Pronounced “kahn / TAH / bee / lay ,” it is an Italian word which can be literally translated as “singable” or “song-like.” However, in a musical context, it refers to a smooth, flowing, and melodious style. This is exactly how Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley sound as they perform exciting music from many different cultures, time periods and styles.
In 2004 internationally recognized conductor Elena Sharkova was named as the organization's Artistic Director.
The singers, ages 4-18, enjoy weekly rehearsals, seasonal concerts, participation in music festivals, and tours abroad, are frequent guests with premier symphony, opera and ballet companies, and have performed a stand-alone concert at Carnegie Hall.
Cantabile Youth Singers organizes its members into six different choirs, based on level and age: three age-appropriate Preparatory Choirs for students ages 4-9; a fun and high-energy Intermediate Choir for students ages 9-12 or roughly from 4th-6th grade); and the two senior choirs: Ensemble, Cantabile’s premier touring choir, for young people ages 12-15, wishing to further their musical experiences by learning a fantastic variety of advanced literature; and Vocalise, Cantabile’s most advanced group for youth aged 14-18, who will find this group to be challenging, rewarding, and exciting to participate in! Singers in Vocalise are also required to be part of Ensemble.
Auditions and demo classes are held in August, January and May.