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Cantore, Latin for “singers,” is ten men who love to sing. Its members come from many walks of life, and include a project manager, software engineer, writer, middle school teacher, heavy equipment operator, photographer, and a pastor. They are all active in Harrisonburg, Virginia, area Mennonite churches. Their common bond is making good a cappella music. Their repertoire draws from a variety of styles and traditions, from standard religious choral works, to folk, international, bluegrass gospel, and barbershop. The group began in 1999 as a quartet, then doubled to eight, and finally settled on ten voices. Most performances are in church settings. Other venues include banquets, festivals, retirement communities, civic events, and several male chorus festivals in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Florida. Performances total over 300 from 2002 through 2017.

While the group looks to Jeremy Nafziger for cues and tempos, Cantore has no conductor. Matters of style and interpretation are arrived at by consensus within the group. Members often bring songs to rehearsals and make suggestions, expanding the repertoire and bringing new and interesting possibilities. Members switch voice parts occasionally, depending on the song. Current members of the group, listed in order of voice part, from high tenor to low bass, are: Joel Thomas, Jeff Myers, Jim Hershberger, Robert Maust, Jeremy Nafziger, Phil Kniss, David Clymer, Sam Kauffman, Jeffrey Smoker, Don Bomberger.

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