Collaborations with local professional and community music organizations


There is ample evidence that singing together in a choir is a positive developmental experience for children.  Choral singing and its older progenitors:  tribal singing, group rituals and religious chanting are part of the human experience through time.  The experience of singing in a group helps children learn the valuable skills of cooperation, teamwork, self-esteem and a sense of self in the larger context of community.  Their own skills and talents are acknowledged as contributing to a larger effort than just themselves.  This prepares children to be active and engaged world citizens and community leaders who focus on issues and needs that are for the greater good.  Their performances teach them how valuable their talents are to bring people together to appreciate music and song and to the sense of community that is created by being part of a larger whole:  both as a performer and an audience member.  This experience of the collective is revolutionary in a time when the movement of education and social media is toward individualism; we create community around beauty and art and interpersonal connection.  Singing in Cantabile allows kids to participate in a larger context and to reap the rewards of accruing skills and talents and sharing those gifts with their audience.

April 2015

Lord of the Rings with Symphony Silicon Valley and Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale

Conductor, Shih Hung Young

January 2015

Gustave Holsts's The Planets, Stanford

Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale, Cantabile Youth Singers and CCRMA and Stanford Symphony Orchestra

Jindong Cai, Conductor

Elena Sharkova, Choral Master 

 May 2014

Monteverdi Vespers, Stanford Memorial Church

Craig Jessup, Conductor

March 2014

Carl Orff's Carmina Burana,California Theatre, San Jose

Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale and Cantabile Youth Singers

Carlos Vieu, Conductor

Elena Sharkova, Choral Director

December 2013

Concert with Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center

October 2013

Villa Montalvo, Bing Hall 

Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Cantabile Youth Singers

October 2011

Holst's The Planets, California Theatre, San Jose

Symphony Silicon Valley and Cantabile Youth Singers

October 2011

Gustave Holst's The Planets, California Theatre, San Jose

Symphony Silicon Valley, Women of SSV Chorale, Cantabile Vocalise

Paul Polivnik, Conductor

Elena Sharkova, Chorus Master



July 2011

Tour of England and collaboration with Southend-on-Sea Girls and Boys Choirs

In July 2011, Cantabile Youth Singers' Touring Choir visited Southend-on-Sea Girls and Boys Choirs. We performed together in a beautiful St. Nicolas Church to a standing-room only audience which included five mayors of the town.


October 2010

Cantabile and Kronos Quartet

Read reviews of Cantabile's performance with the Kronos Quartet at Stanford Lively Arts Center:

Mercury News: "A blast of clean mountain air..."
San Francisco Classical Voice: "Angels in street clothes..."