Our mission is to transform lives, educate the future and inspire communities through great choral music. Canterbury’s vision is to continually offer artistic and educational experiences of the highest quality each year to the broadest and most diverse audience possible in the Central Oklahoma region.
Canterbury Voices was founded in May 1969 as Canterbury Choral Society at All Souls Episcopal Church with 60 singers and now performs in Oklahoma City’s premier performance venue, Civic Center Music Hall. The 125-member Adult Chorus is the flagship program of the organization and the largest of its kind in the state of Oklahoma. All singers are auditioned volunteers, most with extensive musical and stage experience, and come from all over Oklahoma. The Adult Chorus collaborates with many sister arts agencies like the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Oklahoma City University singers, Oklahoma City Ballet, as well as many talented singers and musicians from around the United States including, Kelli O’Hara, Sarah Coburn and Ron Raines.
Canterbury Voices and the Oklahoma City University Wanda L. Bass School of Music share a unique partnership through the creation of a joint artistic position and through their vision of forming a center for choral excellence. Other collaborations include a shared choral music library, students performing with the adult chorus on selected concerts and student participation in Canterbury adult and youth programs as conducting and staff assistants.