The American Kantorei is organized and is dedicated exclusively for nonprofit purposes, and will operate exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. The American Kantorei was organized as a musical performing arts organization to promote the performance of J.S. Bach’s Cantatas and other choral and instrumental music and related musical educational and performance activities for the education and enjoyment of the public.
The American Kantorei was incorporated as an independent Missouri nonprofit corporation for the first time in July of 2017. The group previously existed as a ‘program’ of the Concordia Seminary in Clayton, Missouri for more than 25 years, with a rich musical history and tradition that stretches back even further. The American Kantorei held its last concert at the Seminary in May of 2017 when Concordia Seminary decided in the Spring of 2017 that it could no longer support its ‘Bach at the Sem’ music series. Following that concert, certain musicians, supporters and friends of the American Kantorei, unwilling to let such a long-standing and important musical tradition within the St. Louis region fall away, engaged in a grassroots campaign to organize the American Kantorei as a stand-alone nonprofit corporation and to initiate a fundraising effort to enable the American Kantorei to continue to promote its mission and vision of performing Bach’s (and others’) sacred choral works.
The American Kantorei plans to organize and present musical performances to the general public within the St. Louis Region. The American Kantorei is made up of an approximately 24 person choir and 15-22 person orchestra, and specializes in the performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s sacred choral works in the original German, as well as music of Schütz, Buxtehude, Mendelssohn and other Lutheran composers. Depending upon financial resources, up to four complete performances will be offered annually.