Since its founding in 2001, Chantry has enchanted audiences throughout the Washington area with what the Washington Post has called the "unfettered joy" of its singing, the "moving" quality of its performance, and the "acute stylistic awareness" and "gut-level understanding of the idiom" which it brings to early music. Led by David Taylor, Chantry’s 10-16 professional early music voices are dedicated to fresh, vibrant, historically informed performance of neglected masterpieces of Renaissance polyphony and music of the Baroque era.|
David Taylor, Chantry's founder and music director, holds a D.Mus.A. degree in choral literature and performance from the University of Colorado, a M.Mus. degree in conducting from the University of Maryland, where he studied with Paul Traver, and a B.Mus. degree in organ from Andrews University. He was the founding music director of Musicorum, a southern Minnesota early music ensemble, and spent 15 years as a college choral director. He is a former member of the Choir of Men and Boys of Washington Cathedral under Paul Callaway, and has served as organist-choirmaster for numerous churches since beginning his church music career at age 13. Chantry sings much of its repertoire from performing editions prepared by Dr. Taylor.