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Exciting news from the Canada Council for the Arts and Saman Shahi

We have some very exciting news from composer Saman Shahi:


Absolutely thrilled to learn that I will be receiving a commissioning grant from the Canada Council For the Arts to create a large-scale new piece for String Quartet and Choir titled “Fragments”. This 20-minute  will be premiered on MAy 11th 2024 as part of Cantabile Chamber Singers’ closing concert of the season. 


Thank you to the Canada Council for the Arts for granting us the opportunity to collaborate! We are so excited to premiere this new work in May 2024~


Composer Saman Shahi, Photo: Dahlia Katz

Get to know our composer:

Saman Shahi is JUNO-nominated composer, pianist, conductor and educator based in Toronto. His compositions have been performed, and broadcast around the world and include orchestral works, operas, ballets, and many works for choral, vocal and chamber ensembles. Saman holds a master’s degree in composition from the University of Toronto, is an affiliate Member of the Canadian League of Composers, Associate Composer at the Canadian Music Centre as well as a SOCAN member. He is a Co-Founder and the Executive Director at ICOT, Music Director at the Peterborough Concert band, and a composer and teaching artist with the Canadian Opera Company. In 2020 Saman’s debut composition album “Breathing in the Shadows” was recorded and released by Leaf Music. All song cycles in this album have won awards both in Canada and the United States including a 2022 JUNO Awards nomination. His second album, “Microlocking” was released by People|Places|Records in 2021.

New Season, Save the DATES!

Happy End of August!   The journey of Light   We are looking forward to another full season of in-person singing at the Church of the Redeemer this year. Cheryll has heard some lovely new voices to add to…

CCS Concert Season in Toronto

Concert 1 – In Paradisum  –November 9th 7:30 pm, St Patrick’s Catholic Church, 131 McCaul St  This is a joint concert with St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and the Candlelight Liturgy Singers featuring the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré, which was dedicated to his father, who died in 1885, and…

Season update 2019-2020

Happy Summer! We are excited to announce that we are accepting new singers for next season. If you and your friend is a tenor, bass or a soprano, who loves to excel and sing challenging music in an intimate…

Thank you for supporting our first show!

Thank you so much for coming out in the rain on Saturday to support our first show of the season! It was so great to see a full audience in attendance! We hope you enjoyed the music, singalong, and…

Mark your calendars!

Hi! We are excited about our new season- lots of new music, and some of it by Dr. Laura Sgroi, our Composer in-residence. Our rehearsals start on September 12th, which is also the date where YOU can audition to…