Kantorei serves youth ages 6-18 in the northern Illinois area. This unique program was founded in 1964 by Linden Lundstrom (1913-1996) as The Singing Boys of Rockford to provide a quality musical education, while instilling in each member the rewards of self discipline, responsibility, and dedication towards common goals.


In the 2017-2018 season, Kantorei expanded to become a fully coeducational choir serving all children in elementary to high school. Kantorei’s mission is to offer an outstanding musical education and has provided several generations of young singers the opportunity to perform high quality choral music both throughout the stateline and around the globe.

Board of Directors

Paul Steffan, President

Shane Caiola, Immediate Past President

David Peason, Treasurer

Addison Youngblood

About Us

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Angela Martinez

Angela Martinez is a local music educator from Rockford, IL, and she joined the Kantorei Board in 2021. While growing up, Angela enjoyed singing in various choirs and performing in musicals. She has worked in music education for the past 5 years with children ages 4 and up, and she is currently a voice teacher and director at The Studio. Angela holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Rockford University, and in her free time, she loves to sew, play board games, and go on walks with her dog, Hurley


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Margo Stedman

Margo Stedman is the product of a youth choir from her hometown of Orlando, FL and joined the Kantorei Board in 2017. She has worked for over 15 years with numerous performing arts organizations and festivals nationally in varying capacities from Program Manager to Marketing Director to consultant and is currently the Education and Community Engagement Director at the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. She holds degrees in music and communications from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL and a Master of Arts Management from American University in Washington, DC. In her free time, Margo loves to sing, read, and go on adventures with her husband Kyle.

Sean Denny