vocal ensemble


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

Scott R. Peterson

Artistic Director

Dear Canticus Vocal Ensemble friends:

As the Covid-19 crisis continues to prevent most musical arts groups from gathering to rehearse or perform, we in Canticus Vocal Ensemble wish all of our singers, board and audience members the best in terms of staying healthy.  We simply must be patient as we wait for a cure or preventative measures which will allow us to return to the art we love.  We look forward to the day when we will again be able to perform.  Our return concert will be entitled, "Songs of Hope," whenever that may be.  

Photo by Jeff Buege

Click above to see  a report from the American Choral Directors Association concerning the situation of choral music and Covid-19, published in June of 2020.

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

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Sunday, November 1: 4:00pm Choral Collage

                Englewood Christian Church, Yakima


Saturday, December 12:  7:30pm Holiday Concert 

                1st United Methodist, Ellensburg

Sunday, December  13:  4:00pm Choral Collage;           

                 Englewood Christian Church, Yakima

Sunday, December 20: Holiday Pops Concert

                  4:00pm Apple Tree Resort

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


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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