“Nothing short of remarkable…they, quite simply, bring whatever they sing to glorious life.”  That is how the Deseret Morning News described a concert by Calmus, the First Prize Winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition. Founded in 1999 in Germany, the a cappella quintet embodies the rich choral tradition of its hometown of Leipzig, the city so closely associated with Bach and Mendelssohn.  Whether singing music by those German masters or other works in its diverse repertoire, Calmus captivates both audiences and critics with its charming stage presence, flawless technique and entertaining presentation.

All graduates of Leipzig‘s renowned St. Thomas Church Choir School, Calmus offers the unique combination of a pure soprano voice with four male voices ranging from bass to countertenor.  The seamless blend of these five voices lends itself to the almost limitless range of music the ensemble offers, from renaissance and baroque masters through great German romantic works, all the way to contemporary choral repertoire, as well as pop songs and jazz.  With nearly 20 recordings to their credit, Calmus‘ current album release, Folk Songs, features 21 folk songs from around the world.

The group has performed at major series and halls in North America including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Lincoln Center Great Performers series, Ravinia Festival and Washington Performing Arts. The group’s activie worldwide schedule has taken Calmus across Germany, Austria Belgium, Switzerland, France, Ireland, Spain and Portugal as well as Central and South America.  Festival appearances include International a cappella Week in Hannover and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival.


J.S. Bach: Jesu, meine Freude (BMV 227) , So nun der Geist (chorus)

J.S. Bach: Jesu, meine Freude (BMV 227), Ihr aber seid nicht fleischlich (fuga)

Reger: Nachtlied, Die Nacht ist kommen

Fredo Jung: Die Vogelhochzeit

Hugo Distler: Singet dem Herr ein neues Lied

Billy Joel: Lullabye / Good Night My Angel

George Kreisler: Barbara

Ramirez (arr. Gregor Meyer): La Peregrinacion

G.P. da Palestrina: Et in spiritum

Chilcott: Nova! nova!

Mendelssohn: Mein Herz erhebet Gott, den Herrn

Freddie Mercury: Bring Back That Leroy Brown

Wilhelm Weismann: Der 23. Psalm, Der Herr ist mein Hirte


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    "Missa O admirabile commercium" G. P. da Palestrina

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    Rise up, shepherd, and follow


  • Quotes

    “Calmus Ensemble is stunning in its vocal variety, mastery.”  “The group held the audience…spellbound with its artistry.”  “…in matters of pitch, diction and musical shaping, I’ve never heard finer ensemble singing.”

    -The Washington Post


    “ …a flawlessly blended sound, relying not only [on] seamlessly meshed vocal timbres but on ornaments placed with absolute precision across all five voices… the singers bring tremendous character and musical depth to their interpretations, conveying the tone and meaning of lyrics in a fashion that transcends the language of the lyrics.”

    -Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


    “… a showcase of sophisticated ensemble singing, in quite a variety of repertory… each singer had a distinctive sonority, but in combinations from two to five voices they evinced impeccable balance and a keen collective feeling for the rise and fall of phrases and the nuances of harmony.”

    -Dallas Morning News


    “…the Calmus Ensemble shifts from smoldering passions to reverent simplicity; the journey through sound and time is quixotic and fantastic.”

    -Choral Journal


    “…nothing short of remarkable. These five young artists achieved the impossible and brought a cappella singing to a higher level.” “What distinguishes this quintet is the clarity and precision of its tone, its articulation and perfect intonation.. their interpretive talents and musicality are matchless.” “They infuse their singing with wonderful lyricism and exquisite expressiveness, they bring passion to their interpretations and they, quite simply, bring whatever they sing to glorious life.”

    -Deseret Morning News


    “…clear melodic lines and expressive phrasing. It was stunning. I sat through the performance with my mouth agape and a smile on my lips.”

    -Classical Voice of North Carolina


    “They are an elegant and highly polished a cappella ensemble…with crystalline purity… the Calmus Ensemble sings with a natural sense of pitch that goes way beyond simply singing in tune. They feel the character of the chord together.”

    -Theater Jones, Dallas, TX


    “…cleanly articulated, clear-voiced, perfectly balanced ensemble singing, every note, every chord given exacting importance, delivered in the most vocally attractive, musically expressive style.”

    -ClassicsToday .com


    “…precise intonation, impeccable blending and vocal beauty.”

