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Upcoming Events


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.
March 17, 2015
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Holidays with Cantabile Concert

Sunday, December 6, 2015

The California Theater, San Jose

March 17, 2015
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Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem with Symphony Silicon Valley and Chorale

March 18, 19 and 20, 2016

The California Theater, San Jose

February 6, 2015
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Spring Concert with Vocalise, Bravi and Aria

Saturday, May 7, 2016

All Saints Episcopal Church, Palo Alto

February 5, 2015

All Choir Concert

Saturday, May 14, 2016

First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto

February 4, 2015

Movie Performance of Titanic with Symphony Silicon Valley

May 20-22, 2016

San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

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What People Are Saying About Us

Dr. Craig Jessup, 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


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


    LANEY MCCLAIN ARMSTRONG

    Associate Conductor and Director of Musicianship, Conductor of Ensemble, Teacher of Prep 3, and Aria Conductor and Supervisor


    Laney McClain Armstrong is a singer and conductor who has made choral music and choral music education her life’s work. As a conductor and educator, Dr. Armstrong strives to cultivate a love of music in each singer through quality programming, building skills and musicianship, and devotion to the music and texts. She has toured internationally with the San Francisco Girls Chorus and the Harvard University Choir as a singer, and was one of the founding members of the Choral Fellows program at Harvard University in 2001.
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    KATHERINE GERBER

    Training Division Director, Conductor of Intermediate and Intermediate Honors, Teacher of Prep 1, Prep 2 and Prep 3


    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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    DAVID BELLES

    Conductor of Bravi


    This is David Belles’ second season working with Cantabile’s artistic team and the young men of Vocalise and Ensemble. General music teacher and choral director at Bullis Charter School in Los Altos, David teaches music and singing to all students of the school, K-7th grade.
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    OFER DAL LAL

    Special Event Assistant Conductor


    Ofer dal Lal recently relocated to the Bay Area after finishing a master’s degree in conducting at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel-Aviv. Shortly after arriving to the area he joined the faculty of Cantabile Youth Singers and most recently was appointed Artistic Director of Cantabella Children’s Chorus in the Tri-Valley. See full bio

    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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    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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    JACE WITTIG

    Vocal Training Group Director and 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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