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Welcome Future Cantabile Singers

Cantabile Youth Singers is a program of exceptional music education and vocal training for singers aged 4-18. We have fabulous singers from elementary, middle and high school but that’s just the beginning of the story. Our Preparatory classes help get a young singer started and lead to the acquisition of skills that promote a singer to our upper choirs. In Cantabile, you build friendships, create memories, and make music through weekly rehearsals, fabulous performance opportunities locally, nationally, and internationally. You will be collaborating with amazing professional musicians in a variety of genres from the world-renowned classical groups like the Kronos Quartet, Symphony Silicon Valley (Lord of the Rings), Stanford Symphony Orchestra, Whole Noyse orchestra and other local and national artists. When we commission new works you will be with the choir to deliver that first-ever professional performance, and when we record in the studio your voice will be a part of the magic. In 2015 we worked on and performed the world premiere of a new music commission with English composer Will Todd, entitled 'Shine'.

Welcome Future Cantabile Parents
Thank you for your interest in Cantabile Youth Singers for your young performer! Cantabile is a program of exceptional music education and vocal training for young people.

The mission of Cantabile Youth Singers is to offer children comprehensive choral music education and performance opportunities of the highest caliber thereby engaging their hearts and minds, encouraging a lifetime appreciation of the arts, and building an understanding of the diversity of human-kind, cultures, and languages.

Our values are:
Joy: The creation of great choral music is a shared experience that lifts the spirits of all associated with its production. We value the enjoyment we bring to participants, families, and audiences in the music we teach, make, and hear.
Quality: We promote excellence through continuous improvement; high standards for repertoire, curriculum, and performance; and a firm commitment to inspire and reward our audiences and participants with our music.
Community: A strong sense of a shared community involving singers, artists, families, supporters, volunteers, administration, and audiences is fundamental to achieving our music education and performance goals.
Collaboration: We view collaboration as essential. Partnerships among our programs and with other Bay Area community and music organizations and composers enable Cantabile to strengthen our educational programs, extend our ability to reach audiences, and develop creatively.

We pursue our mission and values through a comprehensive choral music-training program including movement, games, age-appropriate music theory and vocal training, performance, and fun.

What does a Cantabile Season look like?

Preparatory 1, 2 and 3: Classes for these three levels are semester-based (September-December and February-May) and online registration opens around Mid-June for the fall semester, and in November for the winter semester. All Prep singers re-register every semester. Prep classes begin in early September and run until mid-December, and the winter semester begins in early February and runs until mid-May. We do not hold classes over Labor Day, Thanksgiving (Wednesday and Thursday), the Holidays and New Year, or Ski Week, we do however continue to hold classes during Spring Break.

Mid-June Online registration opens for fall semester
Late August Open House with free demo classes
September-December February-May Teaching semesters (interviews for Prep 3 available throughout the season by request)
November Online registration opens for winter semester
Late January Open House with free demo classes
May-June Current Prep 3 singer evaluations
May-August New singer auditions available by request (Prep 3 only)

Intermediate: The teaching season for this choir runs from August through May. Singers register for and commit to the entire season however we do allow mid-term enrollment in Intermediate. We hold end of season evaluations for existing singers during May and June. We offer rolling auditions for Intermediate throughout our regular season with an emphasis on extra appointments being available in May and August. Registration opens in mid-June and is completed online. Rehearsals for this choir start in the late August and run until mid-May, with breaks over Labor Day, Thanksgiving (Wednesday and Thursday), the Holidays and New Year, and Ski Week, we do however continue to hold rehearsals during Spring Break.

Mid-June Online registration opens
August-May Teaching season (auditions available throughout the season by request)
Start of January Mid-term enrollment
May-June Current singer evaluations
May-August New singer auditions available by request

Ensemble | Vocalise | Bravi | Aria: The teaching season for these choirs runs from August through May, with the Cantabile tour in June or July. Singers register for and commit to the entire season. We hold end of season evaluations for enrolled singers during May and June. Membership in Aria is for girls in Vocalise only and is by special audition in late August. We offer rolling auditions for these choirs throughout our regular season with an emphasis on extra appointments being available in May and August for fall enrollment . We do allow mid-term admission to Ensemble and VTG choirs only - we do not admit students to Vocalise, Bravi, or Aria choirs mid-term. Registration opens in mid-June and is completed online. Rehearsals for these choirs start in the last week of August and run until mid-May, with breaks over Labor Day, Thanksgiving (Wednesday and Thursday), the Holidays and New Year, and Ski Week, we do however continue to hold rehearsals during Spring Break.

Mid-June Online registration opens
August-May Teaching and performance season (auditions are available throughout the season by appointment)
May-June Current singer evaluations
May & August New singer auditions
Late August Aria auditions (Vocalise girls only)