Every evening of America Cantat 8 is filled with music! Gala Choirs perform during evening concerts and present music from their home country and beyond. These choirs are some of the best in the world, and hail from all previous America Cantat host countries, in addition to the Bahamas, the United States, and Europe. All AC8 participants receive tickets to these events as part of their registration fee.
Eldridge McPhee, director
The Bahamas’ Bel Canto Singers is a semi-professional chamber choir that focuses on civic responsibility as much as musical integrity. In addition to performing nationally and internationally, the choir hosts fundraising gala concerts each season, donating the proceeds to various nonprofit entities. Bel Canto’s repertoire features both classical and contemporary works, sacred anthems, spirituals, Bahamian folk songs, show tunes, and more.
Ingrid Kõrvits, director
Estonia, Europa Cantat
Maintaining an active concert, tour, and competition schedule proves no problem for the young singers of Tallinn. The Estonian Choral Society named them Choir of the Year in 2005 and 2010, and throughout the choir’s history it has toured throughout Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, Spain, and Austria.
Cleophas Adderley, director
In 32 years, the Bahamas National Youth Choir has traveled to 25 countries, sung in 25 languages, performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The group is known for providing a forum for its singers to grow, learn, and develop both artistically and personally, while building an enduring national cultural institution.
Gisela Crespo, director
Under the direction of Gisela Crespo, the Chamber Choir of the University of the Americas (UDLAP) performs repertoire spanning eight centuries; the choir deftly performs the sparse sacred music of the medieval period, but easily adapts their sound for contemporary work and the music of Latin America. In addition to maintaining an active concert schedule in and around Mexico, the group travels internationally, regularly performing in competitions and festivals.
Audrey Dean-Wright, director
Known as the flagship choir of The College of The Bahamas, the Concert Choir performs regularly throughout the Caribbean. The group is praised for their dynamic vocal abilities and versatility, which they frequently showcase during performances that are just as likely to feature sacred hymns as they are to feature choral settings of popular songs or newly commissioned works. Most recently, the Concert Choir has been invited to perform at New York City’s Lincoln Center.
Adrian Archer, director
Now in their 18th year, the Highgrove Singers initially began as a small group of committed musicians focused on sharing and promoting music within their community. Since then, the choir has evolved into a highly sought-after chamber ensemble that performs regularly in solo concerts, liturgical services, and workshops and festivals. The group’s mission remains centered on creating a welcoming and exemplary choral music environment in their community.