As I Walk the Silent Earth; Songs of Reflection

Concert Program


God is There

Ubi Caritas, Ola Gjeilo
Prayer to Jesus, George Oldroyd
I Will Praise Thee, O Lord, Knut Nystedt

Grant us Peace

Agnus Dei from Mass Op. 84, Vincent Persichetti
Peace, I Leave With You, Knut Nystedt
Peace, Like a River, Arr. Cristian Cantu


Three Shakespeare Songs, Ralph Vaughan Williams
  1. Over Hill, Over Dale
Sure on this shining night, Samuel Barber
Three Shakespeare Songs, Ralph Vaughan Williams
  1. Full Fathom Five
Stars, Eriks Esenvalds

Homeward Bound

As I Walk the Silent Earth, Thomas LaVoy
With a Lily in Your Hand, Eric Whitacre
The Road Home, Stephen Paulus

Austin Cantorum

Austin Cantorum is a professional vocal chamber ensemble featuring professional musicians living and working in Austin, Texas. Their repertoire includes sacred and secular works from early Baroque to newly commissioned works.

The members represent a range of advanced degrees from reputable schools including University of Texas, University of North Texas, Oklahoma State University, University of Illinois, and Temple University.

The members of the group believe in supporting, sharing talents, and contributing to local ensembles other than their own. The members also sing professionally with ensembles including Conspirare, St. Louis Catholic Church King Singers, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Choir, St. David's Episcopal Church Compline Choir, Inversion, Ars Longa, Panoramic Voices, Chorus Austin, Texas Early Music Project and Austin Opera.

Cristian Cantu, Director

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Cristian Cantu began his professional music studies at the Baltimore School for the Arts before earning his Bachelor of the Arts degree in Music and Horn from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia, graduating cum laude in December, 2015. As a vocalist and horn player under the direction of Constantina Tsolainou, Jamie L. Nix, and Paul Hostetter, Cristian has performed with the Columbus State University Wind Ensemble, University Singers, Choral Union, Philharmonic, New Music Ensemble, and Uptown Wind Quintet in which he has been invited to several conferences including CBDNA Regional and National conferences, and GMEA.

Cristian is actively involved as a musician of the Episcopal Church following a yearlong conducting and organ scholarship at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Columbus, Georgia under the instruction of Choirmaster–Organist, Rick McKnight. Currently, Cristian is singing with Ars Longa Ensemble, St. David’s Episcopal Church Compline and Parish Choirs, and is becoming an avid supporter of the new music scene at the University of Texas at Austin and in the greater-Austin area. This season, he has performed in UT’s Pale Blue., will be performing in the premier of a new opera at the Cohen New Works Festival this April, and will be performing at SXSW 2017 . In the past, Cristian has performed in the horn sections of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Springer Opera House Orchestra, and the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra.

Cristian is earning his Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at The University of Texas at Austin under the instruction of Dr. James Morrow. He is unendingly grateful for Dr. Morrow’s support, and the support of the incredible musicians of Austin Cantorum.