Dee Gauthier, Conductor
Cantus Femina, Western Michigan University's women's chorus, is a dynamic group of 32 to 40 auditioned voices specializing in repertoire for women. Rehearsals are from noon to 12:50 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Each year the ensemble performs at WMU as well as in surrounding communities. In October 2004, the choir was selected to sing at the American Choral Director's Association State Convention in Michigan. Cantus Femina has been featured in performance at NCCO conventions in both 2008 and 2011. The choir has performed with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra on three occasions. The most recent performance involved the Kalamazoo Civic Players, the KSO, and Cantus Femina in a collaborative production of Mendelssohn's Midsummer Nights Dream. Fall semester 2006, the ensemble sang with Tapestry, a professional women's ensemble from Boston, at Kalamazoo's Festival of Sacred Music. The chorus also joins the University Chorale and Collegiate Singers in the annual WMU Choral Holiday Concert and on the annual Homecoming Choral Showcase.
The ensemble sings a wide variety of literature and takes pride in singing newly written contemporary works. The choir's premiere performances include Celebremus by Ramona Luegen, Cantarcillo de la Virgen by Paul Carey, and Ave Maris Stella by Chan Ka Nin. Cantus Femina also hosted the Michigan American Choral Directors Association Collegiate Women's Chorus Festival in April 2002-05. Cantus Femina is conducted by Dr. Delores Gauthier.