Canterbury Singers, USA

Incorporated by a small group of Toledo choral musicians interested in the musical traditions of the Anglican/Episcopal Church, the Canterbury Singers USA, under the direction of James R. Metzler, is one of the most popular American choral organizations singing in residence at English Cathedrals.

With 17 choral tours during the last 20+ years, it has served as the professional choir-in-residence at the cathedrals of Norwich, Guildford, Salisbury, Canterbury, Durham, York Minster, Ely, Christ Church (Oxford), St. Paul's (London), and on several occasions at Westminster Abbey in London. Also, most recently, the choir sang for multiple services at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. In August 1995, the ensemble was the only American choir invited to sing for one of the many VJ Day 50th Anniversary Commemoration Services held throughout England (The Chaplain for the British Armed Forces requested that the choir provide the music for the service at York Minster Cathedral in the Royal Presence of the Duke and Duchess of Kent).

Comprised of choral musicians residing in six states, it gathers for rehearsals at the English site after individually learning all the choral music in advance, and then sings all choral services for the period of time it is invited to be in residence.