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, and inspiring communities
through great choral music.

To consistently offer artistic and educational experiences of the highest quality each year to the broadest and most diverse audience possible in the Central Oklahoma region ~ this is the mission of Canterbury Voices.

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 160-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 2021

Canterbury Voices collaborates with other arts organizations, including the OKC Philharmonic, Oklahoma City University singers, 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, and Ron Raines. Canterbury Voices strives to grow the catalog of new music by commissioning new choral works by composers including Stephen Paulus, Edward Knight, and Dominick Argento.

Canterbury also 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

QUOTE

“The arts are a big part of my life and an essential component to our lives together on this planet. Canterbury Voices truly came to my rescue – it gives me hope and something to look forward to.”

Katie // Alto, Canterbury Voices