Choral Arts Ensemble
Choral Arts Ensemble (CAE) has been inspiring audiences throughout southeast Minnesota with performances of outstanding choral music since its founding by Rick Kvam in 1985. The singers of CAE are active community members from a wide variety of professions, including teachers, farmers, doctors, bankers, computer technicians, and church leaders, all drawn together to create excellent music and contribute to the artistically thriving life in and around Rochester.
CAE has collaborated locally with the Rochester Symphony, Honors Choirs of SE Minnesota, Rochester Art Center, Janet Lang Dancers and regionally with the Great River Shakespeare Festival, The Singers – Minnesota Choral Artists, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Dale Warland Singers. For five years CAE’s Christmas at Assisi concert has been broadcast on KSMQ public television and the choir has selections played regularly on Classical Minnesota Public Radio on the daily playlist, the Choral Stream or the Regional Spotlight segment.
Since 1998 CAE has partnered with the Mayo Clinic to coordinate its Rosemary and Meredith Willson Harmony for Mayo Music Program – Monday noontime concerts in the Lips Atrium on the Mayo campus. These free concerts feature a wide variety of performers, including CAE, and music (e.g. bluegrass, country, folk, gospel, jazz, ethnic, classical); they are open to patients, staff, and the general public.