Happy New Year!
It’s the first week of January and, like most people, I like to pause on the threshold of 2016, reflecting gratefully on the gifts of the past year and welcoming the unknown with a smile and excitement.
Thoughts and emotions fill my mind and heart as I think back on Cantabile’s many wonderful events, concerts, rehearsals, gatherings, and conversations. But one seems to bubble up with great permanency — the realization that in 2015 our vibrant community took yet another leap into the future.
We have built our organization around children and youth who love to sing, who feel joyful, inspired, supported, and challenged when making music with others and sharing it with the world around them.
I believe that singing in Cantabile gives our children an ultimate artistic and communal experience. In a world of competition, pressure, and anxiety to achieve, Cantabile offers a place where they experience inspiration and compassion, see and share beauty while creating artistic excellence.
Excellence knows no age is one of my favorite sayings. Cantabile’s curriculum includes musicianship and vocal training; history of the world through art, music and languages; performance and stage training. We teach yoga, qigong, meditation and mindful movement so our choristers become self-aware, learn to connect to their inner strengths and know how to “return back to center” in any situation.
As a teacher, conductor, and the artistic leader of Cantabile, I strive toward a very hefty goal — to empower my students as musicians, performers, interpreters of art and life, communicators, but, most importantly, to inspire them to be humans who are in harmony with themselves, with others, and with the world around them.
Harmony, harmonizing, harmonious – these beautiful words don’t solely belong in articles about choral singing. Our children are poised to change the score of the world by sharing the powerful harmonies of their voices and their hearts.
Here is to a harmonious, joyful, ringing 2016!