    -Salt Lake Tribune

  • Reviews


  • Programs

    Christmas Carols of the World

    Anonymous/arr. Calmus                           Veni, veni Emmanuel


    Orlando di Lasso                                      Introitus:  Puer natus est nobis **

    1530-1594 (Netherlands)                                 **from the Officium Natalis Christi (c. 1574)

    Thomas Ravenscroft/arr. L.  Böhme        Remember, O Thou Man

    1590-1633  (England)

    Traditional/arr. Reiko Füting                   Eta notsch swjataja


    Orlando di Lasso                                      Alleluia: Dies sanctificatus**

    Traditional/arr. Böhme                            A Nai Naoimh

    Traditional/arr. Naomi Crellin                 Wexford Carol


    Orlando di Lasso                                      Sequentia:  Natus ante saecula**

                                                                      Communio: Viderunt omnes**

    Anonymous/ arr. Böhme                          Il est né, le divin Enfant

    Pub.1862 (France)


    Traditional/arr. S. Krause                        Rise up, shepherd, and follow

    Pub. 1867 (USA)

    Traditional/arr. Fredo Jung                     Les anges dans nos campagnes


    Alice Tegner/arr. Robert Sund                 Betlehems Stjärna

    1864-1943 (Sweden)

    Franz Gruber/arr. Jung                           Stille Nacht

    1787-1863 (Austria/International)

    Irving Berlin/arr. Krause                          White Christmas

    1888-1989 (USA)

    Traditional/arr. Juan Garcia                    De tierra lejana venimos

    (Puerto Rico)

    Britt Lindeborg/arr. Garcia                     Hej mit vinterland

    1928-1998 (Sweden)

    Traditional/ arr. Böhme                           The Twelve Days of Christmas

    Pub. 1780 (England)

    European Sacred Masterpieces

    Henry Purcell I was glad
    1659-1695 Remember not, Lord, our offences
    Lord, how long wilt thou be angry

    Edvard Grieg Hvad est du dog skjön
    1843-1907 Jesus Kristus er opfaren
    from: Psalms op. 74/1,3

    Francis Poulenc Salve Regina
    Tenebrae factae sunt
    from: Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence

    Claudio Monteverdi Laudate pueri
    1567-1643 Lauda Jerusalem
    from: Selva morale e spiritual (1640/41)

    Josquin des Préz Miserere mei, Deus
    c. 1450/55-1521

    Arvo Pärt Two Slavonic Psalms
    * 1935 Psalm 117/131 (1984, rev. 1997)

    Joseph Gabriel Rheinberger Confitebor tibi Domine
    1839-1901 Benedictus Dominus
    In Deo speravit
    from: Five Motets, op. 163

    Johann Sebastian Bach Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden
    1685-1750 Motet BWV 230




    What Is Our Life?                              Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)

    poem: Sir Walter Raleigh

                                                               (after Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”)

    Twelfth Night

    Come Away, Death                           Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (b.1963)

    from: Four Shakespeare Songs, 1984

    If Music Be The Food Of Love           Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

    Arr. Sebastian Krause

    O Mistress Mine                                Nancy Wertsch (b. 1943)

    from: A Shakespeare Suite


    Look In Thy Glass (No. 3)                  John Tavener (1944-2013)

    from: Three Shakespeare Sonnets

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    Lullabye                                             Jaakko Mäntyjärvi

    from: Four Shakespeare Songs, 1984

    Over Hill, Over Dale                          Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

    from: Three Shakespeare Songs, 1951

    You Spotted Snakes                          Jussi Chydenius (b. 1972)


    O, How Much More (No. 54)              Paul Crabtree (b. 1960)

    from: Three Rose Madrigals


    Fear No More                                     John Tavener

    from: Three Shakespeare Sonnets

    Hark, Hark! The Lark                         Matthew Harris (b. 1956)

    from: Shakespeare Songs, Book I

    Fear No More                                     Jussi Chydenius


    The Tragedy Of Othello

    O Willo, Willo, Willo!                         Anonymus (from a manuscript of the British Museum)

    Arr.  Ludwig Böhme

    A Poor Soul Sat Sighing                    Pelham Humfrey (1647-1674)

    Arr. Ludwig Böhme


    So Are You (No. 75)                          Juhani Komulainen (b. 1953)

    from: Three Sonnets Of Shakespeare, 1993

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    Next Winter                                        Henry Purcell

    Hush No More                                    (fromThe Fairy Queen”) arr: Calmus Ensemble

    If Love’s A Sweet Passion                 Libretto: anonymus (attributed to Thomas Betterton)


    Sweet Love, Renew Thy Force         Robert Applebaum (b. 1941)

    (No. 56)

    The Tempest

    Full Fathom Five                                Jaakko Mäntyjärvi

    from: Four Shakespeare Songs, 1984

    Full Fathom Five                                John Banister (1630-1679)

    Arr. Sebastian Krause

    Full Fathom Five                                Matthew Harris

    from: Shakespeare Songs, Book I

    Full Fathom Five                                Charles Wood (1866-1926)


    Shall I Compare Thee to a                Nils Lindberg (b. 1933)

                            Summer’s Day (No. 18)