About Us

Now in its fifth decade, Canterbury Voices has grown into the premier symphony chorus of Oklahoma, bringing singers and audiences from throughout our great state to the place where music truly comes alive.

Transforming lives, educating the future & inspiring communities
through great choral music.

Consistently offering artistic and educational experiences of the highest quality each year to the broadest and most diverse audience possible in the Central Oklahoma region.

PROUD MEMBER OF

CANTERBURY VOICES ARTISTIC DIRECTORS

Myles Criss
1969-1978

Dr. Dennis Shrock
1981-1998

James Hughes
2000-2001

Dr. Constantina Tsolainou
2001-2003

Dr. Randi Von Ellefson
2004-present

MAY 1969

Canterbury Voices was founded in May 1969 as Canterbury Choral Society, and met at All Souls Episcopal Church with 60 singers. Our first concert outside was a sold out performance held at the Stage Center in downtown OKC. Canterbury now performs in Oklahoma City’s premier performance venue, the Civic Center Music Hall.

In 1997, Canterbury took the reins of the Children’s Choral Society of Oklahoma, and grew into a four-choir, 200-voice educational organization. The 150-member Adult Chorus is the flagship program – the largest of its kind in Oklahoma. All singers are auditioned, most with extensive musical and stage experience, and come from all over Oklahoma.

Canterbury Choral Society, 1969
All Souls Episcopal Church, OKC

TODAY 2022

Canterbury Voices collaborates with other arts organizations including the OKC Philharmonic, Oklahoma City Ballet, and Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra, as well as many talented singers and musicians from around the United States, including Kelli O’Hara, Sarah Coburn, Gabriel Preisser, and Ron Raines. On June 23, 2022, Canterbury joined Andrea Bocelli in concert in downtown OKC. Canterbury Voices also strives to grow the catalog of new music by commissioning new choral works by composers including Stephen Paulus, Edward Knight, David Janssen, Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, and Dominick Argento.

Canterbury Voices shares a unique partnership with Oklahoma City University’s Wanda L. Bass School of Music through the creation of a joint artistic position and music internships, fulfilling a combined vision for forming an artistic center in Oklahoma for choral excellence.

Canterbury Voices, 2018
Civic Center Music Hall, OKC

OF NOTE

1995

Canterbury Voices presented music for ‘A Time of Healing’ five days after the OKC Murrah Building Bombing in downtown Oklahoma City. Joined by President and Mrs. Bill Clinton, Governor and Mrs. Frank Keating, and Reverend Billy Graham, the service was held at the OKC Fairgrounds.

2007

Canterbury Voices joined with legendary jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck and the Dave Brubeck Quartet to present ‘To Hope: A Celebration!‘ at the Civic Center. In this same season, Canterbury Voices also presented the world premiere ‘A Procession of Seasons‘ by composer Stephen Paulus.

2009

Presented the World Premiere ‘Cenotaph‘ by Dominic Argento for the American Choral Directors Association’s 50th Anniversary.

2013

Presented the Oklahoma Premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s ‘MASS,’ a fully-staged music theatre piece, utilizing over 300 performers from Canterbury Voices, Canterbury Youth Choruses, and Oklahoma City University.

2016

Presented the World Premiere ‘Misha’ Sipokni‘ (The Old Ground) by Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate. Joined by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the piece was sung entirely in Chickasaw.

2021

Presented the World Premiere ‘Of Perpetual Solace‘ by Edward Knight and MJ Alexander to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Oklahoma City Murrah Building Bombing. The concert included the Canterbury Youth Voices Chorale, Soprano Lisa Reagan Love, and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.

2022

Canterbury Voices was named the winner of The American Prize for 2022 in Choral Performance, Community Division. Canterbury is also a National Finalist for Virtual Performance / Community Division, to be announced.

2022

Canterbury Voices performed with Andrea Bocelli and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic as part of the Believe North American Tour on June 23 at the Paycom Center.

Canterbury Voices has also performed with artists Kelli O’Hara, Ron Raines, Sarah Coburn, Gabriel Preisser and Barry Manilow.