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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

Mozart’s Requiem with Symphony Silicon Valley

March 17-19, 2017

California Theatre, San Jose

May 19, 2016

All Choir Concert

Saturday May 6, 2017

First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto

May 19, 2016

Spring Concert with Vocalise, Bravi and Aria

Saturday May 13, 2017

All Saints Episcopal Church, Palo Alto

Learn About Cantabile

Learn the art of singing in a fun and supportive environment

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."

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


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


    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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    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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    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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    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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    Sponsors and Merchant Partners

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


    Inksmith Printing

    WE Los Altos


    Sonnet Wine Cellars

    Silicon Valley Creates

    Alice Amigassi

    Los Altos Community Foundation


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