs of Hope."  It will be our first concert back and obviously we don't know the date yet but we have every confidence that Canticus will return.  

In the meantime: Please be safe; wear your mask for others if not yourself, and isolate so we can all get back to what we love sooner.  Please enjoy the performance of Messiah! 

All the best to you and yours!

Scott Peterson

Artistic Director and Conductor

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.   



Due to the Covid-19 crisis, Canticus Vocal Ensemble will not meet nor perform during the Fall of 2020 nor in the Spring of 2021. We hope to be able to meet in the Fall of 2021 and present a Holiday Concert in December of 2012.  The theme of our first concert back will be "Songs of Hope" no matter when it happens, and it WILL happen!  At this point, we want to make sure the situation is completely safe for all our members and our audience alike.  So be safe,...wear your mask...stay away from each other and please do it so we can get back to what we love: SINGING!   

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P. O. Box 9282

Yakima, WA  98909

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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

Our supporters from past seasons: 

Mitzi Casey

Erin Cone & Aaron Hirsch

Linda & Tim Drumhiller

Linda Dunham

Rosemary A. C. Gottlieb

Darlene & Rob Fairbrook

Jean Gunderson

Mary & Harold Fredrickson

Corrine & Sam Hines

Dr. Linda Kaminski

Jean & Larry Keeler

Noel Kelley

Robin & John Kisala

Ann Miller

Penny & Russ Myers

Virginia Prochnow

Purna & Dave Rankin

Nona L. Schulz

Shirley & Robert Strader

Mary & Curtis Sundquist 

Tamara & Gary Tollefson

Katy & John Svendson

Joyce Swart

Kris & Ola Vestad

Ulla Whitmont

Kathleen Wilcox

Yakima Classic Printing

Frank Cone Photography, Wenatchee

Gård Vintners, Ellensburg

C A N T I C U S Vocal Ensemble

P. O. Box 9282

Yakima, WA  98909



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