Cantores Community Choir is a non-profit, tax exempt under IRC 501(c)(3)-a 509 (a)(2) Public Charity choral organization open to anyone High School and older who enjoys singing and wants to learn more about music and perform a wide range of musical styles and genres. Education and community outreach are our two primary goals.

If you enjoy singing and want to expand your musical experiences in a very welcoming environment, please fill out a membership form today.

Audition is not required!

We rehearse Mondays from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the choir room of

First United Methodist Church in Downers Grove, IL

1032 Maple ave Downers Grove, Il 60515

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"In Pursuit of Awesomeness" Youth Choral Camp Summer 2019        June 3-7 2019

4:00 pm to 6:30 pm


Choral camp

"In Pursuit of Awesomeness" summer choir camp is dedicated to providing eight grades and high school students with the opportunity to have an excellent week-long, concentrated choral music experience. The program is designed to challenge and enrich the student with inspiring rehearsal and the teaching of various techniques to achieve their most potential in their participation as singers in the setup of a choral ensemble. Enabling them to expand their musical knowdledge and creating an inclusive atmosphere of total fun, learning and individual growth. 

Complete the form and registration fee (Check or money order). Print and send to: Cantores Community Choir, P.O. Box 736, Downers Grove, IL 60515



Belford Hernandez / Music Director

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An accomplished director, arranger and composer for vocalist, choral groups and instrumentalist, Belford has performed in many piano recitals as a featured artist in Venezuela, Colombia, Jamaica, Ecuador, Canada and United States. In addition he has served as piano collaborator for professional choir and instrumental ensembles.

He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Adventist University of Colombia and master in Choral Music Education from VanderCook School of Music in Chicago, IL. Currently, Belford is the Music Director at Montini Catholic High School in Lombard, ILL, and Music  Director at Hinsdale United Methodist church. Additionally he is the Jazz piano collaborator for the Illinois Music Educator Association (ILMEA).

Previously, Belford has served as Piano Collaborator and Choir Director at Downers Grove South High School, Piano Collaborator for Anima Singers of Greater Chicago (formely Glenn Ellyn Children Chorus) and Chapel Choir Director at First United Methodist Church.

 See Curriculum Vitae 

Matthew Loeb/ Piano Collaborator


Matthew Loeb is an active performer, director and music educator in the Chicago area. He has played professionally since the age of 16 for a variety of venues; including serving as pianist for the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra and rehearsal, show pianist for the Rising Star Theatreworks. He also performed as an onboard show band musician and headliner accompanist for Carnival Cruise Lines.

Currently, he accompanies, arranges and teaches beside Belford at Montini Catholic High School and he is Director of Youth Music and Worship Band at Hinsdale United Methodist Church. Matt holds a Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. His primary teachers include Jeong Soo Kim, William Goldenberg and Robert Chappell.

Don Dunham/ Administrator





Spring Concert 2019



Christmas Concert December 15-16 2018

Christmas 2018


Spring Concert May 19 2018 4:00 pm

Hinsdale United Methodist Church

945 South Garfield, Hinsdale, IL 60521

May 19


Spring Concert May 20 2018

First United Methodist Church in Downers Grove, IL

1032 Maple ave. Downers Grove, IL 60515

may 20



Sounds of the Season 2017

Saturday December 16 / Sunday December 17

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