Cantata Academy Chorale

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Cantata Academy Chorale
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Background Information



Years Active

1961 - Present

Musical Director, Conductor

Susan Catanese

Mailing Address

Cantata Academy Chorale
P.O. Box 1958 Royal Oak, MI 48068


(313) 242-7282




Cantata Academy Chorale is an ensemble of accomplished singers performing exemplary choral music in many genres. Since it's founding in 1961, Cantata Academy has had five talented individuals serve in the post of Music Director and Conductor. Arthur Stephan led the group from its founding to 1971. Maestro Frederick Bellinger led Cantata Academy from 1971 to 1999. Dr. Michael A. Mitchell, Professor of Music at Oakland University, took the helm from 1999 to 2008. Maurice Draughn led the ensemble from 2008 to 2010 and Susan Catanese has led the Chorale since July 2010.

Cantata Academy has appeared with every major orchestra in the Detroit metropolitan area. Beginning 1973, the Chorale has made tours to Europe performing in over 20 different countries. In addition to its own concerts each season, Cantata Academy has collaborated with other professional musical ensembles to produce special event concerts.


Susan Catanese

Musical Director, Conductor

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Susan Catanese has been the Chorale’s Music Director and Conductorfor the Cantata Academy Chorale since July 2010. Susan Catanese, a gifted and experienced choral conductor retired from Chippewa Valley Schools, where she was named Outstanding High School Educator of the Year for Macomb County. Susan has thrice served as State Honors Choir Director and has received numerous awards for excellence in choral music. She is also a former associate director and chamber choir director of the Madrigal Chorale of Southfield. Ms. Catanese has served on the Executive Board of the Michigan School Vocal Music Association, which elected her Michigan’s Outstanding Vocal Music Teacher of the Year.


CD's/Digital downloads:

  • That Music Always Round Me CD (2014) Website
  • Born This Day CD (1997) Amazon
  • Feel The Spirit Cassette (1991) Amazon


External Links

YouTube Channel