2021-2022 Season

Cantilena Women's Chorale singing, directed by Jennifer Kane and accompanied by Joshua T. Lawton

Spring 2022

Ripple Effect: Songs for Expanding Community

Sunday May 15, 2022 at 4:00 PM


On Sunday, May 15th, Cantilena - a Women's Chorale - welcomes concert-goers back to our performance venue - First Parish  in Arlington, MA - after a two year hiatus of online singing. With the goal of bringing our music to a broader audience, we celebrate our return to the local choral scene with “Ripple Effect: Songs for Expanding Community.”


“The program explores the idea that as we work within ourselves to become confident in our abilities, committed to our ideals, and loving of those around us, our efforts 'ripple' outward to the community that surrounds us. As we work to strengthen ourselves, we are working to strengthen our community. This community might be our family, our local area, a shared interest or even the wider global community. In each of these, we find a place and way to make a positive impact.” - Elinor Armsby, Cantilena Artistic Director


The selected works, written in the last hundred years, span various cultures and musical styles, including traditional Zulu, Iraqi, Irish & American folk songs and compositions by Randall Thompson [Frostiana],  Gwyneth Walker [Now I Become Myself], Roger Bourland [Alarcón Madrigals], Ysaye Barnwell [Would You Harbor Me], Ruth Moody [One Voice], Rosephanye Powell [Still I Rise], and Anne Lister [Stone Circles]. 

When you make a donation to the Ripple Effect Matching Fund, Cantilena will double your gift and give you exclusive access to this spring's concert video as a thank you!
Go to https://bit.ly/Cantilena_PayPal to donate online or send your mailed donation* to
Cantilena, Inc.
P.O. Box 465
Arlington, MA 02476


*Please write "MATCH" in the memo line.

Fall 2021

Fire in the Garden:
Choral music about climate change

December 12, 2021 (Sunday) at 8:00pm (livestreamed)

Cantilena believes that music about climate change, a topic of global and urgent interest, has been sadly lacking from choral literature.
We are spotlighting the state of the climate crisis with a major new commissioned work for women's voices by composer Giselle Wyers.

The powerful texts for this choral premiere are taken from the words of climate activists and thinkers. Drawing from diverse sources such as Greta Thunberg, Denise Levertov, Barbara Deming, and Hildegard von Bingen, Seattle-based Wyers addresses environmental changes that have already occurred as well as inevitable changes yet to come, and concludes with a call for all of us to act now to forestall even greater disaster.

This concert also features other ecologically-focused choral works, such as "The Blue Eye of God" by Canadian Nancy Telfer and "Greta Sails" by Moira Smiley, and other works that highlight the beauty and importance of the natural world.

Red, orange, and yellow colored flames superimposed on the silhouette of a tree

Watch or listen to interim director
Allegra Martin's conversation with Giselle Wyers
about the creative process behind
Fire in the Garden: A Climate Change Trilogy



Featured during Arlington's 2022 EcoWeek

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