Upcoming Events

Gloriæ Dei Cantores in Concert: Renaissance Masters

February 11, 2023, 3:30 PM
In-Person and Livestreamed
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

Be immersed in the sacred sounds of the Renaissance from masters including Palestrina, des Prez, and Taverner.

Tickets: 508-240-2400 or Purchase online here
FREE tickets for students and youth 18 & under.


March 25, 2023
In-Person and Livestreamed
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

Recent Events

Epiphany Evensong

Saturday, January 7, 2023, 5:00 p.m

Join Gloriæ Dei Cantores and members of the Gaudete Baroque Ensemble for a special Epiphany Choral Evensong at the Church of the Transfiguration, Rock Harbor, Orleans, featuring J. S. Bach’s cantata, Schwingt freudig euch empor, BWV 36. The service will be both in-person and livestreamed. No tickets are required.

For more information, call 508-240-2400.


Carol Sing with ensembles of Arts Empowering Life

Friday, December 23, 3:00 p.m

Celebrate the joy of Christmas with a festive Carol Sing at the newly completed “state-of-the-art” Performing Arts Building (95 Southern Eagle Cartway) in Brewster, MA on December 23 at 3:00 p.m.—FREE for all ages! Bring the whole family to hear stunning carols by world-renowned Gloriæ Dei Cantores, the Wind Ensemble, Chara Percussion, brass, and join in on favorite carols like Angels we have heard on highJoy to the World, and Go Tell it on the Mountain. Refreshments for all!

For more information, call 508-240-2400

Services of Advent Lessons & Carols

Friday & Saturday, November 25 & 26, 2022, 4:30 p.m.
Service was also livestreamed on Saturday, Nov. 26

Gloriæ Dei Cantores celebrated the hope of the season with candle-lit services of Advent Lessons and Carols with readings, prayers, and carols at the Church of the Transfiguration—a beloved tradition for over thirty years. The service was also livestreamed with an extended Organ prelude.



November 11 & 12, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Also Livestreamed Saturday, Nov. 12

Arts Empowering Life presented “Sacred Honor” featuring John Rutter’s Gloria and Gerald Finzi’s Requiem da Camera in commemoration of Veterans Day. Performed by Gloriæ Dei Cantores with orchestra and brass ensemble, and the Wind Ensemble at the Church of the Transfiguration, Rock Harbor, Orleans, this concert honored the lives of Veterans and paid respect to warriors throughout the ages who have answered the call of sacrifice. The concert benefited the Wounded Warrior Project and offered free admission for Veterans.


Gloriæ Dei Cantores in Concert:
Honoring St. Michael & All Angels

Friday, September 30, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

Celebrate St. Michael & the great host of angels who aid us on earth as messengers, protectors, guardians, and helpers, portrayed through the music of Gabrieli, Tchaikovsky, Harris, Howells, and Britten. The concert will be both in-person and livestreamed from the Church of the Transfiguration, Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA.

God & Country Concert

Saturday, July 2, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

Gloriæ Dei Cantores performed a concert titled God & Country, on July 4th weekend, in-person and livestreamed from the Church of the Transfiguration, Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA. The concert featured works by American composers including Copland, Thomson, Parker, Wilhousky, Adler, and Ives. It was a joyful celebration of the sacred sounds of America with music that has lofted through rafters across the country since its founding, and continues to bring comfort and strength to its people today.

Pentecost Choral Evensong

Saturday, June 4, 5:15 p.m.

Gloriæ Dei Cantores sang Pentecost Choral Evensong in-person and livestreamed from the Church of the Transfiguration, Rock Harbor, Orleans. The choir sang Jubliate Deo, Palestrina; Preces & Responses—Westminster Abbey, Buonemani; Collegium Magdalenæ Oxoniense Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis, Leighton; The Old Hundredth Psalm Tune, by R. V. Williams.

CLICK HERE to watch Pentecost Choral Evensong Livestream

Ascension Choral Evensong

Saturday, May 28, 5:15 p.m.

Gloriæ Dei Cantores sang Ascension Choral Evensong at the Church of the Transfiguration. The service was in-person and livestreamed. The choir sang O Rex Gloriæ, Marenzio; Zion Manuscript Preces & Responses, Hale; Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis, Ešenvalds; Faire is the Heaven, Harris.

CLICK HERE to watch Ascension Choral Evensong Livestream

Handel’s Messiah

April 15 & 16, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
April 17, 2022, 3:00 p.m.

Gloriæ Dei Cantores presented Handel’s Messiah, Parts II & III at the Church of the Transfiguration. The work was performed in three parts over three days—the first half of Part II on Good Friday, April 15, all of Part II on Holy Saturday, April 16, and Part III on Easter Sunday, April 17. These concerts were the culmination of Arts Empowering Life’s Lenten Concert Series that was both public & livestreamed.


Lenten Concerts (In-Person & Livestreamed)

Members of Gloriæ Dei Cantores performed choral chamber concerts at the Church of the Transfiguration, Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA on March 5, 12, 26 & April 2, 2022. The concerts included works by Tallis, Casals, Copland, Ešenvalds, Rubbra, Bairstow, Liszt, Palestrina, Poulenc, Byrd, Lassus, Bruckner, Pärt, and Parker. These concerts are part of Arts Empowering Life’s ongoing Lenten Concert Series that are both in-person & livestreamed.

Services of Advent Lessons & Carols (Livestreamed)

Gloriæ Dei Cantores sang services of Advent Lessons & Carols on November 26 & 27, 2021. Enter this Season of Advent with readings, prayers, and carols—a beloved tradition for over thirty years.

