Cantate is one of five vocal ensembles at Bosque School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is an auditioned choir comprised of students in grades 9-12. Cantate performs works of all genres and has commissioned two contemporary a cappella works in the past six years. In addition to regular performances for morning meeting, Cantate is routinely asked to perform for prestigious campus events, numerous community events, and has traveled and performed in Los Angeles, CA; Savannah, GA; Houston and Dallas, TX; and on the world famous Carnegie Hall stage in New York City and on stage at Disneyland as part of the Disneyland Performing Artists Series. Most recently, the choir auditioned and was selected to sing with Z. Randall Stroope with the Rome Choral Festival at the Basilica di Santa Maria Sopra Minerva in Rome, Italy, and at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. During the 2011-2012 school year, Cantate was asked to perform with Quintessence and in 2012-13 participated in a Master Class with VOCES8 at Bosque School. Along with regular choir concerts, members of the choir are showcased in a very popular Spaghetti and Serenades evening of solos and ensembles. Treble Ensemble is one of the five vocal ensembles at Bosque School and showcases unchanged voices in a non-competitive class that focuses on vocal technique and projection. Treble Ensemble is comprised of students in grades 9-12 and performs for many functions at Bosque School including morning meeting and other fun opportunities such as Otter Day!
Joanna Carlson Hart, director
Joanna Carlson Hart is a graduate of the Master’s Program in Vocal Performance at the University of New Mexico and received her Bachelor’s degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where she studied under the renowned conductor and composer René Clausen. Ms. Hart has sung roles with the Santa Fe Opera, Opera Southwest, UNM Opera Theatre, and the International Opera Academy in Rome, and as a soloist with the Albuquerque Philharmonic, Concordia Choir, St. Joseph Symphony, UNM Orchestra, and the Concordia College Orchestra. In the fall of 2011, Ms. Hart performed the soprano solo under the direction of Dr. Clausen at Avery Fischer Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City for his piece Memorial. She is in her eleventh year as director of choirs at Bosque School, an independent College Preparatory School, and has found another love in teaching. Under her direction, the choirs have grown from six students to seventy-five in the upper school, and doubled in size in the middle school. Ms. Hart conducts five different choirs ranging from sixth through twelfth grade. Ms. Hart is often invited to adjudicate solo and ensemble and choral festivals throughout New Mexico and around the country.