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Welcome to
Contrapunctus Early Music

Under the leadership of Musical Director David Acres and Executive Director Dr. Judith Overcash Acres, Contrapunctus is excited to explore the variety and beauty found in all genres of vocal music:  with programming that ranges from medieval carols to the avant-garde, CEM is committed to the creation of delightful programs designed to engage, entertain, educate, and - above all - to stir the soul.

Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Contrapunctus Early Music is a professional vocal ensemble specializing in the performance of sacred and secular a cappella vocal music from the Middle Ages through the modern era. Contrapunctus Early Music strives to combine polyphony, history, art and dialogue to create programs of exceptional music presented within an historical context.

Upcoming Events

Mar 25

Lenten Reflections


The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist 

(1007 Superior Ave, Cleveland, Ohio, 44114)

START: 7:30 p.m.



DONATIONS will be accepted on the day of the concert

Contrapunctus Early Music returns to The Cathedral of St. John -

along with our 'sister' ensemble from Charleston, SC, 

The King's Counterpoint!


CEM and KCP come together for the very first time to present a truly glorious concert of shimmering, sacred choral music, featuring some of the most beautiful Lenten compositions from across six centuries. Including works by Allegri, 

Byrd, Tallis, Morales, Alonso Lobo, Victoria, Elgar, Sir John Tavener, 

John Sanders and more!


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"Thanks to all of you for a fascinating, superbly performed, and powerfully moving program. The sound of your choir, with every singer equally strong, singing with perfect clarity and purity of tone, is unlike any other I have heard, and well suited to the music of all the eras you perform. It was a real privilege to hear you for the first time and I look forward to hearing you again in the future (and encouraging others to do so).

This is truly a world class group." 

(March 2015, D. Badagnani, 'Angel Voices V.II' )


"... if these fine performances are any indication, audiences should flock to

the group’s next concert..."

(June 2014,


"... Sunday's large audience was

treated to some glorious singing ... 

amazing arcs of polyphony..." 

(March 2014,


"Contrapunctus sang with a translucent clarity.... Their intonation was excellent, and the parts were superbly balanced..." 

(October 2014 -

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