Watch the Livestream

Easter Vigil Concert (Livestreamed)

Gloriæ Dei Cantores sang an Easter Vigil Concert in Remembrance & Celebration, livestreamed from the Church of The Transfiguration on April 3, 2021. The concert included Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, Herbert Howells’ Take him, earth, for cherishing, and Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem.

In light of the resurrection season, Gloriæ Dei Cantores dedicated this concert to all of those lives who have returned home— taking this time to remember, honor and recollect their living, and the ways in which our lives were, are, and can be affected by the intersection with theirs while on this journey. WATCH NOW

Lenten Concert (Livestreamed)

Gloriæ Dei Cantores sang a livestreamed Lenten Concert at the Church of The Transfiguration, Orleans, MA on March 13, 2021. The concert included Poulenc’s four motets for the season of Lent, Allegri’s Miserere Mei, Deus, and other works by Tallis, Byrd, Gabrieli, Esquivel and Merulo.

Service of Advent Lessons & Carols — 2020

In these unusual times, we offer you a gift to celebrate Advent—a Service of Advent Lessons & Carols—a beloved tradition for over thirty years. Hear carols sung by Gloriæ Dei Cantores and readings read by Elements Theatre Company.


Gloriæ Dei Cantores makes their home at the Church of the Transfiguration at the Community of Jesus in Orleans, MA.

Services of Advent Lessons & Carols

November 30 & December 1, 2018, 4:30pm

Gloriæ Dei Cantores sang candlelit Services of Advent Lessons and Carols that opened the season of Advent—a beloved tradition for over 30 years. The services included carols, scripture readings, prayers, and traditional songs of the season.
Carols included:
Immortal Babe, Who in thine own way, Campbell
Joys Seven, Cleobury
My Lord has come, Todd
The Christ-Child, Jackson
Go tell it on the mountain, Rutter
Song of the Shepherd’s, Roth
The Shepherds Carol, Chilcott
In the Bleak Midwinter, Esenvalds
Adam Lay Ybounden, Skempton
Now we may singen, McDowall Awake, Awake! Campkin

Concerts in Florence, Italy

November 1-12, 2018

Gloriæ Dei Cantores sang concerts in Florence, Italy at San Miniato al Monte and Orsanmichele as part of an international ecumenical project, Florence and the Idea of Jerusalem.

About the Project:
Florence and the Idea of Jerusalem is an academic international ecumenical project coordinated by Msgr. Timothy Verdon, Director of the Florence Cathedral Foundation Museum and Art Historian in the Stanford University Florence Program, together with Prof. Alexei Lidov, a Byzantinist of Moscow State University, with the participation of the Community of Jesus, a Ecumenical monastic family based in the USA and in Italy, and of the Ars et Fides Association of the Catholic Archdiocese of Florence, of the Diocesan Office for Sacred Art (Florence) and of the Theological Faculty of Central Italy. The initiative, which is part of the millennial celebrations for the Abbey of San Miniato al Monte (1018-2018), is supported by Fieldstead and Company, of Irvine, California.

The project has four components: an academic conference in which Italian, European and Russian scholars will take part, as well as representatives of Florence’s Catholic, Orthodox and Jewish communities; an exhibit of works by the Catholic artist Filippo Rossi and the Protestant Susan Kanaga; concerts of sacred music performed by the Gloriae Dei Cantores (USA); and free visits to the city’s ‘Jerusalem’ sites (the Rucellai chapel at San Pancrazio, San Minato al Monte, etc.), conducted by the volunteer guides of Ars et Fides Firenze.

Gloriæ Dei Cantores Concert

August, 2018

Celebrating thirty years of choral artistry, the internationally acclaimed Gloriæ Dei Cantores performed Passio, written by the world’s most widely-performed 20th Century composer, Arvo Pärt. Regarded as a choral icon, this work is contemplative in style and inspired by some of the earliest monophonic settings of Saint John’s Passion. Passio remains one of his most popular works today.

“…the piece steadily unfolds the familiar tapestry of ancient suffering at the heart of Christian identity.”—The Guardian

When Pärt left Estonia for Austria in 1980, he took with him initial sketches for his Saint John’s Passion narrative, which, two years later would become the culmination of his tintinnabuli compositions. The structure of the work is solely based on the text, “which glows with uncanny radiance at the heart of the music.” (Gramophone)

Under the direction of Richard K. Pugsley, Gloriæ Dei Cantores performed this modern-day choral masterpiece, joined by guest soloists, Colin Balzer (Tenor) and Andrew Nolen (Bass) at the magnificent basilican style Church of the Transfiguration, filled with frescoes, mosaics, and other works of art.

Gloriæ Dei Cantores Concert

July, 2018

Under the direction of Richard K. Pugsley, Gloriæ Dei Cantores performed sacred choral works by two modern composers, Ēriks Ešenvalds and Arvo Pärt.  These two highly sought-after composers brilliantly weave ancient melodies and musical styles with modern interpretations, creating masterpieces that are a kaleidoscope of powerful colors, rich text, and core-deep emotions that are accessible to all.

The following works were performed at this concert:

  • Salve Regina, Arvo Pärt
  • Berliner Messe, Arvo Pärt
  • Peace Be Upon You, O Jerusalem, Arvo Pärt
  • Trinity Te Deum, Ēriks Ešenvalds
  • Psalm 67, Ēriks Ešenvalds
  • In Paradisum, Ēriks Ešenvalds