From June 27 to July 1, 2012, members of Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley participated in the fourth annual Windy City Youth Choral Festival and performed a stand-alone concert in Chicago's famed Orchestra Hall.
Cantabile's Artistic Director Elena Sharkova also served as the Artistic Director of the Windy City Festival. Many other choirs from around the country demonstrated great interest in this festival because of her reputation and unmatched ability to create great choral music in a combined choir setting.
Participating choirs spent time in the “Windy City” sightseeing, attending rehearsals and optional individual clinic sessions. Cantabile was featured in a stand-alone performance for the other participating choirs, and the grand finale concert brought together all the choirs to sing together en masse in historic Orchestra Hall on Michigan Avenue - home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
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Select members of Ensemble and Vocalise choirs traveled to England from July 10 through July 19 to participate in the Somerset International Children's Choral Festival, and to perform many uplifting concerts for the British public. The Festival's Artistic Director was none other than our own Elena Sharkova. Highlights of the tour included performances at Wells Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford, Sherborne Abbey, Great Wakering as well as a special reception by Mayor of Southend-on-Sea, David Norman.
"I was deeply impressed, not only by our singers' dedication and hard work while on tour, but also by their enthusiasm and maturity," said Maestra Sharkova. She added, "During our stay in England, I was inspired to see our group transform into artistic ambassadors of Silicon Valley."
In between performances, the group visited some of the world-famous sights of England, and even managed to catch the latest Harry Potter movie!
During the last four days in England, our choristers were hosted by their Southend-on-Sea counterparts, who visited the Bay Area last year and stayed as guests in their homes. This trip strengthened the bonds of friendship between the two choirs, and the singers will likely stay in contact for many more years to come.
2010: New York - Carnegie Hall
In the summer of 2010, Cantabile Youth Singers had the honor of performing a stand-alone concert in New York's historic Carnegie Hall.
2009: Estonia, Finland, Russia
Highlights of Cantabile's 2009 tour included the Laulupidu Song Festival and the historic Song Field in Tallinn, Estonia, a perfromance in the world famous Church of the Rock in Helsinki, Finland, and an unforgettable concert in the gothic Cappella in St. Petersburg, Russia.