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What People Are Saying About Us

Dr. Craig Jessop, Director Emeritus of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and current Dean of the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University

"To work and perform the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 with Elena Sharkova and the Cantabile Youth Singers was one of the great experiences of my professional career. The beauty of their angelic voices coupled with the mature artistry of their musical performance is simply one of the great treasures of children's choirs in America!”

Jim Papoulis, Composer and Conductor

"I have had the opportunity to work with hundreds of choirs on all continents, and Cantabile is among the best. My experience with Elena Sharkova and her choirs was magical. The musical integrity, the desire to improve, and the vision by an amazing conductor, creates a superb experience for the creation of real music. The combination of musicianship, depth of programming, and pure enjoyment from the choristers was truly unique.”

Mark Lemaire, Recording Engineer,

"Incredible! In my years of recording choral groups of all ages, I have never heard young people singing with such precision, grace, and power. The repertoire, drawn from many cultures, is mind-opening and musically challenging. Bravo, Elena Sharkova and Cantible!"

David Bratman, San Francisco Classical Voice

"The choruses outstripped even the soloists in awesomeness…The Chorale enunciated its lyrics with a clarity that overwhelmed its position far off at the back of the stage."

Ragnar Bohlin, San Francisco Symphony Chorus Director, Artistic Director, Cappella SF & Corty Fengler, Cappella SF Board Chair

"It was a great concert last night. The girls shone bright; their singing was stunning, and of course they impressed everyone with the fact that they had all that Russian memorized. Not to mention the French! Cantabile is surely a bright star in the Bay Area."

Meet Our Artistic Director


Artistic Director and Conductor of Vocalise, Artistic Advisor to Aria

Elena Sharkova has been Artistic Director of the Cantabile Youth Singers since 2004 and oversees all educational and performance aspects of the program, in addition to conducting the top choir, Vocalise and being the Artistic Advisor to Aria.

Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, Ms. Sharkova received a Bachelor’s Degree in music education and piano and subsequently a graduate degree in conducting from the world-renowned St. Petersburg Rimski-Korsakov State Conservatoire, alma mater to Tchaikovski, Prokofiev...

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Meet Our Artistic Staff


    Associate Conductor and Director of Musicianship Curriculum, Ensemble Conductor, Intermediate Conductor, Voice Master Class Clinician

    Recently arrived from Colorado Springs, Colorado, Lori Bammesberger is thrilled to join the artistic faculty of Cantabile for the 2017-18 season. Ms. Bammesberger is a choral conductor, voice teacher and soprano soloist.
    She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a Master’s in Voice Performance and Opera.
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    Accompanist, Vocalise

    Natalie discovered her passion for music at the age of 6. After completing her studies with Professor Dmitry Svetozarov at St- Petersburg conservatory of music, where she received her Artistic Diploma, she was invited to play the majestic Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto with the conservatory orchestra. For the next 4 years she worked as a collaborative pianist with Professor Mariss Jansons at the St-Petersburg Conservatory.
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    Teacher of Prep 1 and Prep 2

    Jazmine Harnishfeger-Brand is honored and excited to join the Cantabile Artistic Staff this year! Jazmine began her musical studies with piano lessons at age four. She was extensively involved with school music programs throughout her education. While attending Long Beach Polytechnic High School (a Grammy Signature Gold School), she extensively performed with a diverse group of ensembles and instruments (including Harpsichord, Baritone Saxophone, Classical and Jazz Piano, Mallet Percussion and French Horn).
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    Young Men’s Division Director, Bravi and Aria Conductor, Voice Master Class Clinician

    Baritone, clinician, and educator Jace Wittig is pleased to be joining the artistic faculty of Cantabile Youth Singers for his second season as a Vocal Master Class clinician. An Indianapolis native, he began his musical training as a young singer with the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, performing and touring often in North America and Europe.
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    Teacher of Prep 1 and Prep 2

    Born into a choral family, Emily was attending choir rehearsals as soon as they would let her. Emily sang in school and church choirs growing up, and sang her first church solo at age 3. At age 10, Emily started performing in musicals, and continued that throughout high school and college.
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    Teacher of Prep 1 and Prep 3

    Amy Fickenscher is a music educator, specializing in teaching choral, vocal, and general music to young students. Most recently, Amy served as an adjunct faculty member in Music Education at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance, where she worked with pre-service Choral Music Education students. At the same time, Amy was the Director of Elementary Choirs at Pacific Youth Choir in Portland, Oregon. She also served on the artistic faculty of the San Francisco Girls Chorus from 2009-2012.
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    A native of Silicon Valley, Amanda Ku grew up singing in choirs and has played piano for as long as she can remember. A passion for making music with others has since become a driving force in her life, and she is excited to take the next step in her musical career with Cantabile.
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    Sponsors and Merchant Partners

    Cantabile Youth Singers is proud to be sponsored by the following foundations, individuals and corporations:

    Foundation Sponsors

    Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation

    Center for Cultural Innovation

    Silicon Valley Creates

    Los Altos Community Foundation

    Corporate Sponsors



    Vendor and Community Partners

    Akshay Yoga

    Alice Amigassi

    Frank Bizzarro Auctioneers


    Los Altos Chamber of Commerce

    Minuteman Press

    Sal's Airport & Limousine Service

    Sonnet Wine Cellars

    WE Los Altos

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