CAAM Concerts

2019-2020 Season

All Men A-Loud!

men of Columbia Chorale and CYC, and the men of MU Choirs

10 a.m.-5 p.m. workshop

5 p.m. concert 

Sat., Sept. 28, 2019

Missouri United Methodist Church / Missouri Theatre

CAAM and MU partner to host the fifth-annual men’s choral workshop for area singers ages 10 and up! Dynamic and knowledgeable conductors will help singers dissect common vocal issues in a positive and supportive environment, culminating in a performance featuring workshop participants. Singers will sing in a mass choir, as well as a selected special interest track focusing on a specific music style (musical theatre, gospel, vocal jazz, or standard classical choral literature). Lunch and music are included with the low registration fee. Join us in celebrating the beauty and power of the male voice. No preparation is needed. 

Just a Taste


5 p.m. Sun., Oct. 27, 2019 (free-will donation)

Columbia Independent School (1801 N. Stadium Blvd.)

See what’s in store for the season as CYC presents its annual “Just a Taste Concert” for family and friends! This free-will donation concert raises money to help offset CYC music purchases for the year.

The Universal Composer: Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams

Columbia Chorale and Columbia Civic Orchestra 

7 p.m. Sat., Nov. 2, 2019

Missouri United Methodist Church, MUMC Concert Series

Columbia Chorale and Columbia Civic Orchestra unite for this thrilling concert of the music of English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. Known for breaking down the barrier between fine art and folk music, Vaughan Williams was truly a universal composer. The Civic Orchestra opens the concert with two of his orchestral pieces, and then partners with the Chorale to perform his powerful cantata Dona Nobis Pacem (1936). Setting words from poetry by Walt Whitman alongside religious passages, Vaughan Williams combines sacred and secular text to haunting yet beautiful effect, ending with the final plea for “on earth peace, goodwill to men.”   

True Colors


4 p.m. Sun., Nov. 24, 2019

Location TBA

Now in its 7th season, Columbia Youth Choirs has established itself as the premier youth choir program in the region, providing a musical home for the hundreds of passionate singers who have joined the choral family over the years. CYC members show their “true colors” in a concert that celebrates each person’s individuality and uniqueness, and highlights the beauty of our colorful world. True Colors features each of the CYC ensembles with special guest artists.

Here We Come A-Wassailing 


Fri., Dec. 6 and Sat., Dec. 7, 2019, OR Sun., Dec. 8 (no rehearsal Dec. 1)

CYC choirs kick off the holiday season by spreading cheer throughout the community. See them performing downtown as part of First Fridays in the North Village Arts District, caroling at local nursing homes, and singing in the Columbia Mall. 

Symphony of Toys

Columbia Chorale 

3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 15, 2019

Missouri Theatre

Columbia Chorale returns to the Missouri Theatre stage with the Missouri Symphony Orchestra to usher in the holiday season during the Symphony’s annual holiday concert Sunday afternoon. Enjoy holiday favorites as well as newer works in a concert that puts everyone in the mood for the season. 

Unity: A Benefit Concert

Columbia Community Gospel Choir, Columbia Kids Gospel Choir, and Columbia Chorale

7 p.m. Sat., Jan. 25, 2020 

Location TBA

CAAM promotes Unity in the Community in its fifth-annual concert to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy through a benefit concert performance of gospel-inspired works. Hailed as one of CAAM’s most powerful and uplifting concerts, Unity brings together individuals of all faiths and backgrounds to celebrate diversity and raise money for a deserving area non-profit. Past concerts have raised nearly $10,000 for Youth Empowerment Zone, Granny’s House, United Community Builders, and BOLD Leadership Academy. This year, we join together to support City of Refuge, a non-profit organization created to help refugees and immigrants in Mid-Missouri, and highlight Dr. King’s powerful call to serve with love: “Everybody can be great . . . because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” 

An American Tapestry

Columbia Chamber Choir with Vox Nova

7 p.m. Sat., February 8, 2020

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Experience American history through the lens of choral music! Columbia Chamber Choir is thrilled to be sharing this concert with Vox Nova, Columbia’s own award-winning chamber ensemble, to present An American Tapestry, a collaborative celebration of choral music of the United States. This country’s relatively young but rich choral tradition covers a wide variety of genres, from shape-note singing to African-American spirituals, folk music, and more. 


Prometheus: An American Vocal Consort

Tour March 19-21, 2020 Columbia and KC

Location TBA

CAAM’s Artists-in-Residence under Artistic Director R. Paul Crabb take audiences on a journey through Western Europe in this unique concert experience. Prometheus’ twelve professional singers present sublime a cappella choral music in an intimate setting, where audiences will enjoy wine and food specifically chosen to pair with each musical piece. This imaginative feast for the senses is not to be missed! The ensemble will once again provide free educational outreach concerts to area schools as part of its tour.  

Missouri Composers Orchestra Project Concert

Columbia Chamber Choir

7:30 p.m. Sun., April 5, 2020

Location TBA

Columbia Chamber Choir will premiere new choral works commissioned for the ensemble at the Columbia Civic Orchestra’s annual new music concert, which features the winners of the Missouri Composers Orchestra Project and other new works supported by the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.

Northern Lights: Works by Ola Gjeilo

Columbia Chorale and MOSY Chamber Players with Canta Bella  

7 p.m. Sat., April 11, 2020 

Location TBA

Columbia Chorale ends its season with an ethereal concert of music by the acclaimed Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, presented in collaboration with the outstanding young artists of the Missouri Symphony Chamber Players and a special set from our top CYC singers, Canta Bella. Works include Gjeilo’s piece Northern Lights, which is set to the Latin Pulchra Es text from Song of Solomon and inspired by the aurora borealis phenomenon.

Sounds of Freedom 

CYC with special guests 

4 p.m. Sun., May 3, 2020

Location TBA

Singing has long been a natural means to endure hardship, resist adversity, protest injustice, and unite communities. In its final concert of the season, the CYC choirs in partnership with Columbia Public Schools will explore the moving power of music by performing freedom songs from a variety of cultures and historical periods.  

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Past CAAM Concerts