Le Cantanti di Chicago

Our story


Le Cantanti di Chicago (The Singing Women of Chicago) is a 20+ member women's choir based in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. It was founded in 2014 by Sri Lankan born musician Dhilanthi Fernando who is also its director.The women who comprise the choir come from many backgrounds and nationalities, and meet for rehearsals on Saturdays from 4-6pm at the Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago. We perform two main concerts a year - in the spring and in December, and more informal performances as and when the need arises. 

Our repertoire is drawn from many genres, styles and languages, and includes both original compositions for women's voices as well as arrangements.

Performances thus far have included our inaugural concert in May 2015, to raise funds for the victims of the Nepalese earthquake, Make Music Chicago 2015 at the 63rd Street Beach House, Holiday Concert in December 2015, celebrating "light" and "giving" in our many religious traditions. February 2016 saw us in the East Room of Montgomery Place, performing and leading the audience in a community sing-along. In the spring of 2016 we joined the choir of Hyde Park Union Church at their worship service, the offering at which was donated to the city of Kumamoto, Japan, after it was devastated by an earthquake. Our spring 2016 concert was a fund-raiser for the victims of the earthquake in Ecuador. We joined other musicians on June 21, 2016 to once again celebrate Make Music Chicago, at the University of Chicago International House.

In December 2016, we held our 2nd annual Holiday Concert, featuring Benjamin Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols" with harpist Michael Maganuco.

January 21, 2017 saw us joining our voices with those of 250,000 women and men who marched along with us on the streets of Chicago at the Women's March, in solidarity with women everywhere.

On May 21st, 2017 we performed our spring concert - "Songs of Life, LIberty and Love" at the beautiful St. Therese Catholic Church in Chinatown, as a benefit for a church in China that was destroyed by a fire. We were joined by the resident choir of St Therese, Sacred Sound, in a rousing rendition of Revelation 19.

From June 27-July 3, 2017 we joined choirs from 12 countries in a choral festival organized by Classical Movements, Inc. in Washington, DC, in collaboration with the John F Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, to celebrate the birth centennial of President Kennedy, and the founding of the Peace Corps.

We look forward to producing our first CD in 2018!

Our Mission 

We are a diverse group of women enriching our world through the joy of choral performance, weaving a musical tapestry from many genres and cultures. We are committed to using our voices to uplift the human spirit and to support causes that promote peace, hope, and wholeness in the world.

Our Accompanists:

Jennifer McCabe

Laura Voigt

Cacie Willhoft

Guest musicianshave included:

Marlena Dzis, soprano

Lyle Nicholson, baritone

Michael Maganuco, harp

Our Director: Dhilanthi Fernando