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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.
May 19, 2016

All Choir Concert

Saturday May 6, 2017, 1PM

First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto

May 19, 2016

Spring Concert with Vocalise, Bravi and Aria

Saturday May 13, 2017, 1 PM

First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto

Registration is now open for Cantabile's Singing Summer Camp! For more information on dates and registration, please visit our Summer Camp page.

"I believe that all art forms: music, dance, performance & visual are our birthright as human beings. Being creative, expressive, and musical is as much a part of who we are as breathing, thinking and loving. We are hardwired to express, to create, to share, and to connect in these ways."
Jazmine Harnishfeger-Brand, Program and Production Manager, Adjunct Faculty

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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.”

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."

Elija Ho, San Jose Mercury News

"Johann Adam Hiller, a Mozart contemporary, inscribed his copy of the Requiem score with: “Opus summum viri summi.” Not surprisingly, “the greatest work by the greatest man” often falls short in live performances. On Friday, the Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale made its joy in singing this transcendent music palpable and, as led by Elena Sharkova, presented a forceful, dramatic argument for Hiller’s statement. The singers’ enthusiasm was probably the finest, most contagious element of the performance, and it appeared to spur on the orchestra, emanating warmth."

Parent of Two Cantabile Singers

"Thank you all for this weekend's (annual Retreat) amazing learning opportunity for the kids. Today's school pressures are intense and kids are pulled in so many directions by competing commitments. Because they are immersed in a community of people who are dedicated to the art form - teachers, musicians, staff, students, parents and they get to be with Cantabile 24/7, their teachers and role models, and they get peer support from friends, who also happen to be cool kids, these choir intensives really fire up their innate love of singing, and renew their commitment! Thank you so much for making this happen!"

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


    KATHERINE GERBER

    Conductor of Intermediate


    Katherine Gerber completed her undergraduate degree at the I.U Jacobs School of Music, where she received a double degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education with a Choral Music emphasis. Following this, Katherine resided in Sydney, Australia for several years, where she sang such roles as Antonia in “Tales of Hoffmann,” with the Sydney Madrigal Singers, and sang solos in several different oratorio works throughout the greater Sydney area. While in Sydney, Katherine also spent many years as Head of the Vocal Department at Stella Maris College, where she directed several of the school’s internationally award-winning choruses.
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    SIMONA SNITKOVSKAYA

    Accompanist, Ensemble and Vocalise


    Simona posseses a vast array of experience of playing piano and coaching both here in the Bay Area, and also in her home town of St. Petersburg, Russia. Simona studied for her Bachelor of Musical Arts in Piano at St. Petersburg Music College and went on to complete her Masters of Musical Arts in Piano and Postgraduate Studies in Piano and Chamber Music 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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    BEAU DREAM


    Classical musician Beau Dream has lived and played in the Bay Area since the year 2000. Originally from Charleston, SC, Beau holds a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from SF Conservatory of Music (2002), and a Master of Music Degree in Viola Performance from SF State University (2007).
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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


    Silicon Valley Creates


    Los Altos Community Foundation


    Corporate Sponsors


    Avidbank


    FeinbergDay


    Vendor and Community Partners


    Alice Amigassi


    Frank Bizzarro Auctioneers


    Inksmith Printing


    Jumbula


    Los Altos Chamber of Commerce


    Sonnet Wine Cellars


    WE Los Altos


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