vocal ensemble


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

Scott R. Peterson

Artistic Director

To our Canticus Vocal Ensemble audience:

While the Covid-19 Virus is preventing us and you from enjoying and participating in live choral music performances, there is occasionally a bit of good news that come along.  Canticus Vocal Ensemble is pleased to announce we have received a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission in the amount of $4,000.00.  The grant is intended to provide support for arts groups that are feeling the financial pinch from the effects of the pandemic.  We are grateful to ArtsWa and the support they have provided Canticus as well as many arts and performing groups.  We encourage you to go to their website and read about the Washington State Arts Commission (link to the left of this page). 

We look forward to returning to the performance stage when it becomes safe for us to do so!  Stay healthy! 

Photo by Jeff Buege

December 15th, 2019, performance of Handel's Messiah at Englewood Christian Church in Yakima


“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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P. O. Box 9282

Yakima, WA  98909



Due to the Covid-19 crisis, Canticus Vocal Ensemble will not meet nor perform during the Fall of 2020.  We hope to be able to meet in the New Year.  The dates below are tentative and will occur if the health situation has improved in the Central Washington area. 

Saturday, March 13:   7:30pm Concert

                 1st United Methodist Church, Ellensburg

Sunday, March 14:  4:00pm; Concert

                 Englewood Christian Church, Yakima

Saturday, May  15: 7:30pm; Concert

                 1st United Methodist Church, Ellensburg

Sunday, May  16:  4:00pm; Concert

                 Englewood Christian Church, Yakima

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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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