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Cantabile provides the opportunity for children to explore their love of music and to participate in choral music education and performance through concerts, outreach programs, community engagement, and national and international tours from a very early age.

2017-2018 Concert and Event Schedule

June 5, 2017

8th Annual Gala Concert Fundraising Auction

Saturday February 10, 2018

Angelicas, Redwood City

June 5, 2017

8th Annual Cantabile Festival for Young Voices

Saturday March 24, 2018

First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto

June 5, 2017

All Choir Concert

Saturday April 28, 2018

First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto

June 5, 2017

Spring Concert with Vocalise, Bravi, and Aria

Saturday May 19, 2018

First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto



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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, RubatoRecording.com

"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


ELENA SHARKOVA

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


    LORI BAMMESBERGER

    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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    NATALIE MESH

    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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    JAZMINE HARNISHFEGER-BRAND

    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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    JACE WITTIG

    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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    EMILY BENDER

    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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    AMY FICKENSCHER

    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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    AMANDA KU

    Accompanist


    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


    Avidbank


    FeinbergDay


    Vendor and Community Partners


    Akshay Yoga


    Alice Amigassi


    Frank Bizzarro Auctioneers


    Jumbula


    Los Altos Chamber of Commerce


    Minuteman Press


    Sal's Airport & Limousine Service


    Sonnet Wine Cellars


    WE Los Altos


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