Choruses/Performing Choirs

Intermediate

In Intermediate we keep children spellbound for two hours as they engage in communal music-making through rhythm games, chants, rounds, dances and movement. All the activities have an educational purpose, often without the children realizing it because they are having so much fun. Their young faces light up as they learn, play, work, and sing together. Intermediate singers receive 30 minutes of Musicianship instruction each week and are placed in either Musicianship A or Musicianship B depending on their level. Cantabile believes that music must first come from within each child and be felt throughout the entire body from their head to their feet and their hands to their heart. Engaging the whole musician is paramount when teaching a young child how to sing.

        Grades 4-6 - Brief interview required by prior appointment to assess readiness.

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Ensemble

Ensemble is for middle school students and high school freshmen wishing to further their musical experiences by learning a fantastic variety of advanced musical literature. Ensemble rehearsals include movement, sight-singing and pitch matching instruction, as well as 30 minutes of Musicianship instruction each week. Singers are placed in either Musicianship A or Musicianship B depending on their level. The core of our activities are teaching choral singing and musicianship: note and sight-reading, solfege, singing on pitch, tempo and rhythm, music theory and performance and stage etiquette. Students experience the joy of learning advanced repertoire in a collaborative, team oriented setting that grows self-esteem and confidence. Ensemble tours annually with Vocalise to national and international destinations, sharing their musical gifts with the world. Singers participate in three Cantabile produced concerts per year and enjoy a family potluck, retreat and the annual Cantabile Festival for Young Voices.

        Grades 6-9 - Requires an audition, arranged by appointment

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Vocalise

Vocalise is Cantabile's top performing choir and is usually for youth aged 12-18. Singers in this ensemble must possess exceptional sight-reading skills, aural skills, and solid vocal technique. Students will find this group to be challenging, rewarding, and exciting to participate in! Singers will perform many different styles of music: including classical, world music, gospel, and jazz and improvisation. The core of our activities are teaching choral singing and musicianship: note and sight-reading, solfege, singing on pitch, tempo and rhythm, music theory and performance and stage etiquette. Students experience the joy of learning advanced repertoire in a collaborative, team-oriented setting that grows self-esteem and confidence.

In the 2015-2016 season Vocalise became a combined treble and SATB ensemble that has both all soprano/alto repertoire as well as repertoire appropriate for SATB (soprano/alto/tenor/bass) voices. This means that boys with changed voices will sing in Vocalise as part of the SATB choir.

        Grades 8-12 - Requires an audition, arranged by appointment

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Aria

Aria is Cantabile’s select all-girls a cappella group comprised of some of Cantabile's most senior members. The group sings songs ranging in genre from baroque to barbershop quartet. Aria has performed across the Bay Area for private parties, benefits, outreach concerts, workshops, and even occasionally on the streets of Palo Alto. The group is partially self-conducted, with leadership and guidance from Artistic Director, Elena Sharkova and conductor Jace Wittig. Aria strives to foster artistic and personal growth through leadership and high-level artistry. The group holds auditions in the fall of each year, which are open to all female Vocalise members.

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Bravi and Vocal Training Group

The Young Men's Division and the Bravi choir were created in 2013 to celebrate Cantabile’s fast growing number of boys with changing and changed voices. Cantabile is committed to giving boys and young men excellent vocal training and artistry as well as great performance opportunities in a supportive and creative community of peers.

Jace Wittig, a former Artistic Director of the world-renowned Chanticleer Men's Chorus, is the musicianship and voice class instructor for the Young Men's Division, conductor of Bravi and teaches the Vocal Training Group.

At the end of its third season, Bravi has earned a solid place in Cantabile’s performing division with its beautiful and powerful sound supported by fine artistry and fantastic camaraderie. To expand musical and social opportunities for our singing men further, we have designed a new curriculum to begin next season.

Starting in the fall 2016, Bravi singers will sing in Vocalise as part of the SATB choir, becoming the tenor and bass sections of this combined treble and SATB ensemble.

Bravi membership is by audition only and requires certain skills in music reading as well as vocal development. Students are evaluated by Bravi’s conductor, Jace Wittig, and by Vocalise conductor Elena Sharkova for musicianship, music theory, sight-singing and other skills needed to sing with Vocalise. Membership in Bravi/Vocalise is possible in two ways:

1) Students from within Cantabile will be assessed by their instructors to determine when it is appropriate for them to join this ensemble;

2) Students from outside of Cantabile may audition to join at the beginning of the academic year.

Members of this choir are expected to have a solid grasp of music theory, to be able to sight-read at an advanced level, and to sing with solid vocal technique. Vocal instruction in this ensemble is geared specifically toward young men in all stages of their voice change.

Bravi’s repertoire is TTBB (tenor and bass, three- to four-part compositions) and chosen to be engaging, musically challenging yet vocally appropriate for the voices in transition. The boys sing various types of repertoire including classical, contemporary, gospel, barbershop, and music from many diverse traditions and cultures. In this friendly, supportive and group-minded environment, the singers are guided through the vocal change while creating artistry and developing strong and lasting musical skills.

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