About Chanticleer

Chanticleer presents LABYRINTHS this season.
New possibilities lurk around every corner of the labyrinth. Its twists and turns contain opportunity and setback. But whichever decision we make — forward or back, right or wrong — we always end up at our destination. Stick close as we explore the labyrinth.




The multiple Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble at a glance 

Group Information:

Established:  Founded by Louis Botto in 1978 in San Francisco.  2021-22 is the ensemble’s 44th Season.
Members: The multiple Grammy Award-winning all-male vocal ensemble is comprised of 12 singers hailing from across the U.S.
Repertoire: Chanticleer’s repertoire spans ten centuries from Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony and Romantic art song to contemporary music, jazz, spirituals and world music.
Concerts: Chanticleer gives approximately 100 concerts a year throughout the world.


What the Critics Are Saying:

  • “The singing of Chanticleer is breathtaking in its accuracy of intonation, purity of blend, variety of color and swagger of style.” – The Boston Globe
  • "Precise, pure and deeply felt singing.” – The New York Times
  • "Chanticleer fascinates and enthralls for much the same reason a fine chocolate or a Rolls Royce does: through luxurious perfection.” – Los Angeles Times
  • “The world’s reigning male chorus.” – The New Yorker
  • They are, to put it directly, one of the world’s best.” – San Francisco Chronicle


Some Facts, Stories and Anecdotes: 

Named after the clear-singing rooster in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Frequently called “an orchestra of voices”.  All 12 singers are full-time personnel on annual salary, which is rare for a vocal ensemble.  Has made more than 40 albums for Teldec/Warner Classics & Chanticleer Records. Tim Keeler joined the ensemble as Music Director in August 2020. Chanticleer’s newest recording, Chanticleer Sings Christmas, was released in October 2020. 

First United Methodist Church Music and Arts

The mission of the Music & Arts Ministries of First United Methodist Church is to connect people to God and to one another through excellent, diverse, and inspirational music and performing and visual arts. Is God calling you to share your talents through the church? If you sing, ring handbells or play another instrument, are interested in the visual arts or in theatrical production, you are invited to join us and develop your musical and artistic side while serving God with your talents. Participation in choirs, the division of drama or visual arts is open to all who wish to serve. Professional training is not required. If you are interested in learning more about the spiritual, musical, cultural, social and educational opportunities available in the Music and Arts Ministries please contact the music office at 719-471-8522 x110.