CantaRode is a music festival and a league. This means that the program also contains two competition rounds. The participating choirs will be judged by a professional international jury. The jury for the 2021 competition is currently being compiled. To get an impression, the jury of CantaRode 2019 consisted of:

Brady Allred (United States, chairman)

Artistic director and conductor of the Salt Lake Choral Artists with 200 singers in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. He worked as a music teacher and director of choir studies at the University of Salt Lake City. With his choirs he is regularly invited to perform in the U.S. and abroad. He also won various prizes, like the European Grand Prix international choir competition and the the Marktoberdorf Chamber Choir competition in Germany.

Luc Anthonis (Belgium)

Musician, orchestra and choir master, music teacher and teacher for various instruments. He is musical director and conductor of various choirs and ensembles in Belgium, Latvia, Italy and Austria. Since 2007 he works for the Royal Flemish Conservatory of Antwerp (Belgium). Luc Anthonis is a regular jury member at the international choral competition for young people in Neerpelt (Belgium) and the provincial choral competition of the provinces of Antwerp and West Flanders. Luc Anthonis is regularly asked as a jury member at various national and international choir competitions.

John Damsma (The Netherlands)

Choir and orchestra conductor, arranger, choir coach and juror at various festivals for both choirs and instrumental ensembles. Artistic leader Dutch Choir Festival (NKF), Jury chairman Dutch Choir Festival (NKF), Member artistic committee European Youth Festival (EMJ) Neerpelt in Belgium, Juror EMJ 2016 – vocal, Member artistic committee ‘CantaRode’, Jurylid International Youth Music Festival Bratislava.

Volker Hempfling (Germany)

Church musician and conductor in Germany. He studied Protestant church music, organ and choir conducting in Herford and Cologne. In 1968 he founded the “Kölner Kantorei” in Cologne, specializing in a cappella music. From 1972 to 1985 Hempfling was organist and cantor of the Lutheran cathedral in Altenberg in Germany. He has also conducted various choirs for many years. He gave concerts throughout Europe and in Israel. Since 1985, Hempfling has also been a teacher at the Music University / Conservatory Saarland and professor of choral conducting at the Robert Schumann University in Düsseldorf, both in Germany. He gave guest lessons throughout Europe and in the United States.

Bernie Sherlock (Ireland)

Known as an international choral expert, adjudicator, workshop leader, and teacher of conducting, and she has won numerous international prizes for her conducting and interpretation. She is the founder-conductor of the multi-award-winning chamber choir New Dublin Voices, critically acclaimed for its innovative concert programming and its work in television, radio and recording. The choir has won prizes at competitions in Hungary, Finland, France, Germany, Slovenia, Belgium, Italy, and Ireland. Bernie’s adjudication and workshop engagements have taken her around Europe and to the US, Canada and China. She is a Lecturer in Music at the TU Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama, and Artistic Director of Sing Ireland’s annual International Conducting Summer School. She holds a BA in music from Trinity College Dublin, and masters and doctoral degrees in conducting.