Spring Semester at Trinity Cathedral Begins Wed., Jan. 9 - Register Now!

New This Spring: satellite location at St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church, Elkhorn. Rehearsals begin on Thursday, March 14. Register now!

Cantate Choral Academy offers opportunities for choral music education for children and youth using the Royal School of Church Music curriculum.

The mission of the Academy is formation for lifelong praise of God through sacred choral music in the Anglican tradition.  We seek to equip singers for this mission through music education of the highest quality and engagement of mind, body, and spirit in sacred choral offerings.

We offer two ensembles for children’s voices:

  • Laudate Choir – a preparatory choir for grades 1-3

  • Cantate Choir - an advanced choir for grades 4-8

These choirs are open to all children and youth in the Omaha area. Each singer and his or her parent/caregiver will meet with the director prior to admission to discuss expectations.

Both choirs will meet at Trinity Cathedral on Wednesdays starting at 5:00 p.m., September through May. Each week, choristers will engage in choral singing, musicianship classes, and spiritual formation. Choristers and their families will also share an evening meal each Wednesday at 6:15. Each choir will sing 3-4 times per semester. Two of these will be Sunday morning services at Trinity Cathedral, and the additional performances will occur at other times as announced. These may include collaborative performances with other performing arts organizations. The schedule for the entire semester will be published in advance. Choir members are expected to participate fully in all choir activities.

New satellite location in Elkhorn

In Spring 2019, we are offering a satellite location at St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church, 285 S 208th St. in Elkhorn, NE. We will meet on four Thursday afternoons at 5:00; March 14 and 21, April 4 and 11. All choristers from both locations will combine to sing for worship twice - once at Trinity Cathedral on April 28 and once at St. Augustine’s on May 5.

To register for this special six week program, click on the REGISTER button at the top of this page and select the Elkhorn location when completing the form.

This pilot program is funded through a grant from the Bishop Clarkson Foundation.

Goals and Curriculum

The goals of the Academy’s choirs are:

  • To encourage high quality liturgical singing by children and youth in the Omaha area

  • To supplement musical education and experiences provided in local parishes and schools

  • To offer the unique RSCM curriculum which encourages and expects a high level of musical achievement from young people

The RSCM curriculum provides a standardized system of award ribbons signifying achievement of musical milestones through the years of participation. The opportunity to work toward these ribbons, which are worn with the choir vestment in performances, provides motivation for students to achieve higher levels of musical achievement and literacy. RSCM also provides summer courses for older students which feature a week of intensive study and singing at one of several college campuses in the United States. Members of the Academy’s choirs will be eligible to apply for summer courses.

The Academy seeks to make our programming accessible to all. Instead of tuition, we rely on your financial gifts. We ask that families participating in the full program at our Omaha location donate $25.00 per month per student ($225 per year) to partially cover costs. Additionally, all parents/caregivers are expected to attend a short organizational meeting at the beginning of each semester and provide a simple meal for the Academy choirs twice a year. We also have several volunteer positions available and will be happy to discuss these with you.

Staff

The Director of Cantate Choral Academy is Dr. Marty Wheeler Burnett, Canon Precentor of Trinity Cathedral. Burnett holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Rice University, a doctorate from The University of the South, and has over 30 years of choral conducting experience. She received the Nebraska Choral Directors Association’s “Outstanding Choral Director of the Year” award in 2011 and Continuo Arts Foundation's national "Music Educator of the Month" award in March 2017. Dr. Burnett will be joined by assisting faculty who will provide instruction and keyboard accompaniment. All faculty and volunteers have completed Safeguarding God’s Children training and are committed to providing a safe, structured, and nurturing educational environment.