Chanticleer is a twelve member full-time ensemble of male voices that performs a richly varied and extensive collection of classical music, jazz, gospel, and avant-garde.
The Founding of Chanticleer:
Louis Botto founded Chanticleer in 1978, in San Francisco. Botto earned a graduate degree in musicology, and after discovering that much of the Renaissance music he studied was rarely performed, he organized a group of all male singers (as it was during the Renaissance period) to perform these missing works.
Members of Chanticleer:
Though the group's history of voices range from eight to twelve, currently, there are two basses, one baritone, three tenors, and six countertenors.
Gabe Lewis-O'Connor (Bass)
Eric Alatorre (Bass)
Jace Wittig (Baritone)
Todd Wedge (Tenor)
Brian Hinman (Tenor)
Matthew Oltman (Tenor, Assistant Music Director)
Alan Reinhardt (Countertenor, alto pitch)
Cortez Mitchell (Countertenor, alto pitch)
Adam Ward (Countertenor, alto pitch)
Michael McNeil (Countertenor, soprano pitch)
Dylan Hostetter (Countertenor, soprano pitch)
Michael Match (Countertenor, soprano pitch)
Recording History and Awards:
Since the ensemble's founding in 1978, Chanticleer has recorded thirty-one albums. In 1997, Chanticleer's "In the Still of the Night" from Lost in the Stars was nominated for a GRAMMY. Their album Colors of Love won a GRAMMY Award in 2000 for Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without Conductor). Also, in 2003, Lamentations and Praise won the GRAMMY Award for Classical Best Contemporary Composition and Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without Conductor).