Megan Tobias7½ years with Cantabile
University of California, Los Angeles
My parents practically dragged me into joining Cantabile halfway through my fifth grade year. Looking back now, I cannot begin to express my gratitude for this gesture. My experiences in Cantabile have been truly transformative; I began in Intermediate as a meek, expressionless pre-teen and eventually flourished into a confident, compassionate leader. Growing up alongside so many talented musicians, I was constantly in awe of the intelligence and empathy that filled Parish Hall every Monday evening. Cantabile provided me with so much more than a stellar music education. With each fulfilling rehearsal, I learned to use music as a catalyst for change, reflected upon the world around me, strengthened my relationships with others, and marveled at the sense of oneness among our choir as we sang dazzling chords and soaring melodies. From performing the soundtrack to The Lord of the Rings to singing in the Notre Dame cathedral to sharing countless laughs while performing silly skits at retreat, memories from my priceless time spent in Cantabile will remain in my heart forever. Thank you, Cantabile, for creating such a collaborative, enriching community; your impact upon my life is unparalleled.